Cloud Computing Advantages for Developers – Part 2

4. Multiple Service Models and Offerings

The cloud does not follow to a one-size-fits-all mentality.  Rather, it provides you a lot of different options to setup your environment to meet your unique requirements.  Two main service models in the cloud are Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).  Both have their merits, and you can even mix the two when required.


5. Geographic Reach

Another advantage is the geographic reach of the cloud.  Rather than relying on a single geographic location to host your software, the cloud makes it possible to host your application in data centers scattered across the globe.  With traffic management and global duplication of master data, you make sure your customers get the best possible performance regardless of where they are located.

Content delivery networks (CDNs) can also be used to maximize geographic reach even if your application is hosted in one location.  A CDN is a highly distributed set of servers that respond directly to user demands for web content.   They are used to give quick access to applications, audio, video, images and other files to accelerate content delivery and improve the user experience.  Additionally, this reduces requests made directly to your application enabling it to better scale.

6. Ease of Deployments

The cloud provides some unique features to handle deployments.  With integration into your source control system, you can configure automated version including the deployment of code, databases, automatic provisioning of servers, and automated testing of your app.

Deployment slots also provide the potential to perform no downtime deployments in a production environment.  A deployment slot is an entirely different web application hosted at a separate URL.  You can perform your deployment to the slot and test out everything.  When all is well, you simply switch your production and staging slot to officially go live!  One cool feature is that you can route a small percentage of production traffic to your staging slot.  This enables you to test new features in production and ensure all is well before opening the flood gates.

7. Advanced Cloud Services:

The cloud puts many advanced services in the hands of developers to quickly develop highly scalable and powerful applications.  Here is a list of a few of these services:

  1. Azure Service Fabric.
  2. Service Bus.
  3. Redis Cache.
  4. SendGrid
  5. Azure Functions.

8. Monitoring and developer operations (DevOps)


In today’s agile development world, we need to quickly deploy applications and track that everything is going well.  When we have a critical problem, we first have to be notified about the issue, need the tools to quickly identify the cause, and publish a debug as soon as possible.

Tools also offer application performance metrics, errors, logs and monitoring in a single tool.  It gives developers a unique view into all aspects of their application and allows them to be proactive in identifying issues before users report them.  Performance problems can be quickly identified down to the service request and even the SQL statement.


The cloud has greatly matured in the past few years and adoption rates continue to grow. A recent study found that over 50% of respondents are currently running applications in the cloud and these numbers continue to grow every year.

Cloud Maturity Adoption

If your company and development team are not already benefiting from the cloud, now is the time to make your move!

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