The new buzz word Cloud Computing is taking root quickly and established and new companies are scrambling to adjust to this new reality. This is especially true for software companies (Microsoft just started shipping Office 365, the Cloud Computing version of Microsoft Office) as they see new upstarts challenging them by giving away the software free to gain traction. Faced with the double whammy of a paradigm shift and dwindling revenues, Software companies are moving quickly to offer a version of their product on the Cloud. But where do they begin?
A lot of planning needs to go into how the product will be deployed on the Cloud. Perhaps one of the most significant aspects is the ability to measure Web Application Performance. The customer base is used to the software run fast and smooth when launched from their local storage but how will this translate to a Cloud based version? Even a 20% slowdown can turn your loyal customer away, never to return!
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