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• The cloud infrastructure is closely related to its architecture &

comprises of many cloud component which is loosely connected.

• The broad divisions of cloud architecture are:
• Front-end
• Back-end
• It is the responsibility of the back-end to provide the security of data
for cloud users along with the traffic control mechanism. The server
also provides the middleware which helps to connect devices &
communicate with each other.
• Businesses used cloud infrastructures to work with these
applications. Unlike subscription-based models of pricing, payment
structure of the cloud enables the user to subscribe to vendor
services & cloud infrastructures are paid on a 'pay-per-use' basis.
• The cloud technology architecture also consists of front-
end platforms (as read in the early chapters) called the cloud client
which comprises servers, thin & fat client, tablets & mobile devices.
The interaction is done through middleware or via web-browser or
virtual sessions. According to Jason Bloomberg of ZapThink, the
cloud-oriented architecture can essentially be the building block of
IoT (Internet of Things) in which anything can be connected to the
internet. The cloud architecture is a combination of both services
oriented architecture & event-driven architecture. SO cloud
architecture encompasses all elements of the cloud environment
• Baseline cloud computing architectures are foundational building
blocks to cornerstone design ideas.
• These common design arrangements can be used to jump-start
solution efforts.
• Baseline architectures are useful when leveraging standard cloud
computing patterns.
• Patterns represent cloud service requirements, while baseline
architectures provide useful models for handling common
architectural components and their associated requirements.
• Each of the following sections will build on the section previous.
• The baseline compute component takes into account
• a web layer,
• application layer, and
• database layer, each having some level of storage.
• Storage attributes will change based on design requirements.
• Nearly all modern designs will have web, app, and database layers in
their designs.
• This type of layering is called tiering.
• Most designs will have three or four tiers.
• Tiers are typically the number of individual isolated layers between
the environment entry point and the destination data.
• As an example, a three-tier architecture has a web layer, app layer,
and database layer.
• A single-server architecture will have all three layers residing on the
same virtual or physical server.
• we will cover the following topics:
• Baseline architecture types
• OSI model and layer description
• Complex architecture types
• Architecting for hybrid clouds
Baseline architecture types
• The various types of baseline architectures are as follows.
• Single server
• Single Site
• Non-redundant three-tier architectures
• Redundant three-tier architectures
• Single points of failure
Single server
• Single server templates represent the use of
• one server, virtual or physical,
• that contains a web server, an application, and a database.
• An example is the LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP).
• Single server architectures are not very common, as they have
inherent security risks as one compromise can compromise all.
• These architectures are commonly deployed for development work,
allowing developers to quickly build functionality without having to
deal with connectivity and communication issues between different
servers, potentially in different locations.

• Single-site architectures take the single server architecture and split

all of the layers into their own compute instances, creating the three-
tier architecture mentioned.
• With all compute resources located in the same location, single-site
architecture is created.
• There are two versions of single-site architectures:
• non- redundant and
• redundant.
Non-redundant three-tier architectures
• Non-redundant three-tier architectures (at
right) are used to save on costs and
resources but must accept a higher risk.
• A single failure in any component, a single
point of failure, can stop traffic flowing
correctly into or out of the environment.
This approach is commonly used for
development or testing environments only.
The following figure shows each layer, or
tier, as a separate server, virtual or
physical. Using this type of design for
production environments is not
Redundant three-tier architectures
• Redundant three-tier architectures add another set of the same
components for redundancy.
• Additional design components do increase complexity, but are
required if designing for failover and recovery protection.
• Designing redundant infrastructures requires a well thought out plan
for the components within each layer (horizontal scaling), as well as a
plan for how the traffic will flow from one layer to another (vertical
Single points of failure

• In redundant architectures, duplicate components eliminate the

single point of failure present when only one device or component is
present in the layer.
• With one component in a layer, there is only one way in and one way
• A second device adds multiple ingress and egress points to the
design, eliminating the single point of failure associated with single-
component layer designs.
Redundancy versus resiliency
• Redundancy and resiliency are often confused.
• They are related, but not interchangeable.
Redundancy Resiliency
Redundancy is something that is done to prevent failure, Resiliency, from the word resolve, relates to how to find
implying that it happens before an issue happens. solutions after a problem has occurred

Redundancy is before the issue. Resiliency is after.

For example, redundant databases with replication can Resiliency, from the word resolve, relates to how to find
be utilized. solutions after a problem has occurred
Multiple components and copies of data create a he failover and self-healing functions are resiliency. Both
redundant design.If the primary side of the database are related, but not interchangeable.
pair fails, the secondary side will promote to primary
and begin to pick up the load while the failed side self-
Horizontal scaling
• Working outside in, the XYZ website has a single web server. A recent
outage has suddenly identified available budget money for redundant
components at each layer of the current design. By the way, every
company is one major outage away from adding budget money for
redundancy plans. One web server is currently used in the design.
• To add redundancy, we must horizontally scale the web server layer
by adding additional web servers, eliminating the single point of
• How will traffic be passed to both servers?
• How does the packet on the wire know which web server to go to and which
path to take in and out, and
• how is all of this physically connected?
Horizontal scaling
• Load balancing is a major design component when adding redundancy to
• A single load balancer will help delegate traffic across multiple servers, but
a single load balancer creates another single point of failure.
• For redundancy, two or more load balancers are added to designs.
• Load balancers control traffic patterns.
• There are many interesting configurations to consider when deciding how
to control and distribute traffic.
• Distribution may relate to traffic type, content, traffic patterns, or the
ability of the servers to respond to requests.
• Load balancers help to handle traffic logically; how is the traffic handled at
the physical layer?
OSI model and layer description
• The OSI stack is a great tool when working with complex designs.
Every layer in the OSI stack must be considered within the design and
have a purposeful answer.
• Designs always start at the physical layer, working up the stack from
the bottom to the top. See the following diagram.
OSI model and layer description
• Many load balancers today work at all layers of the OSI stack.
• Back to the question:
• how are multiple load balancers physically connected to multiple
servers creating multiple ingress and egress paths?
• Multiple switches may also be required.
• Today many load balancers combine the port density of switches, the
routing capability of routers, and the logical functions of load
balancers, all in a single device simplifying designs and saving a bit of
budget money.
• The web layer and application layers can often be collapsed into the
same server.
• From a security perspective, this can be an issue.
• If the server is compromised, both services are potentially
• Many designs collapse these two layers, as they are tightly integrated,
and performance can significantly increase using system bus speeds
instead of slower network connections and additional devices.
• From single server designs to single site to single site redundant, each
design builds on the one previous.
• The following figure adds the additional components, servers, and load
balancers to illustrate a baseline architecture for single site designs with
redundancy. The following redundant design collapses both web and app
onto the same virtual or physical server. Load balancers are added to the
design to delegate the load across multiple servers. Database servers are
shown as primary-backup with replication between them. This redundant
architecture can protect against issues with applications due to system
unavailability and downtime. Resiliency considerations may include RAID
configurations for database drives, how databases are backed up and
restored, how applications and devices handle state and session
information, and how databases rebuild after data or drive loss.
Logical and physical designs
• Designs can be logical or physical.
• It is very important to remain clear on what is represented.
• Logical diagrams illustrate how things logically flow through the
design. Eliminating some of the physical connections may help the
viewer focus on logical flows through the design.
• Conversely, physical layouts may not include many of the logical
details and configurations to focus the viewer on physical
characteristics and attributes of the design. The illustrations in this
section are logical unless specifically called out as physical.
Autoscaling architecture
• A key benefit of cloud computing is the ability to consume what is
needed when it is needed. Autoscaling describes the ability to scale
horizontally (that is, shrink or grow the number of running server
instances) as application user demand changes over time. Autoscaling
is often utilized within web/app tiers within the baseline architectures
mentioned. In the following figure, an additional server is dynamically
added based on demand and threshold settings.
• Load balancers must be preconfigured or configured dynamically to
handle the new servers that are added.