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Cloud Application Architectures: Building Applications and Infrastructure in the Cloud (Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)) 1st Edition

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596156367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596156367
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am the CTO of enStratus Networks (http://www.enstratus.com), 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 (http://dasein-cloud.sf.net).

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

-Brandon
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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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I've been working with Amazon's EC2 environment for nearly a year now. I thought I had a clear understanding of all that involves the Cloud, including spooling up instances, setting up security groups and using off-line storage for backups. However, I never considered many of the issues covered in the book.

I think the most important aspect of the book is that it lays out best practices that I'm leveraging now to scale my large web applications, tighten up my security and automate disaster recovery. It's clear that the author has spent a great amount of time thinking about these issues and has the hardcore experience backing his advice.

I also liked discovering more about the other offerings in the marketplace. It's impossible to tell what a client's needs might be so its nice to have them in mind when making these types of a decisions.
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