Figures from the global job web site Indeed.com show that the number of job postings for cloud architecture design rose 15 per cent between January 2009 and January 2013. Cloud architects are what they sound like: IT professionals who can help businesses plan, design and deploy cloud services. The rise in these roles is directly related to the growing awareness that cloud architecture design is not a matter that should simply be left to internal IT staff. To properly plan a cloud deployment, you need professionals knowledgeable in a range of cloud platforms and providers, in addition to applications and workloads — all ever more important as a multi-cloud approach becomes more appealing to organisations. Here’s why it’s important to take cloud architecture design seriously and enlist the right resources to plan it.
Application performance and availability
Depending on your organisation, you might have workloads that have low or partial utilisation levels, such as batch processing, or workloads subject to dramatic spikes in traffic, such as public-facing apps. Your workload types will affect the type of cloud platforms or services you choose. Effectively matching the right workload to the right cloud platform takes thorough understanding of each application’s needs, required computing power and traffic patterns and storage and compliance standards. Cloud architecture design assesses the requirements of all cloud-ready workloads in your organisation to discover the best options available.
The security of your environment
Every business has its own set of security needs — in fact, security concerns were once the top barrier to enterprise cloud computing. Security is built in through the cloud architecture design and development phases. When you understand or have been involved in the cloud architecture design, you will know exactly how the environment behaves and how it is secured. For instance, some cloud platforms allow customers to create user accounts to provide access to their systems and remove users who have left the company or changed roles. Workloads can be delegated amongst the right internal resources, reducing the risk that the wrong individual or business unit will gain access to sensitive information.
The steps to doing cloud architecture design well
By enlisting the expertise of cloud architects, you organisation will go through a detailed process that will ensure needs are fully understood before designing or choosing a cloud platform or multiple platforms for you. These steps include:
- Gathering of requirements: Cloud architecture design, business, functional and non-functional requirements and creation of a cloud readiness assessment report
- Design: Technical cloud architecture designs, implementation plans and migration preparation using identified requirements as inputs so you get a tailored cloud solution
- Testing and proof of concept: This ensures your cloud architecture design is “proven” and will work the way it is intended to when launched
- Implementation and build: The use of all the previous steps to construct and deploy your cloud service
- Migration services: Formulation of the migration strategy that suits your business needs and implementation with proven methods
- Post-migration support: Decommissioning of your old infrastructure, documentation of your cloud architecture design and handover to your IT team.
If you are looking for help planning cloud architecture design, Datacom’s Professional Services team can create, implement and manage your strategy.