So what is a Cloud Reference Architecture?
When you consume services from a Public Cloud Provider do you really care or want to understand what the underlying architecture looks like? Probably not.
However if you wanted to build your own Private or Community Cloud with Public Cloud Compatibility (Hybrid Cloud) then you would want to have a cloud reference architecture that you could use to align with strategy, to deliver quick wins, and ensure that each tactical decision was made with a full understanding of the knock-on implications. You would also want this architecture to support all of your base Operating System needs, UNIX, Linux, Microsoft, so creating a generic Cloud Reference Architecture that could be leveraged to deliver true business benefit. Continue Reading