For a few years now we’ve been working on a project we have named Portfolio Architectures. These are based on seeing a specific use case we are used in the real world by customers and then finding implementations of that case using three or more products from the Red Hat portfolio.
This basic premise is used as the foundation, but many aspects of open source are included in both the process and the final product we have defined. There is a community, where we share the initial project kickoff with a group of architects and use their initial feedback from the start. We also present the architecture product we’ve created right at the end before we publish to ensure usability by architects in the field. The final published product includes some internal-only content around the customer projects researched, but most of the content is open and freely available through various open-source channels.
This article is sharing an overview of the product we’ve developed, what’s available to you today in our architecture center, and concludes by sharing a collection of architectures we’ve published.
The basic premise of a portfolio architecture is that it’s a use case with two to three actual implementations that can be researched and includes the use of a minimum of three products. This is the ideal foundation for a project to start, but we encountered a problem with use cases containing emerging technologies or emerging domains in the market. To account for these we’ve decided to note the fact that these are opinionated architectures based on internal reference architectures.
The product has been defined as complete for publishing when it contains the following content:
- Short use case definition
- Diagrams: Logical, schematic (physical), and detail diagrams
- Public slide deck containing the use case story and architecture diagrams
- Internal slide deck containing both the public deck content and the confidential customer research
- Video (short) explanation of the architecture
- Either a technical brief document or one or more articles covering the solution architecture
Note that the above items noted in italics are all freely available to you online at the Red Hat Portfolio Architecture Center or in the Portfolio Architecture Examples repository.
Tooling and Workshops
The progress towards our products required a good idea of how we wanted to diagram our architectures. We chose to keep them very generic and simple in style to facilitate all levels of conversation around a particular use case without getting bogged down in notational discussions.
A simple three-level design for our architectures was captured by using logical, schematic, and detail diagrams. All of these have been integrated into open source tooling with pre-defined templates and icons for easily getting started. Furthermore, we’ve developed a tooling workshop to quickly ramp up on the design methods and tooling we’ve made available. It’s called Designing Your Best Architectural Diagrams, has been featured in several conferences around the world.
The collection featured today is centered around architectures in the healthcare domain. There are two architectures in this collection and we’ll provide a short overview of each, leaving the in-depth exploration as an exercise for the reader.
In each of these architecture overviews, you’ll find a table of contents outlining the technologies used, several example schematic diagrams with descriptions, and a link in the last section to open the diagrams directly into the online tooling in your browser.
Intelligent Data as a Service (iDaaS)
Intelligent DaaS (Data as a Service) is about building and delivery of systems and platforms in a secure and scalable manner while driving data needs for moving towards consumerization in healthcare. Feel free to explore this portfolio architecture by clicking here.
Edge Medical Diagnosis
Edge Medical Diagnosis is accelerating medical diagnosis using condition detection in medical imagery with AI/ML at medical facilities. Feel free to explore this portfolio architecture by clicking here.
If you are interested in more architecture solutions like these, feel free to export the Portfolio Architecture Examples repository and stay tuned for more collection overviews.