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Guide to SOA and the cloud

Last updated:December 2014

Editor's note

With the emergence of cloud computing and cloud applications, some people believed the new technology would make service-oriented architecture (SOA) obsolete. While some still hold that belief, others have found SOA to be very advantageous to the cloud. The first section of this guide covers the relationship between SOA and the cloud, and the second goes into other architectural concepts, such as representational state transfer (REST). Also included are a quiz and key terms. Read on to find out more about the relationship between SOA and the cloud.

1Improve application design

Cloud applications, like any programs, must have sharp design and strong security, and architects play a huge part in those areas. The articles in this section delve into the role REST plays in cloud applications and how to improve application design through cloud business intelligence (BI), workflow and componentization.