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Cloud Application Architectures: Building Applications and Infrastructure in the Cloud (Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)) [Paperback]

by George Reese
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Book Description

April 10, 2009 0596156367 978-0596156367 1

If you're involved in planning IT infrastructure as a network or system architect, system administrator, or developer, this book will help you adapt your skills to work with these highly scalable, highly redundant infrastructure services.

While analysts hotly debate the advantages and risks of cloud computing, IT staff and programmers are left to determine whether and how to put their applications into these virtualized services. Cloud Application Architectures provides answers -- and critical guidance -- on issues of cost, availability, performance, scaling, privacy, and security.

With Cloud Application Architectures, you will:

  • Understand the differences between traditional deployment and cloud computing
  • Determine whether moving existing applications to the cloud makes technical and business sense
  • Analyze and compare the long-term costs of cloud services, traditional hosting, and owning dedicated servers
  • Learn how to build a transactional web application for the cloud or migrate one to it
  • Understand how the cloud helps you better prepare for disaster recovery
  • Change your perspective on application scaling

To provide realistic examples of the book's principles in action, the author delves into some of the choices and operations available on Amazon Web Services, and includes high-level summaries of several of the other services available on the market today.

Cloud Application Architectures provides best practices that apply to every available cloud service. Learn how to make the transition to the cloud and prepare your web applications to succeed.

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Book Description

Transactional Systems for EC2 and Beyond

About the Author

George Reese is the founder of two Minneapolis-based companies, enStratus Networks LLC (maker of high-end cloud infrastructure management tools) and Valtira LLC (maker of the Valtira Online Marketing Platform). Over the past 15 years, George has authored a number of technology books, including MySQL Pocket Reference, Database Programming with JDBC and Java, Java Database Best Practices, and the upcoming Web Architecture and Programming in the Cloud.

Throughout the Internet era, George has spent his career building enterprise tools for developers and delivering solutions to the marketing domain. He was an influential force in the evolution of online gaming through the creation of a number of Open Source MUD libraries and he created the first JDBC driver in 1996-the Open Source mSQL-JDBC. Most recently, George has been involved in the development of systems to support the deployment of transactional web applications in the cloud.

George holds a BA in Philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois. He currently lives in Minnesota with his wife Monique and his daughters Kyra and Lindsey.

Product Details

  • Series: Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596156367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596156367
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am the CTO of enStratus Networks (, the leading cloud infrastructure management vendor for enterprise clouds. Based in Minneapolis, MN, I co-founded enStratus as a spin-off from a company in the middle of moving into the cloud, Valtira. I was the primary architect of the enStratus software as well as the Open Source cloud abstraction API for Java, Dasein Cloud (

My professional career began in Hollywood working on TV shows like the People's Court and ESPN Up Close, but my "Internet Career" started in 1991 developing Open Source online gaming software, specifically the Nightmare and Dead Souls mud libraries. I got involved with Java in 1995 and wrote my first book, Database Programming with JDBC and Java in 1996.

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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only relevant to Amazon Cloud November 14, 2009
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All it talks about is Amazon's EC2, S3, MapReduce. It does not talk about "Application Architecture". It does not have ideas about how to break up traditional programs into MapReduce paradigm. It should be called Cloud Operations Architecture. If it was named by that title, I'd give it 5 stars. The book itself is not bad, but it will get obsolete very quickly due to its specificity to Amazon.
subtitle should be :Building Applications and Infrastructure in Amazon Cloud
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only cloud in the sky August 24, 2009
By J. Wood
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Cloud is a concept, not an absolute. This book is far too specific around EC2 from Amazon, and the promotion thereof. Alternative approaches are referenced far too rarely, and mostly at the very end. The book also flipped between business models / architectures, to dumping 128 bit encryption code from RSA. No matter who you are, much of this book will not be what you are looking for. I felt it was very biased.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please note - this book covers only IaaS July 20, 2009
This is a very good book - I have nothing to add over the other good reviews. Important point to note is that this book is heavily focused on IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) - Amazon/GoGrid/Rackspace, while using Amazon as the main theme. If you plan to go for Google Apps/Azure/Salesforce/... - this book not directly required and may be pretty hardcore for a start.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but not enough detail February 13, 2011
By Dave P
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I understand that this was not a how to book but rather an overview of cloud computing. However I would liked to have seen more detail information.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cloud Computing Demystified May 16, 2009
I have been waiting a long time for a book on architectures for Applications that run in the Cloud. Based on the reviews I had seen on Amazon on previous books on the Cloud, I gathered that the term "Cloud" was either being used as a way of attracting readers even though the contents of some of these books had nothing to do with the Cloud, or that some of the books did not deal sufficiently or well enough with the key architectural issues.
George Reese's book on Cloud Application Architectures, on the other hand, is an excellent, and in-depth treatise on the subject.
Reese has organized the book well into easily readable sections, and given very detailed information and best practices in each. He has sprinkled the book with examples of command line utility and other code to illustrate his key ideas. He is clearly an experienced practitioner of Cloud Computing. He has written the book with clarity that many other technical books lack. For each of the topics covered in the book e.g. Security, and Disaster Recovery (which, I trust, not coincidentally, rate as the top concerns of CIOs and IT Managers when making decisions about using the Cloud), Reese provides not just the key issues to consider, but also suggests different ways of addressing the issues, with the pros and cons of each.
The main examples in the book are based on Amazon Web Services, E2, and S3. I also appreciated the included sections in the back of the book by GoGrid and Rackspace, which offer different services for the Cloud. The idea of using GoGrids's CloudCenter and other similar servces may appeal to CIOs and IT Managers who are wary of the main issues of security and manageability, while Rackspace's one-stop shop approach to servers, files and sites might appeal to others.
All in all, a practical, and thoughtfully written book. I think this is a book that has the power of changing how key IT executives approach decision making about using the Cloud.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Need an Amazon EC2 and S3 user manual? January 22, 2010
This book is more of an Amazon EC2 and S3 user manual than covering Cloud Application Architecture in general.

Having said that I did find that it still did have some good content although in many areas it was very high level. Some diagrams were also missing from my copy.

There was a good Cloud Computing and Amazon Web Services overview. Cloud ROI, Monitoring & Management, and reiteration that Laws need to be considered were also covered, as were development implications, and in particular multiple-server transaction management.

If you want an overview of Amazon Web Services, EC2 and S3 then this book may be right for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on AWS type cloud computing January 31, 2010
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This is a good introduction to Infrastructure as a Service type cloud computing with a focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Just about the right level of detail to get an idea of what AWS and cloud computing is about along with a thoughtful treatment on some of the key issues and trade-offs. This is not a detailed how-to book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I use, and have been using EC2 in highly distributed and scalable applications that my business now relies on to function.

While EC2 has it's drawbacks, it is a great shot at hosted, on-demand, step-up application hosting.

I am telling you this book is for anyone interested in diving into this explosive technology that makes life easier, from the entrepreneur start up to the enterprise client.

I consider myself well versed in many "cloud" service providers, and this book addresses all concerns with implementations and infrastructures that I had never thought of. From basic questions to unique scenarios that are cloud and implementation specific.

George really displays his knowledge and experience throughout this book. It is a must read for anyone diving into any part of this industry.

Don't be caught without this book, knowledge, and experience. You will regret it the first time you are putting out an enterprise level fire, that could have been easily avoided.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good book if you have the right expectations
Let me start off by saying what this book is not. It is not the right book to learn about cloud computing. Read more
Published on January 16, 2012 by Ah Pui
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This should be required reading for anyone venturing into the cloud space. George Reese is perhaps one of the most knowledgeable in this area and the information contained in this... Read more
Published on October 3, 2011 by Maddog Macree
4.0 out of 5 stars The classic CC book
It's the classic CC book and it shouldn't miss on your bookshelf. Very useful to get started, but there are many new services and offerings in AWS now which are not yet covered in... Read more
Published on January 9, 2011 by A. Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Real World Cloud Computing
Only geeks could love this book's current title, as it's dry, and uninviting.

But the book sure isn't. Read more
Published on December 13, 2010 by Sean P. Hull
1.0 out of 5 stars All Fluff, No Stuff
My first review of this book seems to have disappeared.

I am used to a data center environment. Read more
Published on October 19, 2010 by Arun Ramakrishnan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to cloud computing
Overall this book was a great overview of cloud computing. It would be great to see a new addition or online addendum that is less Amazon-centric and provides more information... Read more
Published on August 4, 2010 by Marc
4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of Cloud Computing and Amazon cloud
If you are looking to learn some essentials about Cloud computing and Amazon Cloud computing services, this is a book for you. Read more
Published on July 11, 2010 by Andy Zhang
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the right audience
In Short: If you're looking for a book that explains how the AWS EC2 & S3 services can be used to implement transactional web applications on the IaaS model, while accommodating... Read more
Published on May 12, 2010 by Bob Savage
1.0 out of 5 stars What a bore.
This book was such a bore to read. The phrase 'Building Applications' led me to believe that this book might possibly be about building applications. Read more
Published on April 28, 2010 by N. Koszykowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read introduction focusing on architecture, best practices.
Book provides a good overview of cloud architectures and best practices, with a slant towards architecting transactional web-based systems for security, failure recovery, and so... Read more
Published on February 8, 2010 by Syd Logan
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