This title appears in the Scientific Report : 2014 

Best Practices for Cloud Application Architecture
Hagemeier, Björn (Corresponding Author)
Parák, Boris / Ruda, Miroslav
Jülich Supercomputing Center; JSC
EGI Community Forum 2014, Helsinki (Finland), 2014-05-18 - 2014-05-23
Talk (non-conference)
European Grid Initiative: Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Researchers in Europe
Grid Technologies and Infrastructures
Many user groups trying to bring their applications into the cloud choose VM images as the "packaging format". Depending on the structure of the application and the intended use cases that are to be run on cloud resources, there may be alternative ways of packaging the application, thus keeping images small and avoiding problems that may arise from the need to update individual assets within images. This will ultimately lead to optimizations in application delivery and startup, presenting a better experience to the user.