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Running web-scale workloads on the cloud successfully demands using well-tested operational practices, whether the environment is cloud-native, hybrid, or considered for a move. As with any large infrastructure footprint, organizations must balance the often competing demands of various factors such as security, compliance, recoverability, availability, performance (QoS), developer productivity, the rate of innovation, infrastructure efficiency, and spending.

If leveraged effectively, cloud computing capabilities offer considerable advantages over making compromises for most of the previously identified factors. Although running large workloads, on-premise versus a public cloud, have similar underlying fundamentals, the cloud poses unique challenges which must be addressed. The shift of operations to the cloud still requires the same people and processes as on-premise data centers. However, it now focuses on a higher level of operations. No longer has server uptime is the focus, as a shift of responsibility is towards protecting client and endpoint protection, identity and access management, data governance, and cloud spend.

In this eMag, you will be introduced to the Cloud Operating Model and learn how to avoid critical pitfalls. We’ve hand-picked four full-length articles to showcase that.

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The InfoQ eMag - The Cloud Operating Model include:

  • Netflix Drive: Building a Cloud-Native Filesystem for Media Assets - In this article, Tejas Chopra discusses Netflix Drive, a generic cloud drive for storing and retrieving media assets - a collection of media files and folders in Netflix. Netflix Drive ties together disparate data (such as: AWS S3, Ceph Storage, Google Cloud Storage, and others) and metadata stores in a cogent form for creating, cataloging and serving these assets to applications and workflows.
  • Diving into Zero Trust Security - The Zero Trust approach involves a combination of more-secure authentication approaches, such as MFA with profiling and posturing of the client device, along with some stronger encryption checks.  This article shares some insights on Zero Trust Security for your organization and your customers, and how you can get started with it.
  • How Do We Utilize Chaos Engineering to Become Better Cloud-Native Engineers? - Engineers these days are closer to the product and the customer needs—there is still a long way to go and companies are still struggling with how to get engineers closer to their customers to understand in-depth what their business impact is: what do they solve, what’s their influence on the customer, and what is their impact on the product?
  • A Recipe to Migrate and Scale Monoliths in the Cloud - Here is how a simple cloud architecture can allow an organization to take monolithic applications to the cloud incrementally without a dramatic change in the architecture. We will discuss the minimal requirements and basic components to take advantage of the scalability of the cloud.

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