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ARCHITECTING

THE CLOUD
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Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Models
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ARCHITECTING
THE CLOUD
DESIGN DECISIONS FOR CLOUD COMPUTING
SERVICE MODELS (SaaS, PaaS, AND IaaS)

Michael Kavis
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CONTENTS
FOREWORD xiii

PREFACE xv

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xix

ABOUT THE AUTHOR xxi

CH A PT ER 1 Why Cloud, Why Now? 1


Evolution of Cloud Computing 3
Enter the Cloud 6
Start-Up Case Study: Instagram, from Zero to a Billion Overnight 8
Established Company Case Study: Netflix, Shifting from On-Premises to
the Cloud 9
Government Case Study: NOAA, E-mail, and Collaboration in the
Cloud 10
Not-for-Profit Case Study: Obama Campaign, Six-Month Shelf-Life with
One Big Peak 10
Summary 11

CH A PT ER 2 Cloud Service Models 13


Infrastructure as a Service 13
Platform as a Service 15
Software as a Service 17
Deployment Models 18
Summary 22

CH A PT ER 3 Cloud Computing Worst Practices 23


Avoiding Failure When Moving to the Cloud 23
Migrating Applications to the Cloud 23
Misguided Expectations 27
Misinformed about Cloud Security 29
Selecting a Favorite Vendor, Not an Appropriate Vendor 31
Outages and Out-of-Business Scenarios 31
Underestimating the Impacts of Organizational Change 33
Skills Shortage 35

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Misunderstanding Customer Requirements 36


Unexpected Costs 37
Summary 39

CH A PT ER 4 It Starts with Architecture 41


The Importance of Why, Who, What, Where,
When, and How 41
Start with the Business Architecture 43
Identify the Problem Statement (Why) 47
Evaluate User Characteristics (Who) 48
Identify Business and Technical Requirements (What) 48
Visualize the Service Consumer Experience (Where) 49
Identify the Project Constraints (When and with What) 51
Understand Current State Constraints (How) 52
Summary 54

CH A PT ER 5 Choosing the Right Cloud Service Model 55


Considerations when Choosing a Cloud Service Model 56
When to Use SaaS 59
When to Use PaaS 62
When to Use IaaS 65
Common Cloud Use Cases 68
Summary 69

CH A PT ER 6 The Key to the Cloud: RESTful Services 71


Why REST? 72
The Challenges of Migrating Legacy Systems to
the Cloud 74
Summary 75

CH A PT ER 7 Auditing in the Cloud 77


Data and Cloud Security 78
Auditing Cloud Applications 78
Regulations in the Cloud 80
Audit Design Strategies 83
Summary 85
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CH A PT ER 8 Data Considerations in the Cloud 87


Data Characteristics 87
Multitenant or Single Tenant 92
Choosing Data Store Types 95
Summary 98

CH A PT ER 9 Security Design in the Cloud 99


The Truth about Data in the Cloud 100
How Much Security Is Required 101
Responsibilities for Each Cloud Service Model 104
Security Strategies 108
Areas of Focus 110
Summary 118

CH A PT ER 10 Creating a Centralized Logging Strategy 119


Log File Uses 119
Logging Requirements 120
Summary 124

CH A PT ER 11 SLA Management 127


Factors That Impact SLAs 127
Defining SLAs 130
Managing Vendor SLAs 132
Summary 135

CH A PT ER 12 Monitoring Strategies 137


Proactive vs. Reactive Monitoring 137
What Needs to Be Monitored? 138
Monitoring Strategies by Category 139
Monitoring by Cloud Service Level 145
Summary 147

CH A PT ER 13 Disaster Recovery Planning 149


What Is the Cost of Downtime? 149
Disaster Recovery Strategies for IaaS 151
Recovering from a Disaster in the Primary Data Center 152
Disaster Recovery Strategies for PaaS 157
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Disaster Recovery Strategies for SaaS 159


Disaster Recovery Hybrid Clouds 160
Summary 162

CH A PT ER14 Leveraging a DevOps Culture to Deliver


Software Faster and More Reliably 163
Developing the DevOps Mind-Set 163
Automate Infrastructure 165
Automate Deployments 166
Design Feature Flags 167
Measure, Monitor, and Experiment 167
Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery 168
Summary 170

CH A PT ER15 Assessing the Organizational Impact of


the Cloud Model 171
Enterprise Model vs. Elastic Cloud Model 172
IT Impact 173
Business Impacts 174
Organization Change Planning 178
Change in the Real World 180
Summary 181

CH A PT ER 16 Final Thoughts 183


The Cloud Is Evolving Rapidly 183
Cloud Culture 185
New Business Models 186
PaaS Is the Game Changer 187
Summary 190

INDEX 193
FOREWORD

I first met Mike Kavis when he brought our Licensed ZapThink Architect SOA
course to his company in Florida several years ago. As the vice president of
architecture for this firm, Mike hoped to wrangle his group of developers to
help them think like architects. And while I couldn’t transform developers
into architects in four days, the thrust of the course was to help people think
like architects.
The book you have in your hands now has the same mission. Cloud com-
puting as an approach to IT infrastructure is still emerging, and thus the tech-
nical details are still in flux—but the architectural principles of the cloud are
now falling into place. But only by thinking like an architect will you be able
to take advantage of the full power of the cloud.
Architects are in a unique position in the IT shop, because they have one
foot in the business and the other squarely ensconced in the technology. They
must understand the nuts and bolts of what works and what doesn’t without
falling victim to the techie tunnel vision that inflicts so many IT people. But
they must also live and breathe the business: its strategy, its goals, and most
importantly, its problems.
Architecting the Cloud connects these dots. Mike Kavis has intentionally
avoided product- or vendor-specific details, focusing instead on the challenges
that architects, as well as stakeholders in the architecture, should address—in
other words, connecting the business problem with the appropriate solution.
A truism to be sure, but easier said than done in the cloud.
The reason that solving business challenges in the cloud is so difficult is
because the cloud is not just one thing. It is many diverse things: SaaS, PaaS,
and IaaS service models, public, private, and hybrid deployment models, not
to mention diverse value propositions. Some organizations seek to save money
with the cloud while others want to shift capital to operational expense. On
top of these benefits is elasticity: dealing better with unpredictable demand
for IT resources.
Never before has architecture mattered so much. Building working solu-
tions in the cloud that actually address the business need depends upon it. With
his hands-on experience architecting such cloud solutions, Mike Kavis has the
experience and insight to lead the way.
—Jason Bloomberg
President, ZapThink

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