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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

What this book covers

Prologue, Ground rules, covers baseline assumptions the authors took when writing this book.

Part 1: What you hear about cloud computing

Chapter 1, What is Cloud Computing? explains foundational definitions and explanations.

Chapter 2, Governance and Change Management, explains how organizational governance and change management affect cloud computing transitions.

Part 2: How a cloud architect sees cloud computing

Chapter 3, Design Considerations, provides direction on how to think through design, economic models, risk profiles, strategies, and technology decisions.

Chapter 4, Business Drivers, Metrics, and Use Cases, provides key considerations when looking at the economic impact of cloud solutions.

Chapter 5, Architecture Executive Decisions, explains how organizational executives lead the changes in mindset, process, and approach in order to accelerate organizations, motivate teams, and increase control over cloud computing strategy, economics, and risk.

Chapter 6, Architecting for Transition, discusses about interpreting the current environment and maintaining situational awareness during the cloud transition process.

Chapter 7, Baseline Cloud Architectures, explains how to use the baseline cloud architectures as foundational building blocks to cornerstone design ideas.

Chapter 8, Solution Reference Architectures, discusses about blending different deployment and service models to deliver on organizational goals.

Part 3: Technology Services – It’s not about the technology

Chapter 9, Cloud Environment Key Tenets and Virtualization, explains essential elements used to modify existing architectures, application layouts, and solution dependencies to modernize deployments at lower risk.

Chapter 10, Cloud Clients and Key Cloud Services, discusses important cloud services and service access methods.

Chapter 11, Operational Requirements, explains Cloud operational levers used to create business opportunities and alternatives. It discusses standards for interoperability and portability related to cloud computing applications, ecosystems, and applications.

Chapter 12, CSP Performance, discusses how to measure, evaluate, and compare service providers.

Chapter 13, Cloud Application Development, discusses key concepts to address when developing for cloud-based applications.

Part 4: Cloud Security – it’s all about the data

Chapter 14, Data Security, explains security planning from a data-centric point of view.

Chapter 15, Application Security, discusses challenges that need to be considered when developing cloud-related applications.

Chapter 16, Risk Management and Business Continuity, explains how to manage both the risk and risk mitigation when making future state choices.

Part 5: Capstone – end-to-end design exercise

Chapter 17, Hands-On Lab 1 – Basic Cloud Design (Single Server), provides an example of a small cloud solution design.

Chapter 18, Hands-On Lab 2 – Advanced Cloud Design Insight, provides an example of a small-medium solution design.

Chapter 19, Hands-On Lab 3 – Optimizing Current State (12 Months Later), provides an example of a small large solution design.

Chapter 20, Cloud Architecture – Lessons Learned, discusses important solution design lessons.

Epilogue, Sensomorphic.