Today, we’re excited to announce the availability of the Azure Spring Cloud Reference Architecture. You can get started by deploying the Azure Spring Cloud Reference Architecture to accelerate and secure Spring Boot applications in the cloud at scale using validated best practices.
Over the past year, we worked with many enterprise customers to learn about their scenarios including thoughts on scaling properly, security, deployment, and cost requirements. Many of these customers have thousands of Spring Boot applications running in on-premises data centers. As they migrate these applications to the cloud, they need battle-tested architectures that instill confidence to meet the requirements set forth by their IT departments and/or regulatory bodies. In many customer environments, they also need to show direct mappings from architectures to industry-defined security controls and benchmarks. We thank these customers for the opportunity to work with them, and for helping us to build an Azure Spring Cloud Reference Architecture. Using this reference architecture, you can deploy and customize to meet your specific requirements and showcase pre-defined mappings to security controls and benchmarks.
“The availability of Azure Spring Cloud Reference architecture reduced our internal cycles of researching architecture options and Spring Cloud feature sets, which allowed us to rapidly determine how we would want to implement and scale globally.” -- Devon Yost, Enterprise Architect, Digital Realty Trust
“Congratulations to you and your team for creating and providing the Azure Spring Cloud Reference Architecture free to all customers. The reference architecture is a great way for users to compare their design to how the experts at Microsoft design deployments. It is incredible for the reference architecture to include deployments using multiple technologies. We were able to compare the reference Terraform implementation and quickly understand the architecture. We have even started testing Azure DNS as highlighted in the architecture to manage our DNS using Infrastructure as Code principles.” – Armando Guzman, Principal Software Engineer, Unified Commerce, Raley’s
Azure Spring Cloud is jointly built, operated, and supported by Microsoft and VMware. It is a fully managed service for Spring Boot applications that lets you focus on building the applications that run your business without the hassle of managing infrastructure. The service incorporates Azure compute, network, and storage services in a well-architected design, reducing the number of infrastructure decisions. The Azure Spring Cloud Reference Architecture provides a deployable design that is mapped to industry security benchmarks providing a head start for compliance approval. The implementation and configuration of each service referenced in the architecture were evaluated against security controls to ensure a secure design.
Security is a key tenet of Azure Spring Cloud, and you can secure Spring Boot applications by deploying to Azure Spring Cloud in Managed Virtual Networks (VNETs). With VNETs, you can secure the perimeters around your Spring Boot applications and other dependencies by:
When you deploy a collection of Azure Resources, including Azure Spring Cloud, in your private network and interconnect these resources with on-premises systems, you can be faced with multiple questions such as:
To address these questions, you can start with a trial-and-error approach but that takes time. The time it takes to get it right and achieve these outcomes is time not spent on your organizational objectives. A repeatable, tested deployment pattern can help you to address issues from the start.
The Azure Spring Cloud Reference Architecture addresses the following solution design components:
Figure 1 - the diagram represents a well-architected hub and spoke design for applications selectively exposed as public applications
This Azure Spring Cloud Reference Architecture is a foundation using a typical enterprise hub and spoke design for the use of Azure Spring Cloud. In the design, Azure Spring Cloud is deployed in a single spoke that is dependent on shared services hosted in the hub.
For an implementation of this architecture, see the Azure Spring Cloud Reference Architecture repository on GitHub. Deployment options for this architecture include ready-to-go Azure Resource Manager (ARM), Terraform, and Azure CLI scripts. The artifacts in this repository provide groundwork that you can customize for your environment and automated provisioning pipelines.
This Azure Spring Cloud Reference Architecture is created and maintained by Cloud Solution Architects, Java experts, and content authors at Microsoft, here in alphabetical order and row-wise from left to right:
Azure Spring Cloud abstracts away the complexity of infrastructure management and Spring Cloud middleware management, so you can focus on building your business logic and let Azure take care of dynamic scaling, patches, security, compliance, and high availability. With a few steps, you can provision Azure Spring Cloud, create applications, deploy, and scale Spring Boot applications and start monitoring in minutes. We’ll continue to bring more developer-friendly and enterprise-ready features to Azure Spring Cloud.
We’d love to hear how you are building impactful solutions using Azure Spring Cloud. Get started with the Azure Spring Cloud Reference Architecture and these resources!
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