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Best Practices for Deploying Apps in the Cloud

By Tommy Gerald posted Thu March 11, 2021 03:34 AM


When it comes to deploying apps in the cloud, lots of enterprise IT managers often have a wide range of issues. This is usually because the managers’ existing tactics and skills for deploying apps in the cloud may not apply to the specific apps they are trying to deploy.  Resultantly, the app deployment process will look like a herculean task.

However, if these managers understand the best practices for deploying apps in the cloud, it will be easier for them to deal with the challenges. Given this, this article will explain the best practices that you can use for the deployment of apps in the cloud.

  • Have a deployment checklist

App development in the cloud involves several processes. If care is not taken, you may overlook some important processes and, therefore, increase the risk of failure of the deployment. So, the first best practice for deploying apps in the cloud is to have a checklist of the things you must do. Make sure you work with this checklist every time you want to deploy an app.

  • Get the right tools

The success of app development depends on having the right tools. Therefore, it is important to invest in the best deployment tools based on the enterprise scenarios and your budgets. Apart from the deployment tools, don’t hesitate to spend on additional tools such as ergonomic chairs, coffee vending machines, etc. that make it easier for you to work.

  • Secure

Malicious breaches are some of the most common challenges that you can encounter while trying to deploy apps in the cloud. Therefore, you should first test your app to be certain that malicious breaches cannot cause any problem. You must prioritize the security of your web application before, during, and after the application deployment process.

  • Establish a good process and purpose

As you start the process to deploy apps in the cloud, it is paramount to define the process and purpose of the deployment. Additionally, you must have a plan for ongoing management of the deployment. Make sure you have a good plan to manage the available resources so that they are utilized for the right purposes. You should consider utilizing tagging capabilities that can aid the management of the services.

  • Be simple

The app installation and deployment processes should be kept simple and straightforward. Don’t use multiple file distributions that can reduce the speed and efficiency of the process. Also, avoid installing irrelevant libraries and files.

  • Ensure continuous delivery and integration

One of the essential things that you must guarantee during the deployment of apps in the cloud is the efficient management of the lifecycle. You don’t want the life cycle of development time to be too extended as this can affect the overall performance of the app.

So, it is worthwhile for you to focus on how to lower the development time through continuous delivery and integration. This will ensure that your software has excellent frequency and speed.

  • Understand your backend

When deploying an app in the cloud, you cannot do without good load balancing. Generally, there are times when one backend will fail or be inefficient. In such cases, a load balancer will change from the failed or inefficient backend to another one that is good and efficient. This prevents your application from failing to load for the end-users. So, before choosing any cloud service, you should ascertain whether it comes with an automatic load balancer or not.

  • Understand your environments

Before deploying your applications in the cloud, you should take the time to have a good understanding of the environments of your app. Generally, you should pay attention to the development environment, production environment, and test environment. Until you have fulfilled all these environments, don’t deploy apps in the cloud.

  • Automate

As long as app deployment is concerned, you must guarantee automation on-premises and in the cloud. This allows you to streamline the process, reduce potential errors, and make sure there is consistency in the deployment.

For app development in a hybrid environment or more than one cloud, you should note that different providers require different tags. So, a dynamic inventory must be created from the servers to prevent you from maintaining the apps manually. This leads to automation that can speed up and increase the efficiency of deployed apps.

  • Monitor strategically

On-premise app deployment allows you to plan the monitoring process. However, this is usually not possible with the cloud as the basic defaults have so many elements that may not be useful to your app. Therefore, you need to create strategic cloud monitoring that suits the specific needs of your company. You need to filter the data that is not useful to the operations of your app.

If you can follow the best practices explained above, it will be easier for you to deploy apps in the cloud.