A Cloud Architecture refers to the various components in terms of databases, applications, etc. engineered to leverage the power of cloud resources to solve business problems and defines the components as well as the relationships between them.
The industry agrees on the definition but then the debate starts around the components, types or layers of Cloud and whether there are 3, 4, 5 or some other perspective. Cloud computing architecture comes in many different flavours, but you will often read about some key elements: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). At the end of the day, you will be working with one or more of the Cloud Hyperscalers to buy a service to provide computing power, storage, or business applications. You must decide the type of Cloud Services, and whether you want to take advantage of Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud. Through your Cloud Strategy, you will determine how you want to manage your business through the Cloud.
As the Cloud marketplace becomes more competitive and the number of Cloud technologies and Services increase so does the number of architectural solutions. The architecture you deploy to meet your business outcomes needs to align with the rest of your estate and comply with your organisation’s standards and procedures. For example, you will have a Security Architecture for the organisation, and you may have a strategy for the introduction of automation as well as a set of tooling that you will look to reuse or interface with. You cannot look at Cloud in isolation.
NWT understand the bigger picture and how to produce and integrate a Cloud Architecture whilst driving innovation and new approaches such as Infrastructure as code. As stated above, Cloud computing architecture basically refers to the components and subcomponents required for cloud computing and these components typically consist of a front end platform (fat client, thin client, mobile),back end platforms (servers, storage), a cloud based delivery, and a network (Internet, Intranet, Intercloud). You need to have confidence that your partner has the right technical expertise and can produce the most optimal solution. For example, if you were deployed Azure you would expect certified professionals who understand the Azure Well-Architected Framework. What NWT brings you is that we ensure that we produce the right technical architecture and it is also the one that is aligned with your Cloud Strategy and will deliver on your business outcomes.