Background to Cloudmarque
Nathan Kitchen, Chief Cloud Architect at Trustmarque, explains Cloudmarque: “Trustmarque has been delivering cloud-based IT projects of all shapes and sizes for many years and we’re well versed in all areas of Microsoft Azure. In that period, we’ve found ourselves returning time and again to specific collections of scripts, documentation, and design patterns that we tailor to the needs of individual projects.
“Cloudmarque is the culmination of that knowledge and how Trustmarque approaches Microsoft Azure. It brings together the expertise from our consultants, our delivery team and our managed services team into a single cohesive framework that can be used to help organisations unlock Azure excellence.”
Open source benefits
The reason for making the Cloudmarque reference architecture open source, says Nathan, came from an ambition to help drive the collective knowledge and ability of cloud professionals, both in Trustmarque and extending to our customer base, as a way to unlocking innovation and ultimately, better business outcomes.
“We watched as consolidation and standardisation drove efficiency and innovation in our business and chose to release these tools as an open source project so that others across the industry could benefit from them too,” says Nathan.
He added: “We know that the cloud can be overwhelming with so many different services and ways of connecting things together. I hope through Cloudmarque we can offer the building blocks and expertise needed to empower the industry.”
Making Cloudmarque open source also means that it is free to use – serving as a real value adding tool that is unique in the market. The self-serve approach reduces vendor lock-in and allows for seamless service transition between in-house and partner services when you need to augment, extend, or backfill IT capability.