Trustmarque is excited to launch a new online open source reference architecture to help simplify and inspire the latest design, build and operations in Microsoft Azure.

Cloudmarque, brings together Trustmarque’s rich experience in cloud-based innovation to create template solutions that leverage the latest DevOps methodologies to help organisations overcome the common problems of adopting and managing cloud services in Azure.

Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced DevOps Engineer, the purpose of Cloudmarque is to give you on-demand access to the tried and tested tools and knowledge that will allow you innovate faster.

Watch the Cloudmarque launch video with Trustmarque’s Chief Cloud Architect Nathan Kitchen

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.

What does Cloudmarque look like?

Cloudmarque design

Cloudmarque is formed of three major open source components:

  • A Reference Architecture – describing the characteristics, responsibilities, and interfaces of the resources that comprise a cloud estate.
  • An Operating Model – outlining the maintenance activities, roles, and operating procedures involved in operating a cloud estate aligned to the Cloudmarque Reference Architecture.
  • Automation Tools – helpful for automating common tasks.

Together, these represent a comprehensive conceptual model for the adoption of cloud services in Microsoft Azure.

An extension of our Managed Services capability

Cloudmarque underpins CloudTeaming, Trustmarque’s unique approach to Azure Managed Services, which offers customers an agile range of partnerships designed to help eliminate the burden of cloud optimisation and management. Because Cloudmarque defines the common ways of working and industry best practice it can be leveraged by in-house IT teams and partner teams – making it the ideal foundation for our flexible Managed Services.

Find more information on our Azure Managed Services page.

Cloudmarque: on-demand access to a world of information

Visit Cloudmarque today and discover the latest DevOps methodologies to inspire your Azure cloud design, build and operations. If you’d like further information about Cloudmarque or CloudTeaming, contact your Account Manager or email us at [email protected]

By Katherine Murphy, content enthusiast