on August 26, 2014
I found the beginning to be a good introduction to some of the concepts of Cloud Computing, but the writing was sloppy and repetitive. Maybe it improved after page 97. I don't know.
All the "Cloud" really is, is computing resources in someone else's data center. Those computing resources could be a physical server, or a "virtual server," i.e. a discrete cell of CPU, RAM and disk.
Still, I come at this with over 20 years in IT. Some who uses computers or is running a business might find more useful detail in Marks and Lozano's 280 pages.
on November 10, 2010
The authors are either without a clue, or very out of date. Write a book in 2010 on cloud computing and not mention Microsoft Azure even once? Think what you want of its viability, criticize or compare unfavorably, but pretending it doesn't exists leaves executives with a lopsided view of the cloud state-of-art. And no, I don't work for MS, but I am involved in creating a cloud transition strategy.
on October 2, 2010
I have utilized this text to help C-level executives better understand the terminology, concepts, and potential business strategies associated with cloud computing. After spending time with this text, line of business executives can more effectively and confidently evaluate competing outsourced service offerings and understand which can deliver compelling value in their unique business situations.