What is cloud architecture?
Cloud architecture is a key element of building in the cloud. It refers to the layout and connects all the necessary components and technologies required for cloud computing.
Migrating to the cloud can offer many business benefits compared to on-premises environments, from improved agility and scalability to cost efficiency. While many organizations may start with a “lift-and-shift” approach, where on-premises applications are moved over with minimal modifications, ultimately it will be necessary to construct and deploy applications according to the needs and requirements of cloud environments.
Cloud architecture dictates how components are integrated so that you can pool, share, and scale resources over a network. Think of it as a building blueprint for running and deploying applications in cloud environments.
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Cloud architecture refers to how various cloud technology components, such as hardware, virtual resources, software capabilities, and virtual network systems interact and connect to create cloud computing environments. It acts as a blueprint that defines the best way to strategically combine resources to build a cloud environment for a specific business need.
Cloud architecture components
Cloud architecture components include:
How does cloud architecture work?
Cloud architecture layers
A simpler way of understanding how cloud architecture works is to think of all these components as various layers placed on top of each other to create a cloud platform.
Types of cloud architecture
Cloud adoption is not one-size-fits-all. You’ll need to consider what type of cloud you want to build based on your existing technology investments, your specific business requirements, and the overall goals you hope to achieve.
What does a cloud architect do?
Benefits of cloud architecture