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Solutions Architect's Handbook

By : Saurabh Shrivastava, Neelanjali Srivastav
Book Image

Solutions Architect's Handbook

By: Saurabh Shrivastava, Neelanjali Srivastav

Overview of this book

Becoming a solutions architect gives you the flexibility to work with cutting-edge technologies and define product strategies. This handbook takes you through the essential concepts, design principles and patterns, architectural considerations, and all the latest technology that you need to know to become a successful solutions architect. This book starts with a quick introduction to the fundamentals of solution architecture design principles and attributes that will assist you in understanding how solution architecture benefits software projects across enterprises. You'll learn what a cloud migration and application modernization framework looks like, and will use microservices, event-driven, cache-based, and serverless patterns to design robust architectures. You'll then explore the main pillars of architecture design, including performance, scalability, cost optimization, security, operational excellence, and DevOps. Additionally, you'll also learn advanced concepts relating to big data, machine learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Finally, you'll get to grips with the documentation of architecture design and the soft skills that are necessary to become a better solutions architect. By the end of this book, you'll have learned techniques to create an efficient architecture design that meets your business requirements.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)

Network architect

Have you ever wondered how giant enterprises with multiple locations for offices or stores are connected? Here, the network architect comes into the picture, as they orchestrate an organization's network communication strategy and establish communication between IT resources, giving life to the IT infrastructure.

A network architect is responsible for designing the computer network, Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), internet, intranet, and other communication systems. They manage organizational information and network systems. They ensure low network latency and high network performance is available for users to increase their productivity. They establish secure connectivity between user workspaces and the internal network using Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity.

The network architect works closely with the infrastructure architect and sometimes you see this as an overlapping role to ensure all IT infrastructures are connected. They work with the security team and design the organization's firewall to protect against unethical attacks. They are responsible for monitoring and protecting the network via packet monitoring, port scanning, and putting an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) into place. You will learn more about IDS/IPS systems in Chapter 8, Security Considerations.

Overall, a network architect needs to have a good understanding of network strategies, network operations, secure connections using VPN, firewall configuration, network topology, load balance configuration, DNS routing, IT infrastructure connectivity, and so on.