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Architect and Plan Solutions

These resources provide guidance that can be used as a foundation for architecting cloud services. The guidance is product and technology agnostic.

Reference Model

The Cloud Services Foundation Reference Model defines a set of terms and relationships of the operational processes and technical capabilities that are necessary for providing cloud services to users.

Architectural Principles, Concepts, and Patterns

This article includes commonly-used design principles, terminology, & design approaches that help ensure effective and efficient cloud service designs.


These resources provide guidance for applying the information in the Reference Model and Architectural Principles, Concepts, and Patterns articles to create cloud solution designs with Microsoft products.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Design Considerations

This guide provides system architects and system designers with a collection of critical design considerations that need to be addressed before designing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) infrastructure that enables employees to use their own devices and protects the company’s data.

Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Design Considerations

Hybrid cloud services should be as seamless for users to use as on-premises only services are.  Key enablers for seamless cloud services are integrated network and authentication mechanisms.  This guide helps you understand the design considerations for integrating your on-premises resources with Microsoft Azure.

Design Options Guide for the Cloud Infrastructure Solution for Enterprise IT

Providing cloud services on-premises requires an infrastructure foundation built for that purpose.  The core of this foundation is the compute, network, and storage on which an infrastructure as a service offering can be built.  This guide helps you understand the design considerations for designing a cloud services infrastructure