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Free Art Available on Amazon…Amazon Web Services, That Is

I’m talking the about application and industry-specific cloud reference architectures now available on Amazon Web Services

Amazon has released some of the most awesome office artwork that I have ever seen.

No, I’m not talking about knockoff copies of a Jackson Pollack on Amazon.com… I’m talking the about application and industry-specific cloud reference architectures now available on Amazon Web Services.

Over the last several years, the industry has looked to Amazon as not only a technology leader in Cloud Computing, but also as a thought leader in redefining the landscape of IT and application architecture.  Other companies (including mine) have struggled to keep up with their seemingly endless resources related to technical marketing on their deeply informational website.

The industry-specific reference architectures that they have posted are obviously pretty amazing; both aesthetically and technically.  And although they are only moderately useful to developers and application architects that deep-dive into AWS, to the traditional IT architect that gets tasked by their manager to get smart on Cloud quick; they are invaluable.   These diagrams enable people to leverage their legacy IT architectures skills to visually see the way that their different product line items come together to create a flexible infrastructure for your applications.

Yeah, I know, it may seem nerdy to think that IT is beautiful, but I challenge you to take a look some of the complex cloud application architectures below and not find some level of beauty in the diagrams.

Consider a little 24″ x 36″ Vistaprint poster magic and boom-ha, you have yourself  clever office art.  Who knows if Amazon would approve of this “print and hang” suggestion, but they should be flattered to see their reference architectures promoted as “art” in their customer’s and partner’s offices (but I could be wrong and I would not be excited about receiving a legal call from the 206 area code, so proceed at your own risk).

Here are some thumbnails of my favorites (click to enlarge).

Image Credit Amazon Web Services. Visit site aws.amazon.com/architecture for full information

Image Credit Amazon Web Services. Visit site aws.amazon.com/architecture for full information

Image Credit Amazon Web Services. Visit site aws.amazon.com/architecture for full information

(See: http://aws.amazon.com/architecture/ for full details).

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Ryan Hughes, blogging at www.RyHug.com, is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of Skygone (www.skygoneinc.com), a Cloud Computing solution provider to SI's, ISV's, Commercial, and Government. Education: MBA in Project Management from Penn State University; BS in GIS from Bowling Green State University Ryan currently has 10 years in Enterprise-level IT Program Management and Operations Management, as well as vast experience in Enterprise System Design and Cloud implementation methodology.

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