In the first chapter of this book we took an in-depth look at where we’ve been and what the current marketplace has to offer in terms of services from cloud. We explored the evolution of compute, IT service architectures and models, network and server virtualization, and the evolution of cloud computing to the Intercloud. In this chapter we looked in detail at the architecture of the Intercloud and the components that make up the Intercloud. The next chapter takes a deeper look into the Intercloud IT management strategy.
This chapter provided an overview of the architecture and technologies that are integral to the Intercloud. The Intercloud architecture is composed of the cloud platform and underlying infrastructure, cloud services and value-added products, application enablement platform as a service, cloud OSS/BSS, and Marketplace. The architecture is defined holistically in this chapter, and the chapters that follow will further develop the components and business requirements of the various layers of the Intercloud.