Cloud hosting offers many benefits: low upfront capital investment, easy implementation, subscription-based support and access to applications from anywhere. One disadvantage, however, is that it relies on your network connection and bandwidth to deliver applications and content. This can lead to slower performance versus on-premise alternatives. One way to speed up the cloud is to use on-premise caching.
Generally speaking, a web browser always does some caching. If your cloud applications are web-based, you likely already have some caching in place. Unfortunately, this still leaves opportunity for latency as the data stream makes its way through your network and reaches its destination. There are a few other ways you can make caching even more useful.
- Flash on Network Device – This involves adding a flash storage card directly onto the router, caching right on the networking device before it is distributed to networked computers and other devices.
- Flash on Server – If the destination is a local server, you can attach flash caching between the network and the device, adding another layer of fast read and write caching.
- I/O Flash cache on disk – Before the data makes its final move to your storage, you can place additional caching on your storage. This can significantly increase speed, especially if you are not using a solid state drive.
No matter what you do, you always run the risk of experience at least some delay when using public cloud hosting. Even your own remote dedicated servers run that risk. Nevertheless, with caching and other performance enhancements, you can greatly reduce lag and increase productivity.