Cloud computing is reshaping the application development landscape. Gone are the days of breaking the bank for compute resources during the application development and testing phase. Instead, the cloud allows developers to quickly and cost-effectively spin up new environments to test and design their apps.
While developing cloud applications is still a relatively new IT priority, enterprises are already reaping the benefits, such as cost savings and increased agility. But the cloud also requires developers to rethink how they program, test and deploy applications. When building applications for the cloud, for instance, developers must design them to take advantage of cloud-native features, such as auto scaling.
What's more, cloud application development is spurring new processes like DevOps and continuous development, which break down IT silos and accelerate the delivery of new applications. But as these new processes are introduced into the enterprise, issues arise. Use this essential guide to improve and optimize the cloud app development process, as well as protect and test what you've already built.
1Cloud app development evolves-
The new face of cloud application development
Application development has come a long way in the last few years. With the introduction of continuous application development, containers and DevOps, development teams are trading in their traditional, slower practices for newer development techniques. But before taking that leap, it's important for organizations to carefully evaluate these new development models, and understand the cultural shifts they require within the business and IT.
Cloud computing has spurred a number of new application development models. Find out how continuous app development differs from waterfall, agile and DevOps models. Continue Reading
The slow pace of traditional software development costs enterprises time and money. Learn how continuous cloud app development can benefit your organization. Continue Reading
Organizations need the right tools, platforms and skills to successfully adopt continuous app development for cloud. Discover whether your team is ready for adoption, and how you should prepare. Continue Reading
Container orchestration tools, like Docker Swarm and Google Kubernetes, assist enterprises in creating scalable, container-based environments for cloud application development. Continue Reading
2Cloud app tools and tips-
Tools and techniques for developing cloud applications
Developers aren't on their own when it comes to building new applications for the cloud. A number of cloud vendors, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, offer development tools to help make the process more simple and secure. In addition, more development teams are using open source platform as a service (PaaS) tools, such as Red Hat OpenShift, to create new cloud apps. There are also general best practices for shortening timelines and cutting costs when developing cloud applications. But it's important to determine which is the best fit for your needs.
Learn how Azure App Service enhances the reach and capabilities of the Microsoft Azure public cloud for mobile and web application developers. Continue Reading
To stay ahead of the game, app development teams shouldn't just migrate applications to the cloud, they should build them to tap into cloud's native features. Continue Reading
Developers face many questions when building Azure applications. Here are five resources that can help along the way. Continue Reading
AWS continues to march forward with new development services and tools, including Amazon API Gateway -- but some developers are still cautious of cloud lock-in. Continue Reading
Integrating enterprise applications that have moved to the cloud can be tricky. Fortunately, cloud architects can adopt automation and DevOps techniques to ease the process. Continue Reading
OpenShift and Cloud Foundry are the top options for open source PaaS, but organizations should choose carefully and understand the differences between the two. Continue Reading
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3Protect your cloud apps-
Testing and securing enterprise cloud applications
With the fear of data breaches looming over every enterprise's head, the need for security has never been more of a priority. Testing applications is one of the most effective ways to find vulnerabilities and prevent attacks, so it's crucial for organizations to build an in-depth application testing plan. In addition, organizations can use a variety of security tools to protect their mission-critical apps and APIs in the cloud.
When software development cycles speed up, organizations need to make sure their application testing practices can keep up with the pace. For Microsoft Azure and Google cloud users, here are tools that can accelerate application testing. Continue Reading
As the cloud computing market evolves, the application testing landscape is also expected to change rapidly -- and vendors big and small are looking to get a piece of the pie. Continue Reading
After grappling with false positives and setup issues in Google App Engine, developers can now use Google Cloud Security Scanner to spot vulnerabilities within their cloud applications. Continue Reading
As DevOps expands it reach into the enterprise, developers should build security into their development processes from the get-go. Creating cross-functional teams, and embedding security tools into operations, can help make that happen. Continue Reading
4Optimize cloud apps-
Cutting costs, boosting performance of cloud applications
Developing cloud applications can be costly, so it pays for organizations to squeeze the most out of their cloud apps. Fortunately, there are various tools and strategies that can help developers cut costs and optimize their cloud applications' performance. Among other steps, organizations should always perform a cost-benefit analysis of their cloud apps, have a solid understanding of their applications' total cost of ownership and deploy cost analysis tools.
Cloud computing is a popular IT choice because of its cost-efficiency, but the savings don't come automatically. To get the biggest bang for your buck, follow these three tips to optimize cloud application costs. Continue Reading
Application performance modeling allows developers to understand how an app will perform as workloads change in the cloud. Here's a look at three common approaches to app performance modeling, and how to choose the right one. Continue Reading
5Application development terms-
Terms to know for cloud app development
As cloud application development processes evolve, the terminology used to describe those processes, and the technology behind them, is also constantly changing. Look out for these emerging and commonly used words in the cloud application development world.
An application program interface (API) is code that allows two software programs to communicate with each other. Typically, APIs are released for third-party development as part of a software development kit (SDK) or as an open API published on the Internet. Continue Reading
In its most broad meaning, DevOps is an operational philosophy that promotes better communication between development and operations as more elements of operations become programmable. In its most narrow interpretation, DevOps describes the part of an organization’s information technology (IT) team that creates and maintains infrastructure. Continue Reading