Since 1995 all of our principals have been devoted to assisting customers identify performance issues related to architecture, platform and configuration of application components. Cloud Architect history is based upon 15 years continuous experience in helping our clients choose and scale complex application architectures to meet end customer requirement for performance.
Many of our tests have been used to value technology associated with merger and acquisition activities, assess prior to deployment the scalability of financial systems, publicly facing websites, and internal support applications; in short to reduce the risk of acquiring and deploying new technology. At times we have been asked to tackle technical challenges that have stymied other organizations with success. In fact, if you shop online, have a phone, hold a mortgage or have traveled via airplane in the last decade, then there is a very good chance that one of our engineering staff has assisted in testing systems that you have interfaced with.
The trend in platform shift
Beginning in 2005 our client base began the shift towards deploying new applications using software virtualization solutions from VMWARE and Microsoft. Software virtualization is the architectural foundation for cloud and utility computing. What became obvious after only a small number of deployments is that the platform shift would highlight architectural challenges in the way that the applications were designed and deployed. These challenges ranged from inefficient query processing to heavy I/O concerns to multi-generational virtualization all taking a toll on application performance. A new model was called for to analyze the effects of migration to virtualized platform instances in both cloud and virtual server deployments.
The birth of Cloud Architect.com
We looked at the methodology which had been developed and how this fit with our current testing practices and decided that a new business model was called for. One which retained the customer focus long associated with our principals, but moved the analytical aspects associated with a migration to virtualization or cloud computing outside of the traditional test roles to the business and application owners who would be most impacted by such a shift.