Cloud Migration & Cloud Native Architecture

Cut Costs and Maximize Speed to Market with Cloud Native Architecture

The new standard for enterprise applications is Cloud infrastructure, but simply throwing your existing infrastructure into Amazon or Azure is only the start of a long journey. We're helping organizations leverage the cloud to cut costs and maximize speed to market by aligning business boundaries and team structures to code.

Cloud Maximization: More than Just Lift and Shift

It's a common misconception that to take advantage of the cloud simply involves moving your infrastructure from on-premise bare metal to cloud-based virtual servers. The fact is, the right application architecture and organizational structure are critical in order to fully reap the benefits of the cloud.

There are two essential components to a successful cloud migration. First, a microservices architecture aligned with business objectives is the foundation for optimal cloud applications. Second, an organizational structure aligned to the microservices architecture is crucial to the ROI of your cloud solution.

Our team can enable your organization to maximize the ROI of your cloud solution by helping you select the right platform, architect the right microservices infrastructure and align your team structure to the requirements of your cloud solution.

Microservices Architectures & Cloud Platform Components

Building the right microservices architecture begins with choosing the right platform. We recommend AWS or Azure, depending on your business requirements.

There are also a variety of intrinsic benefits to cloud platforms that are a part of the built-in software packages each platform provides. Both AWS and Azure come with a package of built-in capabilities that are designed to maximize the effectiveness of your cloud solution.

Our team of experienced microservices architects know these platforms inside and out. We can identify the platform and services that will most benefit your business and appropriately apply them to your cloud solution.

Microservices Applications and Microservices Teams

Agile is the standard for running Lean organizations. However, when ownership and flexibility get marred in the bureaucracy of outdated systems, companies struggle to quickly address problems and release features.

In order to reap the efficiency and autonomy benefits of microservice architectures, it's vital to break up teams according to the software delivery process.

We recommend an assessment of the organizational structure of your delivery team in conjunction with the microservices architecture - or rearchitecture - to maximize the ROI of your investment in microservices.

Selecting the Right Cloud Platform: AWS & Azure

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS provides organizations with the products and services it needs to run sophisticated and scalable applications. However, the AWS Ecosystem is large and using it comes with a steep learning curve. PE can help your organization quickly get up to speed and get the most of these technologies.

For example:

Elasticsearch

Index your content using a full-text search engine over REST with schema-free JSON documents.

Hadoop and Spark

Processing and store extremely large data sets in a fast and cost effective manner.

NoSQL Databases

Store data non relationally for improved speed and improved scaling capabilities.

The Netflix Approach to Microservices

The Spring Cloud framework allows developers to quickly build common patterns into software solutions. Spring Netflix, a component of the Spring framework, enables developers build distributed system following patterns established at Netflix. The benefits are loosely coupled, fault tolerant, and scalable applications.

Eureka

A REST based service that is primarily used in the AWS cloud for locating services for the purpose of load balancing and failover of middle-tier servers.

Zuul

An edge service that provides dynamic routing, monitoring, resiliency, security, and more.

Ribbon

Integrate load balancing, fault tolerance, caching/batching on top of other ribbon modules and Hystrix.

Feign

A declarative web service client that makes writing web service clients easier and more consistent.

Hystrix

Enable resilience in complex distributed systems where failure is inevitable.

Config-Server

Server and client-side support for externalized configuration in a distributed system.

Dockerizing Applications with Spring Netflix on AWS

Docker, Amazon, and Spring Netflix are a perfect pairing of modern design practices. Containerizing your application allows your team to build software that can easily be scaled, deployed, and logically independent. For example you could take a backend application such as order processing, and place it into a Docker container. You could deploy this container into an AWS Docker Registry and create a service. You could then scale this service up to as many nodes as you need, and even host them in separate datacenters for fault tolerance. Spring Netflix will help your application reliably communicate in that environment.


Azure

Azure Cloud Services allow companies to build highly available and massively scalable applications by providing a variety of features to support cloud platform requirements. These include:

  • Support for multiple programming languages
  • Deployment across thousands of Windows or Linux based virtual machine instances
  • Automatic scaling capabilities and integrated monitoring and load balancing

Azure Service Fabric

A distributed systems platform that simplifies the deployment and management of microservices with demanding workloads. This allows developers and infrastructure engineers to leverage Azure for once complex infrastructure problems of scalability and reliability.

The Azure Service Fabric platform provides many capabilities, including:
  • Lifecycle Management- Quick deployments and upgrades
  • Independent Scaling- Scale individual services up/down
  • Rolling Upgrades- Software updates that seamlessly install across the system
  • Always On Availability- High degree of fault tolerance and automated recovery
  • Resource Efficient- Multiple roles and services allowed per node or VM
  • Stateless/Stateful- Support for stateless and stateful services
Azure Service Fabric supports these features through a series of built-in services:
  • Cluster Manager- Performs operations to manage the cluster
  • Failover Manager- Rebalances service instances on various nodes as they become available/unavailable
  • Naming- Registry mapping service to provide endpoints to service instances
  • Fault Analysis- Inject faults to test service resiliency and system recovery
  • Image Store- Contains application packages
  • Upgrade- Upgrades Service Fabric components on nodes

With Azure Service Fabric, companies can quickly build a reliable, always-on microservices solution. Adding Azure network load balancing and Virtual Machine Scale Sets will provide the massive scaling capabilities and round out the solution.

Build Your Cloud Infrastructure the Right Way

Connect with our team for an evaluation of your existing application infrastructure and organizational model. We'll help you maximize the ROI of your investment in the cloud for years to come.

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