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Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions

By : Kevin L. Jackson, Scott Goessling
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Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions

By: Kevin L. Jackson, Scott Goessling

Overview of this book

Cloud adoption is a core component of digital transformation. Scaling the IT environment, making it resilient, and reducing costs are what organizations want. Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions presents and explains critical cloud solution design considerations and technology decisions required to be made for deploying the right cloud service and deployment models, based on your business and technology service requirements. This book starts with the fundamentals of cloud computing and its architectural concepts. It then walks you through cloud service models (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), deployment models (public, private, community, and hybrid) and implementation options (enterprise, MSP, and CSP) to explain and describe the key considerations and challenges organizations face during cloud migration. Later, this book delves into how to leverage DevOps, Cloud-Native, and serverless architectures in your cloud environment and presents industry best practices for scaling your cloud environment. Finally, this book addresses in depth how to manage essential cloud technology service components, such as data storage, security controls, and disaster recovery. By the end of this book, you will have mastered all the design considerations and operational trades required to adopt cloud services, no matter which cloud service provider you choose.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
Free Chapter
Hands-On Lab 1 – Basic Cloud Design (Single Server)
Hands-On Lab 3 – Optimizing Current State (12 Months Later)
Cloud Architecture – Lessons Learned

Understand business strategy and goals

The second layer of the design triangle is having a thorough understanding of organizational strategy and goals. The cloud solution design must support and advance the organization's strategy and goals or it will be deemed a failure. To ensure alignment, the solution architect must discuss goals and strategy with the business owner and agree on the key metrics and target values. Some of the most popular cloud computing goals are as follows:

  • Agility: Cloud computing delivers improved agility because it has on-demand self-service and rapid elasticity. These attributes enable enterprises to quickly innovate, introduce new products and services, enter new markets, and adapt to changing circumstances. Business agility also requires the ability to create new business processes and change existing ones. Cloud computing can eliminate procurement...