Cloud architecture design

From cloud readiness assessment to cost optimization
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About cloud architecture design

What makes a difference between infrastructure and a well-architected infrastructure in cloud? The answer is simple - security, reliability, performance optimization, cost effectiveness.

DevOps best practices, well-structured and loose coupled services, properly designed CI/CD pipelines and well-isolated environments convert technical stack into achieved business goals - zero downtime, agile development, secure environment.

Do you want to get started? Good chance to rely on architecture design services and build a solid basis of your IT infrastructure.

Key benefits of cloud computing

As compared to traditional servers
Cost control
Cloud computing allows to cut exorbitant costs and pay only for the resourced you utilize. After having cloud computing adopted, companies save thousands of dollars after refuse from the physical servers because there is no need anymore to train personnel to maintain the HW - public cloud provider does it instead.
Measurable impact
You can see how cloud computing impacts on your business. Define different metrics like basic performance KPIs (e.g. execution time, speed, elasticity), cloud capability rates (e.g. latency, storage capacity, recoverability), cloud productivity rates (e.g. QoS of cloud, SLA/Security, productivity), precise budget & spends, CAPEX vs OPEX costs, etc.
Scalability
Scale up when you need more resources and scale down when there is no demand to save on the operational expenses. You can resize your server capacity without any change in the code and add software / hardware entities, making them work like a single logical group.
Great mobility
You have an immediate access to data and resourced via Internet or even applications on smartphones (e.g. AWS console or GCP console). This benefit is especially critical for distributed teams or freelancers working on your project. So work from any place across the globe, as long as you have a good internet connection!
Alignment to modern technologies
Already widely-known and super-hyped technologies like microservices-based architectures, serverless, Kubernetes, GitOps are used commonly in the cloud environment. Sooner or later each organization will be forced to refactor the system and build cloud-native applications to keep the lights on.
Reliable infrastructure along with its easier management
Public cloud providers like AWS Cloud, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure are indeed trustworthy for their users, providing 99% uptime. Moreover, it's much easier to manage the IT infrastructure through convenient and user-friendly interface.

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Cloud architecture design
• Application architecture
• Network design
• Initial system sizing and storage design
• Security design
• Scaling
• Monitoring and alerting
• Cloud architecture consulting
Cloud migration
• Cloud readiness assessment
• Cloud migration strategy
• Build & deploy
• Support
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• Cloud support 24/7/365
• Disaster recovery as a service
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• GCP consulting
• Azure consulting
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Our cloud architects have a solid experience of designing a modern cloud-native architectures for systems with any workload.
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Our cloud architecture design expertise

Fundamental principles of our approach to cloud architecting:

Our cloud architects distinguish 4 principles which a well-architected cloud infrastructure must have.
Elasticity - is the ability to use and pay for the given resources in more optimal way - i.e. no over-provisioning of power, storage space and maintenance. Pay as you go.
Scalability - is the ability of infrastructure to scale itself without changing the architecture design. This principle allows to spin up new servers when demand is rising and scale them in once it goes down.
High-availability - means that your infrastructure has mechanisms to continue working properly even when some parts of the system fail, usually this is achieved by adding more redundancy to the architecture.
Resiliency - ability of system to tolerate partial or complete failures of some services/nodes, usually it can be achieved by such mechanisms as retry on failure, retry on timeout and so on.

Such architecture framework allows your business:
  • Get automated. Unlike traditional IT legacy systems, cloud technologies allow you to automate most of events and, thus, achieve stability and efficiency.
  • Focus on your business, optimize for cost. You can control the operational expenses and reduce monthly bills by selecting the right and required configurations and storage solutions. Auto scaling also gives the advantage of resources scale up&down and scale in&out without any extra cost.
  • Reduce the operational complexity. You can offload the administrative burden from your dev team and focus on improvements. For example, with serverless solutions you can build event-driven services without maintaining any server infrastructure.
  • Secured data and applications. You will love top-level security, with API activity tracking, at-rest and in-transit encryption, SOC, ISO 27001, PCI DSS, HIPAA compliances and others.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Consequently, our cloud architects create a unique infrastructure which perfectly matches your business concept.

No matter whether we deal with legacy workloads or modern cloud native applications, we build a reliable, secure, fully-automated, and scalable environment with high spend control and accurate budgeting ability. It becomes possible thanks to the following steps:
1
Assessment
Our cloud architects asses your current infrastructure state & app landscape to define the best strategy of the cloud adoption.
2
Design and re-design
We design a new architecture or suggest changes in your existing structure.
3
Build
Application modernization or development, implementation of the best DevOps practices.
4
Automation
Implementation of the advanced tools to automate most daily tasks and processes.
Our professional cloud architects will assist you in building the most efficient architecture for your IT operations. We design tailor-made cloud architecture patterns for all kinds of cloud computing models:
Public cloud
We excel at building modern architectures on the basis of the most popular public cloud providers: AWS, GCP, Azure, DigitalOcean.
Hybrid cloud solutions
We have a solid experience of designing hybrid cloud architectures. This kind of solution is the best for businesses working with sensitive data.
Multi-cloud
Multi-cloud is one of the most trending solutions in 2020. Utilize the power of multiple clouds, squeezing out the advantages of each one.
In case of necessity, our cloud architecture consulting services are at your disposal to get the best possible way of cloud adoption best suitable right for your business and our managed cloud services will help you to make your cloudware efficient and business-oriented.

Examples of cloud architecture designs

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Cloud architecture FAQ

How to determine which architecture pattern suits your project best?
A choice of an architecture should start with an honest assessment of the application. Questions that need to be asked include, but isn't limited to:
  • Is my application stateless?
  • Are my DB migrations backward compatible?
  • What kind of local development would my team want to have?
  • In what kind of architecture advantages (scalability, cost-efficiency, reliability) is your business most willing to invest?
How to promptly design and implement an architecture while keeping it flexible?
A common challenge during architecture design is to find a right balance between speed of implementation, cost effectiveness and flexibility that allows further painless development.
The best approach that Alpacked team has developed so far is to invest into the basis of the architecture at the very beginning even if it seems like an overhead at first sight. Best way to understand it is to dig into the real case.
A common case is an architecture design of a monolith PHP application. First thing that comes to mind is to spin up an EC2 instance under the Autoscaling configuration, deploy it there, configure backups and other best practices. What is wrong with this approach one might ask.
Problems emerge when continuous development takes its place. "It works on my machine" issues, tremendous losses during onboarding processes, laggy scaling and security issues appear from nowhere.
If the one had taken a decision to go with a dockzerized solution like Kubernetes, Docker Swarm or ECS, it would have pre-solved these problems. No need to apply all the best practices when you are just getting started, but the right direction chosen at the design stage will make the team and business to align to the best practices automatically which will pay off eventually.
Docker will automate local provisioning, make onboarding easier while orchestration tools like Kubernetes will prepare you for unexpected events
How to align legacy application and top-notch architecture?
One of the biggest challenges during the Cloud architecture design is to prepare a legacy application for the cloud. Different unexpected issues emerge. Inability to support backward compatible migrations, performance issues, slow and difficult updates, you name it.
This is where Cloud providers and teams of professionals come to the rescue!
Utilization of cloud services for even 50% of their capabilities provides you with a better setup. Use CDN solution for better content delivery, automate environment provisioning, implement full control over resource usage - this is just a short list of a free-of-cost improvements that available nowadays.
Even 50% of the full capacity is better than continuous struggle after all, right?
How to secure an architecture while keeping it friendly and usable?
While various new opportunities provide you with a better infrastructure, each of them bring new challenges, as instead of taking care of a single system one needs to manage a list of new potential sources of break-ins. Any system needs to keep a certain level of security which leads to more and more limitations, protocols and processes. At some point it becomes way too difficult to integrate new technologies, approaches, to share accesses and provide fast onboardings. One can say it's what you need to deal with. But what if there's a way to lighten a burden?
It may sound counter-intuitive, but a good solution lays in application architecture, not in process management.
With current technologies it is possible to delegate a lion's share of security processes to the cloud services! Unification and standardisation do that for you!
EC2 instance connect allows you to stop managing SSH accesses
Identity federation provides a single sign-on features with your beloved provides - Google GSuite, Microsoft Active Directory, even custom ones!
Each major cloud provider gives you the ability to develop your own integrations based on serverless technology - AWS Lambda, Google CloudFunctions, Azure functions - develop'em all!

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