Cloud, Architecture, Cloud architectureCloud Architecture Fundamentals

An introduction to cloud for Architects

This three day course covers the basic components of cloud architectures with a focus on Platform as a Service. At the end of this course architects and developers should feel confident making decisions about which components to choose for different situations.


Aims to make the transition from classic on-premise architecture to cloud architectures easier!


Cloud architecture is a dynamic subject that places new demands on architects. This course aims to make the transition from classic on-premise architecture to cloud architectures easier. It introduces the basic building blocks of cloud architectures and importantly sets them in the context of distributed systems, allowing the participants to independently make architecture decisions. Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services platforms are used to demonstrate the principles.


This course will give architects the tools they need to make confident choices about cloud components. Participants will learn techniques to manage scalability, availability, monitoring, cost, and quality of cloud applications. The material focuses on the aspects of cloud components that are relevant to architectural decision making and focuses on the role of the architect when delivering cloud applications.


The course will give participants a higher degree of confidence when working with cloud projects. It will be especially useful for large organisations where a strategic decision to move to cloud has been taken but architects have not been exposed to cloud architecture earlier.

  • Target audience:
  • Developers
  • Architects

Course leader


Barry O'Reilly

Barry O’Reilly is the founder of Black Tulip Technology and creator of residuality theory. He has held Chief Architect roles at Microsoft and IDesign, been Microsoft’s IOT TAP Lead for Western Europe, and Worldwide Lead for Microsoft’s Solution Architecture Community. He has also been a startup CTO, and was a founder of Sweden’s Azure User Group.



Recorded talk

Barry O'Reilly presents new tools for doing architecture, and new structures for teaching architecture, that can make it more modern and manageable.



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