How to Architect and Design Cloud-Native Applications

Archived Published: 29 December 2015 ID: G00296114


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Cloud computing benefits are realized by implementing a solution with elastic scalability, metered consumption and automation, not by simply using IaaS or PaaS. IT architects must adopt cloud-native principles and design patterns such as microservices and understand the impact of design decisions.

Table of Contents

  • Problem Statement
  • The Gartner Approach
  • The Guidance Framework
    • Prework: Define Cloud-Native Application Adoption Goals
    • Step 1: Map Cloud Adoption Goals to Cloud Characteristics
      • Characteristic 1: Uses Dynamic, Shared and Virtual Infrastructure
      • Characteristic 2: Offers a Service in an On-Demand, Self-Service Model
      • Characteristic 3: Scales Rapidly and Elastically
      • Characteristic 4: Meters Consumption
      • Characteristic 5: Available Across Common Networks
    • Step 2: Map Cloud Characteristics to Cloud Architecture Principles
      • Principle L: Latency-Aware
      • Principle I: Instrumented
      • Principle F: Failure-Aware
      • Principle E: Event-Driven
      • Principle S: Secure
      • Principle P: Parallelizable
      • Principle A: Automated
      • Principle R: Resource-Consumption-Aware
    • Step 3: Choose Design Patterns That Implement Architecture Principles
      • Actor Model
      • Asynchronous Integration
      • Autonomous
      • Bulkhead and Circuit Breaker
      • Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS)
      • Containerization
      • Content Delivery Networks
      • Data Replication
      • Encryption
      • Event Sourcing
      • Eventual Consistency
      • Federated Identity
      • Finely Grained Components and Services (Microservices)
      • Gatekeeper
      • Idempotency
      • In-Memory Data Caching
      • Interoperable Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
      • Lazy Loading
      • Mediation Points
      • Partitioning Data
      • Redundancy
      • Restartable
      • Separating Business Logic From Infrastructure Concerns
      • Shared Nothing
      • Simplification
      • Stateless Services
      • Template-Driven Deployment
      • Throttling
      • Valet Key
      • Workload Decomposition
    • Step 4: Choose IaaS and PaaS Based on Design Pattern Implementation Responsibilities
  • Risks and Pitfalls
    • Avoid Cloud Design Anti-Patterns
      • ACID Transactions
      • Chatty Interactions
      • Complex Dependencies
      • Direct Code-to-Runtime Relationship
      • Hardware Affinity
      • Latency Guarantees
      • Manual Provisioning Workflow
      • Monolithic Design and Deployment
      • Resource Hogging
      • Scalability by Application Server Clustering
      • Scalability by Scaling Vertically
      • Single Points of Bottleneck
      • Single Points of Failure
      • Single Tenancy
      • Single-Threaded, Serial Execution
      • Stateful Services
      • Synchronous Interactions
    • Delegate Responsibility for System Behavior to Cloud Providers or Platforms
    • Increase Complexity as You Distribute Your System
    • Be Aware of Cloud Market Evolutionary Risk
    • Related Guidance
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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