The cloud continues to evolve, and those who adopt it are reaping its benefits. But the amount of return on your cloud investments and the quality of your cloud experience can vary greatly due to differences in network architectures, managed service providers and SaaS providers. For example, in the past couple of years, SaaS powerhouses including Salesforce, Google and Amazon have experienced some major cloud problems, proof that cloud outages and slipups occur even for some of the world’s smartest, most innovative companies.
We just got done unpacking our booth from last week’s Cloud Expo in New York City. Cloud Expo is one of the biggest conventions focused on cloud computing and services, and the event proved to be a great place to meet with other cloud enthusiasts.
The hype around cloud computing has been snowballing and is evident in the exponential attendance growth since Cloud Expo’s inception in 2007. Many attendees who stopped by our booth were curious about the next steps of cloud development – how will the cloud move forward? Well, that’s a topic that deserves its own blog post.
The cloud represents a monumental shift in the way companies approach IT. These days, instead of buying software packages or mountains of storage tapes, we’re just as likely to send software, storage, and other needs to the cloud, which can often afford better solutions at lower costs. However, one challenge that still remains is optimizing response time as more applications are hosted in the public cloud. Because applications hosted on the public cloud are “farther away” from the end-user, customers may find response time leaves something to be desired.
Recognizing this, we rolled out our Cloud Accelerator service in January’2011. The service—an industry’s first acceleration service for public clouds—leverages our Enterprise Services Cloud (ESC) architecture to optimize the performance of applications run on the public cloud, including SaaS, storage, or common office apps.