Engineering the Future of Software
Feb 25–26, 2018: Training
Feb 26–28, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Applying cloud architecture patterns (Day 2)

Matt Stine (Pivotal)
9:00am–5:00pm Monday, February 26, 2018
Location: Concourse C

What you'll learn

By the end of this two-day training course, you'll understand:

  • The business drivers influencing companies to leverage continuous delivery, DevOps, and cloud-native architectures
  • The unique characteristics of cloud infrastructure, including its trade-offs, and how architectures can exploit these characteristics
  • How to work with an evolving cloud-native architectural pattern language, Bricks and Mortar

And you'll be able to:

  • Articulate the high-level narrative of cloud-native architecture and why it is important to your business
  • Articulate the paradigm shift involved in cloud-native architectural thinking
  • Understand cloud-native architectural patterns, what problems they solve, the pros and cons of various implementation approaches, and the relationships between the patterns
  • Apply cloud-native architecture patterns to various practice kata exercises to prepare for future use on real projects


As a software architect, confronting the cloud can feel quite daunting. From the start, you face an onslaught of decisions. Which public cloud provider should you choose? Are you even ready for public cloud, or do you need to focus on private cloud? And what does that even mean? Maybe you’re looking for a hybrid solution.

These questions are only the beginning. Soon you’ll be looking at IaaS versus PaaS, containers versus unikernels, servers versus serverless—the list goes on. Is there any way to make sense of all of the choices and cut through all of the hype?

Fortunately there is a way forward. There are clear architectural concepts and patterns that you can use as guideposts on your journey to the cloud. Matt Stine helps you understand six key architecture qualities: modularity, observability, deployability, testablity, disposability, and replaceability. These qualities enhance your ability to apply the cultural and engineering practices of DevOps and continuous delivery and exploit the unique characteristics of cloud infrastructure, helping you eliminate the great conflict between pursuit of business agility and system resiliency and ultimately enabling your survival in a new marketplace where speed is the primary competitive advantage and access to consumer services must be ubiquitous.

Through lecture and hands-on kata exercises, you’ll learn to create cloud-native architectures by applying a rich catalog of patterns that you will be able to leverage regardless of your choice of cloud provider or technology stack.


Day 1

Introduction (15 minutes)

Cloud-native architecture fundamentals (60 minutes)

  • Business drivers for cloud-native architecture
  • High-level overview of DevOps and continuous delivery
  • Characteristics of cloud infrastructure

Socratic Q&A session (15 minutes)

Morning break (30 minutes)

Cloud-native architecture fundamentals: Part 2 (60 minutes)

  • Six key architectural qualities of cloud-native architecture

Introduction to the Brick and Mortar pattern language (30 minutes)

Lunch (60 minutes)

Review and Socratic Q&A session (30 minutes)

Brick patterns: Part 1 (60 minutes)

  • Externalized configuration
  • Externalized state
  • Externalized channels

Afternoon break (30 minutes)

Brick patterns: Part 2 (60 minutes)

  • Runtime reconfiguration
  • Concurrent execution
  • Brick telemetry

Review and Socratic Q&A session (30 minutes)

Day 2

Applying Brick patterns through kata exercises (90 minutes)

  • Form working groups
  • Pick an architectural problem
  • Design a cloud-native Brick
  • Present for peer review

Morning break (30 minutes)

Mortar patterns: Part 1 (60 minutes)

  • Service discovery
  • Edge gateway
  • Fault tolerance

Socratic Q&A session (30 minutes)

Lunch (60 minutes)

Mortar patterns: Part 2 (60 minutes)

  • Event-driven systems
  • Contract management
  • Integration telemetry

Socratic Q&A session (30 minutes)

Afternoon break (30 minutes)

Applying Mortar patterns through kata exercises (90 minutes)

  • Form working groups
  • Pick an architectural problem
  • Compose a cloud-native system
  • Present for peer review

Wrap-up and Q&A

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Matt Stine


Matt Stine is the global CTO for architecture at Pivotal, where he spends much of his time helping customers develop cloud-native application architectures. Matt is a 17-year veteran of the enterprise IT industry, eight of them spent as consulting solutions architect for multiple Fortune 500 companies and the not-for-profit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is the author of Migrating to Cloud-Native Application Architectures (O’Reilly) and the host of the Software Architecture Radio podcast. Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise IT doesn’t have to suck. He focuses on Lean/Agile software development methodologies, DevOps, architectural principles, patterns, and practices, and programming paradigms in an attempt to find the perfect storm of techniques that will allow corporate IT departments to function like startup companies and create software that delights users while maintaining a high degree of conceptual integrity. Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to OSCON to YOW!, is a seven-year member of the No Fluff Just Stuff tour, and serves as technical editor of NFJS the Magazine. Matt is also the founder and past president of the Memphis Java User Group.

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