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The Azure Cloud Native Architecture Mapbook

By : Stéphane Eyskens, Ed Price
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The Azure Cloud Native Architecture Mapbook

By: Stéphane Eyskens, Ed Price

Overview of this book

Azure offers a wide range of services that enable a million ways to architect your solutions. Complete with original maps and expert analysis, this book will help you to explore Azure and choose the best solutions for your unique requirements. Starting with the key aspects of architecture, this book shows you how to map different architectural perspectives and covers a variety of use cases for each architectural discipline. You'll get acquainted with the basic cloud vocabulary and learn which strategic aspects to consider for a successful cloud journey. As you advance through the chapters, you'll understand technical considerations from the perspective of a solutions architect. You'll then explore infrastructure aspects, such as network, disaster recovery, and high availability, and leverage Infrastructure as Code (IaC) through ARM templates, Bicep, and Terraform. The book also guides you through cloud design patterns, distributed architecture, and ecosystem solutions, such as Dapr, from an application architect's perspective. You'll work with both traditional (ETL and OLAP) and modern data practices (big data and advanced analytics) in the cloud and finally get to grips with cloud native security. By the end of this book, you'll have picked up best practices and more rounded knowledge of the different architectural perspectives.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Section 1: Solution and Infrastructure
Section 2: Application Development, Data, and Security
Section 3: Summary

Chapter 5: Application Architecture

In the previous chapters, we thoroughly covered infrastructure. Now, the time has come to discuss your application-related concerns. After all, the purpose of an infrastructure is to host one or more applications. We will only consider Communication as a Service (CaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Function as a Service (FaaS), which are cloud and cloud-native approaches, in line with modern development techniques. We will not delve into Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), since it has zero impact on the way applications should be architected, compared to on-premises data centers.

In this chapter, you will learn about the difference between traditional IT practices and cloud-native practices. Additionally, you will learn about the distributed nature of both cloud and cloud-native solutions. Modern solutions are less code-centric because many typical application duties can be offloaded to off-the-shelf services. With serverless, you can even...