Gartner Research

Cloud Characteristics, Principles and Design Patterns

Published: 15 July 2012

ID: G00226919

Analyst(s): Richard Watson


How do you maximize the cloudiness of an IT solution? IT architects need a framework for evaluating cloud platforms and custom-developed applications intended to run on them. The benefits of cloud computing are realized by implementing an architecture with desirable characteristics, such as elastic scalability, metered consumption and self-service. This template defines the architectural principles and design patterns that maximize cloud characteristics and determines the cloud tier in which each pattern can be implemented (infrastructure, platform or application code). This template also guides architects around the anti-patterns that counteract potential benefits of cloud computing.

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Template Description

  • Cloud Characteristics
    • Uses Dynamic, Shared and Virtual Infrastructure
    • Offers a Service in an On-Demand, Self-Service Model
    • Scales Rapidly and Elastically
    • Meters Consumption
    • Available Across Common Networks
  • Architecture Principles
    • Latency Aware
    • Instrumented
    • Failure Aware
    • Event Driven
    • Parallelizable
    • Automated
    • Resource Consumption Aware
  • Design Patterns and Anti-Patterns Catalog
    • Cloud Design Patterns
    • Cloud Design Anti-Patterns
    • Design Pattern Implementation Responsibilities
    • Pattern Repositories

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