The Cloud Platform Integration Framework (CPIF) provides workload integration guidance for onboarding applications into a Microsoft Cloud Solution. CPIF describes how organizations, Microsoft Partners and Solution Integrators should design and deploy Cloud-targeted workloads utilizing the hybrid cloud platform and management capabilities of Azure, System Center and Windows Server. The CPIF domains have been decomposed into the following functions:

By integrating these functions directly into workloads, “platforms” can be developed which allow for further configuration by tenants to implement extended software services.

This download includes the following CPIF patterns in both Microsoft Word (.docx) and PDF (.pdf) formats:

In addition, the CPIF Architecture document is included which describes the intent and approach taken in each of the pattern documents.

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