What You Need to Know about Modern Cloud Architecture

Cloud computing isn’t just some fad.

It’s actually more than that, and whether you accept it or not, it’s definitely here to stay.

What it means for your business and how you use it, is very much up to you, and that starts with your modern cloud architecture.

Embracing a modern cloud architecture allows your business to be led by technology

Undeniably, compared to back in the day, where technology was an option as to whether you involved it in your business process or not, times have changed.

Today being technologically agile as a business cannot be a choice.

If you are going to be lead by technology, then embracing changes in technology ahead of the game rather than buying and implementing them in a reactionary state is fundamental, if you are to meet the changing demands of today’s customer or enterprise.

Three steps that lead to a well constructed modern cloud architecture

1. Scalability

When it comes to scalability, it tackles the old argument of wanting to expand, scale and do new things on the servers, and not being able to.

Toying around with freeing up room on existing hardware, or pushing to buy more servers in response to this need for more or less at a moments notice. Scalable infrastructure is the simple and undeniable answer we’ve been waiting for.

If relevance and innovation are the reasons as to why you want to have a modern cloud architecture for your business, then being able to embody those two words properly is key.

Developing and testing deployments with minimal cost on easily scalable infrastructure makes that a reality.

Without it, resource, infrastructure and risk arguments will continue to cloud (forgive the pun) the conversation whenever it comes to testing something the company isn’t entirely sure of.

The cloud is ideal for this exact low cost, ‘as you need it’ style leveraging of compute and storage, however an on-premise or hybrid server designed with it mind will work just as well.

2. Flexibility

When we think of modern cloud infrastructure and flexibility, we would focus on two things: planning & change.

Let’s start with planning.

You should be planning for your modern cloud architecture in advance because it’s a complicated move to complete. Things can go wrong in an assortment of ways at any time.

Planning is key to the flexibility of your infrastructure, because it is something that needs to be thought of ahead of time.

Are you platform agnostic? Does only one cloud provider have control over you locked into one contract? Are you software or tool reliant on that certain provider? Can you switch quickly to adapt to the needs of the business if required to do so? Are you bound by specific data compliance rules?

Many of these things can come along too late if not planned for and considered ahead of time, when designing and implementing a modern cloud architecture.

Change on the other hand is classically related to the target outcome of a project changing half way through aka the moving goalposts.

The more you have planned ahead, the more easily you can deal with change along the way.

You want to leave yourself as open as possible, to be able to utilise as many tools and platforms as you wish. Therefore leaving yourself as flexible as you can, to be able to react smoothly and quickly, with minimal financial or technological damage to the business when you’re required to.

3. Decoupling

Decoupling shares a lot with flexibility above, so calling it reliance might be a better choice.

Nonetheless decoupling your infrastructure, or designing a decoupled modern cloud architecture from scratch, both rely on the same outcome. No one single dataset or application has a direct reliance on the other. They all exist and operate individually.

This is a common issue with legacy systems. If a client application might run on your system, it may need access to X database and Y software to make it work properly.

In turn, nothing works if either of its two supporting legs are absent in anyway.

The premise being that decoupling each individual segment of the architecture to work independently, means a greater freedom to change the system around it if the business requires.

Additional tools, applications and integrations that may come into play later down the line, can now seamlessly be catered for because everything has been decoupled. Thus it is in a state in which doing so isn’t a major issue to accommodate.

Your modern cloud architecture in conclusion

With the three key points above in mind, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of an architecture you’re designing from scratch, or an existing one that you’re working on, should be a lot clearer.

These should form the cornerstones of any decision made about your modern cloud architecture. With them in mind, you should never come up against a problem that feels unsolvable again.

Utilising modern cloud architecture or even just a modern data architecture on-premise can have a world of benefits. Keeping your options wide open to embrace innovation and your costs down, as well as actually freeing up the time of your IT team.

Your development team will enjoy the freedom to adapt to what your business needs, changing it appropriately as you change.

Furthermore the burden of IT service agreements, long term contracts and quickly devaluing hardware is removed as you create something truly agile in this lightening fast technological age of business that we live in.

Posted in Cloud Development on Oct 12, 2017