Top 6 Cloud Computing Gotchas!
Cloud computing, like it or not, is here to stay. But if you must use it, you should at least know how and where to thread.
Here are top 6 gotchas to look out for:
- Standards: The cloud, while filling our life right now, is still relatively young with minimal standards. This one is particularly important with Platform as a Service (PaaS) vendors. Many of these platforms provide an easy-to-use and fast-to-deploy application development and life cycle environment.
However, most are also based on proprietary platforms that do not play nice with other solutions. It’s important to understand potential proprietary lock-in as well as how you interface with the cloud platform or with the API infrastructure.
Flexibility: This seems odd for a cloud gotcha since flexibility and agility is touted as one of the cloud’s greatest benefits. In this case, I’m talking about flexibility within the cloud environment and in the way you interact with the cloud.
What communication protocols are supported, such as REST, SOAP, FTPS, etc.? In the PaaS world, what languages are supported – is it flexible or, for example, a JAVA or .NET environment only. Does it have a flexible API infrastructure?
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