So, were any of you looking for yet another business SaaS app to support? No? Well, your users might have other ideas. Google announced at its industry event this week that it’s splitting the Hangouts app into two: one application for video, and one for chat. That’s aimed at competing with the popular business chat app Slack, of course, recently bought by Microsoft. These born-on-the-web collaboration apps can make employees’ work days easier, but they’re no picnic for IT to constantly track and monitor.
Microsoft also recently made Kubernetes on Azure generally available, which points to the hybrid cloud future as one run on containers (Kubernetes is a container orchestration technology). Containers may be especially well-suited for hybrid cloud because each one is a complete unit, making them easier to move among various clouds. Both Docker and Kubernetes make it possible to deploy containers to multiple clouds from one location. That opens the door to a lot of multicloud possibilities.
All these cloud infrastructure moves bring complexity, and cloud management is becoming more important all the time. There’s an emerging class of products to address specialized needs, though there are also some basic tools to start with. This is one of those technology needs that is evolving along with the cloud computing trend it’s helping to support. It may be easy to overlook now, but the time spent setting up cloud management will likely save a lot of sprawl and licensing hassle down the road.
There’s also a reminder here that cloud application performance needs some thought and planning, just like managing those applications does. As we learned from the recent AWS outage, the cloud is just another data center, too, with the same potential hardware and networking issues as traditional on-premises infrastructure. We at AppNeta know that in-depth cloud monitoring is essential, but better performance can start before you’ve even moved to cloud. Tips to get ahead of cloud performance issues include insisting on apps engineered for performance, testing for performance before deploying apps to the cloud, and then prioritizing management and monitoring after deployment. You can also check out our 5 steps of moving apps to the cloud.
Till next week, don’t let any new SaaS apps sneak in under your radar.