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April 2011, Vol. 32

Cloud performance monitoring: No one-size-fits-all solution

Many IT departments are feeling an extraordinary amount of pressure lately to move applications to the cloud. This pressure often comes from those who are anxious to capitalize on the vast savings advertised by cloud service providers. Without proper performance monitoring, though, you may be left in the dust. Although there is no denying that running applications in the cloud can save money -- especially in the form of startup costs -- some organizations are beginning to discover that the cloud experience isn't always all that it's cracked up to be. As cloud technology begins to mature, security and availability become higher priorities. And although cloud performance can be just as important, it is sometimes overlooked. The bottom line is that your users neither know nor care where an application is running. They expect the application to perform just as well in the cloud as it did when it was hosted in your data center. Cloud performance monitoring 101 So how can you ensure adequate cloud performance? This simple question can...

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