Technology mechanisms represent well-defined IT artefacts that are established within an IT industry and commonly distinct to a certain computing model or platform. The technology-centric nature of cloud computing requires the establishment of a formal level of mechanisms to be able to explore how a given pattern can be applied differently via alternative combinations of mechanism implementations. This not only standardises proven practices and solutions in a design pattern format, it further adds standardisation to pattern application options. It is for this reason that the mechanisms listed on this site have been defined for the cloud computing design patterns catalog.