Architecting for the cloud
Components of a cloud architecture design
The process of designing a cloud computing system is defined as cloud architecting which includes among other things the selection of hardware, software and network resources as components of a scalable platform capable of delivering cloud services. When performed successfully, a well-designed cloud architecture can help an organization improve agility, reduce costs, and improve performance.
Much like any architectural process, it is important to consider the specific needs and goals of your company along with potential challenges and risks. This involves conducting a cloud readiness assessment to identify the workloads that are suitable for the cloud and determining the most appropriate cloud model and deployment strategy as well as considering areas such as multi or cloud strategy, data privacy, security, and regulatory compliance. On a high level, any cloud architecture design must include these four areas:
- Cloud model: determine the most appropriate cloud model for the organization's needs. Public, private, and hybrid cloud models all have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the right choice will depend on the organization's business context.
- Applications and workloads: identify the workloads and applications to migrate to the cloud. The steps involved are assessing the performance, security, and compliance requirements of each workload, and selecting the appropriate cloud services and tools to support them.
- Network architecture design: to support the organization's workloads and applications, this involves selecting the right network topology, configuring security measures, and ensuring that the network is scalable and reliable.
- Data management strategy: addressing the organization's data storage, backup, and recovery needs. This involves selecting the appropriate data storage options, configuring backup and recovery processes, and ensuring the data is secure and compliant with relevant regulations.
Moreover, there are use cases that call for advanced cloud architecture designs such as big data, machine learning and internet of things. These scenarios leverage advanced technologies and approaches to deliver enhanced capabilities and performance with typical key components, including:
- Microservices: a collection of small, independent services that can be easily composed and deployed. Microservices can enable faster deployment, greater scalability, and improved resiliency.
- Containers: enables the packaging of an application and its dependencies into a single container image that can be easily deployed and run on any platform. Containers can improve portability and reduce the risk of compatibility issues.
- Serverless computing: automatic allocation and scaling of resources as needed to support the execution of code. Serverless computing can provide greater agility and cost efficiency, as the organization only pays for the resources that are actually used.
- Edge computing: data processing is performed at the edge of the network, closer to the source of the data. Edge computing can reduce latency and improve the performance of applications that rely on real-time data.
Hybrid cloud architecture best practices
Most companies are already leveraging a hybrid cloud approach (i.e., combinations of private and public clouds) to take advantage of both existing and future benefits. Designing a hybrid cloud architecture that accounts for combined private and public cloud environments can be a complex task and companies must be aware of the potential pitfalls in both design and deployment. We recommend following these steps when designing for a hybrid cloud architecture to realize the most value from cloud investments:
- Define your goals and needs to help you to determine the most appropriate cloud model and deployment strategy for your specific use case
- Identify workloads suitable for private cloud environments vs. public cloud by performing a cloud readiness assessment
- Select the right mix of public and private clouds based on the specific needs of your organization e.g. public cloud for certain workloads that require high scalability and a private cloud for sensitive data that requires greater security
- Establish governance and compliance processes to ensure that all parties are aligned and that the hybrid cloud meets the regulatory requirements of your organization
- Design a robust network infrastructure that can support the flow of data between the public and private clouds, as well as between on-premises and cloud-based resources
- Implement security and data protection measures to ensure that your data is secure and compliant across all environments
- Monitor and optimize cost and performance using tools such as cloud cost optimization software and load balancing solutions
- Plan for disaster recovery and business continuity to ensure that your organization can continue to operate in the event of a failure or disruption
Overall, designing a cloud architecture requires a deep understanding of your company’s business requirements and limitations, as well as the capabilities of the cloud service provider. By taking a strategic approach to cloud architecture design, organizations can realize the full benefits of cloud computing and drive digital transformation.
The 5D model for cloud migration
Sentia has extensive experience with cloud migrations to the (public) cloud for AWS, Azure and Google. Sentia’s renowned success in designing and implementing cloud strategies for organizations of all sizes is supported by its use of a proven approach: the 5D model. With the 5D-model (Discover, Define, Design, Develop and Deploy) a systematic investigation reveals the tasks to be done, so an appropriate transformation strategy is created and implemented. All aspects are considered: technology, human elements and processes. In addition, Sentia's unique Landing Zone makes it easy to complete a uniform, automated relocation of workloads. Our Cloud Center of Expertise offers high-quality governance to support the management challenges faced by any IT organization.More information about Sentia's 5D model
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