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Foundations of a Production-Grade Public Cloud IaaS and PaaS Architecture

Published: 08 January 2020


A sound architectural framework is a critical element for a successful enterprise cloud migration to IaaS and PaaS. This research guides I&O technical professionals through requirements that enterprises should address in order to support the demands of production workloads on public cloud providers.

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  • Prework
    • Understand the Business Relationship
    • Understand Delineation of Responsibilities
  • Foundation Item No. 1: Master Accounts and Billing
    • Create Initial Master Account (or Accounts) and Subaccounts
    • Secure the “Break the Glass” Accounts
  • Foundation Item No. 2: User Identity and Role-Based Access Control
    • Plan for Provider-Managed Identities or Directory-Integrated Identities
    • Define Permissions Groups
    • Set Parameters for Additional Account Security Options
  • Foundation Item No. 3: Core IP Transit and Name Resolution
    • Determine Near-Term and Long-Term Hybrid WAN Strategies
    • Plan for Wide-Area IP Addressing Needs
    • Establish and Test Appropriate Name Resolution Capabilities
  • Foundation Item No. 4: Storage
    • Planning a Storage Strategy: Object, Block and File
    • Plan Storage Around Availability, Performance, Resiliency and Price
    • Build Suitable Authorization and Encryption Strategies for Data
  • Foundation Item No. 5: Application-Specific Networking
    • Understand Provider Networking Architectures and Capabilities
    • Map Target Use Cases and Designs on to a Provider’s Architecture
  • Foundation Item No. 6: Compute
    • Understand Core Attributes of Compute Capabilities
  • Foundation Item No. 7: PaaS Services
  • Foundation Item No. 8: IT Operations Management
    • Review Existing In-House Tools and Operational Processes
    • Retool and Refactor Operational Processes When Necessary
  • Foundation Item No. 9: Continuity and Availability
  • Foundation Item No. 10: Governance
  • Foundation Item No. 11: Security
  • Follow-Up — Automation


Douglas Toombs

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