This article launches a new series exploring a cloud factory architecture. It’s focusing on presenting access to ways of mapping successful implementations for specific use cases.
It’s an interesting challenge creating architectural content based on common customer adoption patterns. That’s very different from most of the traditional marketing activities usually associated with generating content for the sole purpose of positioning products for solutions.
When you’re basing the content on actual execution in solution delivery, you’re cutting out the chuff.
What’s that mean?
It means that it’s going to provide you with a way to implement a solution using open source technologies by focusing on the integrations, structures and interactions that actually have been proven to work. What’s not included are any vendor promises that you’ll find in normal marketing content. Those promised that when it gets down to implementation crunch time, might not fully deliver on their promises.
Enter the term Portfolio Architecture.
The first step is to decide the use case to start with and in this case the focus was on how customers and organisations are able to manage remote servers across their data centers, private, and public clouds. The key here is to provide consistency, security, and full lifecycle management across their diverse hybrid cloud architecture.
The case we’re tackling here is focusing on Cloud Factory. This use case we’ve defined as the following:
Deploy multiple private clouds based on one code base using the principles of Infrastructure as Code.
The approach taken is to research our existing customers that have implemented solutions in this space, collect their public facing content, research the internal implementation documentation collections from their successful engagements, and where necessary reach out to the field resources involved.
To get an idea of what these architectures look like, we refer you to the following published series:
- Integration key to customer experience
- Integrating with SaaS applications
- Cloud native development
- Payments architecture
- Business optimisation
- Cloud adoption
- Remote server management
- Cloud factory
Now on to the task at hand.
The resulting content for this project targets the following three items.
- A slide deck of the architecture for use telling the portfolio solution story.
- Generic architectural diagrams providing the general details for the portfolio solution.
- A write-up of the portfolio solution in a series that can be used for a customer solution brief.
An overview of this series on the cloud factory portfolio architecture:
- An architectural introduction
- Common architectural elements
- Example factory architecture
Catch up on any past articles you missed by following any published links above.
Next in this series, taking a look at the generic common architectural elements for a cloud factory architecture.
(Article co-authored by Eric Lavarde, Consulting Principal Architect, Red Hat)