Many companies are beginning to leverage the enterprise cloud for the litany of operational benefits it can provide. With the numerous cloud services available to enterprise users, key decision makers may feel overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of options and wonder how they can get most value from their investment. InfoWorld contributor David Linthicum laid out three guidelines that can help enterprises enhance the performance of their IaaS cloud deployments:

  1. Optimize all applications for use with cloud-based platforms
  2. Speed up network abilities to improve the efficiency of the cloud
  3. Decouple the data used in an application and place it in its own domain

These tips can improve the overall speed and performance of the cloud computing systems, and they are very similar to traditional guidelines for optimizing legacy system performance.

"These three rules are not complex or overreaching," wrote Linthicum. "The concepts are based on older, proven architecture principles. In other words, the more things change, the more they stay the same."

Those companies using high-performance computing clusters are looking to take these rules and use them to leverage the benefits provided by cloud service providers. According to ZDNet contributor Dan Kusnetzky, the cloud offers many abilities and features needed for high-performance computing that enterprises can't get with legacy systems.

The downfall of legacy systems is the high financial cost needed to transform them into high-performance computing platforms. All the technology needed from hardware to networking requires a steep investment. However, companies that turn to the cloud for high-performance computing can remove many of the costs related to in-house solutions, yet provide all the computational needs of the enterprise.

"Organizations of all types and in all markets are facing reduced budgets and still must meet accelerated time lines to gather data, analyze it and turn it into useful and actionable information," wrote Kusnetzky.