Repository Entry Points

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Where to start?

Depending on what you want to know or what you are looking for, several approaches exist to explore the contents of the Infrastructure Architecture Repository. Below, a number of common entry points are listed:

  • You want to have a quick overview of the infrastructure landscape? Start discovering it by checking Working Area and Environment descriptions to get an idea of the context of the landscape. To see what kind of infrastructure solutions are present, check out Pattern Types for universal solution specimens or Pattern Variants for specific solution molds that are used to shape designs of infrastructure solutions in the particular landscape that is contained by this repository.
  • You want to know what (universal) kinds of infrastructure functions exist? Check out the Building Block Types, a table that provides a nice overview is located here.
  • You want to know what particular instances of kinds of infrastructure function are contained by this knowledge base? Check out Building Block Variants. Building Block Variants can be regarded as recipes or molds that can be used to guide and shape the designs of single infrastructure functions, so if you are a (project) architect, designer or engineer, this information might be of special interest to you.
  • You want to know what (universal) kinds of infrastructure solutions exist? Check out the Pattern Types.
  • You want to know what particular instances of kinds of infrastructure solutions are contained by this knowledge base? Check out Pattern Variants. Pattern Variants can be regarded as recipes or molds that can be used to guide and shape the designs of infrastructure solutions, so if you are a solution architect, designer or engineer, this information might be of special interest to you.
  • You want to know what Quality Attributes are defined, how they are elaborated, what classes and/or permutations exist, what pre-defined values are assigned, or what design guidelines are attached to certain Quality Attributes? Please check out the Quality Attribute definitions in this knowledge system.