Starting up a large-scale software project can be mind-boggling – from understanding seemingly-random jargon to getting your head around how systems actually work and relate to each other, it’s not always straightforward.
So, this is why it’s important to have a good team of developers on your side, who understand your needs and what you’re actually looking for in a platform.
But, while you can say goodbye to some of the jargon and leave it to the software guys, it’s also important to understand why they may want to do things in a certain way.
Take, for example, software architecture and infrastructure. Even developers can find the line blurry on this one, but don’t worry if you’re already confused – let us explain.
When building new software, there are two things to think about: the architecture (the structure of the software) and the infrastructure (the basic foundational services it’s built on).
Each is vital in creating a smooth experience that can be utilised all over the world effectively, quickly and simultaneously by multiple users.
In short, the infrastructure can be described as the assets, while the architecture is the design to use those assets.
But why do you need to know about any of this?
It’s simple; when it comes to building your own learning platform, you need to be sure that you’re offering a secure service that will hold time and time again, no matter the number of users, location or time of day.
And, to do this, you need a strong team that will work with you to understand things like the number of servers you need, provide effective future-proofing (because, hopefully, your product is going to go global) and make key decisions around issues like load balancing, autoscaling, failover and redundancy.
So, with that in mind, here are some questions to think about:
What is ‘software architecture’?
As mentioned above, the architecture of a piece of software defines the structure – the skeleton of the system, which addresses issues like feasibility, scalability and how flexible it is. This is vital because it looks at the set up from an operational and technical perspective, ensuring it can support large numbers of users with a consistent high-performance rate.
So, what about infrastructure?
Infrastructure is the base of what your system is built on – the networks, computing, and storage devices, which are each vital support for the software to run on. Without this, the architecture would have no solid foundations, with little reliability or scope to grow.
What are the essentials I need to consider?
When the success of your business rests on the IT systems you are using, you need to be confident that your software is in the right hands. So, bear in mind what you want out of your developers; do you need a system that can run globally, and have you thought about vulnerabilities?
Working with a highly-experienced team will also ensure that your system is properly tested to manage huge traffic spikes, security attacks and is durable– no matter the time or location.
By speaking to the team at Build Empire, we can help you to myth-bust some of the jargon and work on a system that panders to your needs, with the opportunity to build and expand when the time is right for you.
To find out more, read more about architecture and infrastructure here, or and get in touch with us here.