In this introductory post, delve into the critical realm of Enterprise Application Configuration, a cornerstone for seamless operations in modern businesses. Addressing the complexities faced by large-scale applications, particularly those distributed across machines, data centers, and cloud environments, we at 345 Systems have honed our focus. Discover the pivotal role of configuration in scenarios ranging from multi-environment deployments to geographically dispersed data centers. Join us on a journey through the challenges and solutions as we unveil Cloco, our bespoke Enterprise Application Configuration solution designed for the demands of mission-critical enterprise systems.
Most applications need some kind of configuration to store useful settings and values that should not be hard-coded into the compiled program. Configuration can take various forms, but some of the most common uses are:
In general, the larger and more complex an application the greater the demand for configuration will be, the more settings will be held in configuration and the more complex the configured data. It is also these larger applications that tend to have the strongest governance requirements and for which there is least tolerance for loss of service that can result from an incorrect configuration change.
This is the problem space we at 345 Systems have been addressing lately, and giving a great deal of thought to. Broadly speaking, when we talk about systems requiring Enterprise Application Configuration we are looking at solutions that these general features from their configuration solution:
Throughout the rest of this blog post series we will have a look at some of the issues we have come across when building and maintaining mission-critical enterprise systems and how we have sought to mitigate them when we wrote our own Enterprise Application Configuration solution cloco.