5 Tips for Better Cloud Application Development

Getting Familiar with Cloud Application Development

Cloud adoption in the software development industry has been skyrocketing for a while now. We’ve come to a point where developing applications in a cloud environment is an everyday thing. However, cloud application development is not yet common enough for everyone to start considering it in their project roadmaps. Today, we’re going to tackle that and help you get familiar with what cloud application development is and how you can get started with it. 

As you might expect, cloud programming differs from traditional systems in many ways, especially when it comes to performance optimization and integration capabilities. Simply put, working on the cloud opens the door to a ton of possibilities—but also lets in a whole new layer of complexity. 

That said, the cloud application development process also shares a lot of similarities with conventional app development. It’s in the name, after all. So be prepared to outline design specifications, write some code, and perform testing until you achieve the deliverables.  With all that out of the way, let’s get into the 5 tips for better cloud application development.

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Don’t Fear Exploration

Developing applications in a cloud environment is always an adventure. Why? Because developers will often run into completely new experiences and challenges, most of which will differ slightly from platform to platform. That’s why it’s so important to work with a development team driven by curiosity and innovation. There’s no such thing as “comfort zones” with the cloud. 

Getting familiar with the common cloud development platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Salesforce is a great start. After that, open cloud solutions like Apache’s CloudStack and OpenStack are a great place to expand to. Looking into hybrid cloud technologies is also a great idea if you want to go the extra mile. 

Naturally, diving into the deep realm of cloud application development can be quite daunting. Your best bet will always be to invest in training. The certification ecosystem for cloud technologies has rapidly taken shape in the past few years, and it’s easier than ever for developers to dig into any topic. Most (if not all) leading platform vendors even have their own training courses for their products. Whether you are a developer yourself or a tech lead, make sure your entire team is ready to learn more and keep exploring. 

Avoid Bottlenecks

In the IT industry, bottlenecks are never a good thing—unless you have a very specific reason to significantly diminish and throttle the performance of your system. When it comes to the cloud, performance is one of the most important (and most difficult) layers of complexity to tackle. 

A cloud application will most likely deal with massive amounts of data that extended across multiple systems and are constantly growing and moving around. As the information runs its course, it’s very likely that your systems will encounter several forms of latency, processing issues, or constrained network pipers—all of which we can categorize as bottlenecks. 

This is mostly an architectural issue that must be addressed at the beginning of the development process. A cloud-based development needs a wide network of resources available on-demand, especially if you’re dealing with enterprise cloud computing. Your application design must take potential server load and bandwidth issues into account to meet the project objectives. 

Prioritize Cybersecurity

Cloud computing technologies have brought us the miracle of remote collaboration. Businesses can easily extend their systems and data processes to augment the capabilities of its team or work with external partners. However, it’s very important to understand how the ramifications of sharing and collaboration can compromise the cloud application development process. 

A cloud environment contains all kinds of sensitive data that any company would prefer to keep private. Sharing this process without following the proper safety measures, particularly with third-parties, could lead to many cybersecurity headaches. In fact, this is exactly what happened with the Sony data breach a few years ago. 

And today, in the age of coronavirus, it’s more critical than ever to keep cybersecurity as a priority. Luckily, there are several things you can try to keep up with cybersecurity during the pandemic. As a rule of thumb, the development team needs to extend their focus beyond the cloud app itself and keep an eye on how it interacts with all external and connected components.

Prepare for Integration Challenges

Whenever a business implements cloud computing for the first time, the first thing that comes to mind is often “integration”. Because, without a doubt, proper implementation of cloud software can achieve the dream integration of technology and business operations that makes everything so much easier and efficient for humans. 

However, achieving integration doesn’t come without complexity. Most companies underestimate how challenging it could be to manage the thousands and thousands of modules that cloud applications use to interact with other elements. Just tracking the connections between these modules can be extremely difficult. 

That’s exactly why many organizations choose to outsource cloud computing services. This way, any company of any size can immediately access the know-how, resource, and engineering expertise to smoothly operate the various elements of cloud applications.

Use System Resources Efficiently

Whether you’re working with the public, private, or hybrid cloud, there will always be a finite amount of resources available for your cloud-based system. Believe it or not, it’s fairly common for businesses to implement cloud technology and just forget about monitoring its resource performance. 

This has led countless organizations to unknowingly waste tons of money on cloud services fees. You see, because cloud application development is so dynamic, the system’s configurations and requirements are always changing.  With traditional systems, this resulted only in a slight increase in the electricity bill. However, virtual resources’ usage-based metering adds up a lot quicker than that. Using your computing resources efficiently can save you much more money than you think, both in the mid and the long-term. 

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