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  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (November 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447881281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447881285
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,618,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. J. van Til on January 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
With "IT Infrastructure Architecture - Infrastructure building blocks and concepts", Sjaak Laan provides a broad and coherent picture of IT-infrastructure. The book presents an -introduction- to this subject; (technical) details only occasionally come into play. According to Laan a book covering the full width of the domain does not exist yet. He also states that his book is well suited to explain the interests as well as the complexity of the field of IT-infrastructure.

The author introduces his "Infrastructure Model" in chapter 1. This model is used to structure the remainder of the book. The book can be divided into two parts: a quality part and an concrete part. The quality part (chapter 2 - 5) discusses the concepts Availability, Performance and Security with respect to IT-infrastructure as a whole. The concrete part (starting with chapter 6) discusses the building blocks Data Centers, Servers, Networking, Storage, Virtualisation, Operating Systems and End User Devices.
For each of the concepts discussed in chapter 3, 4 and 5 Laan provides a number of aspects and patterns. Per building block (as of chapter 6) the author systematically focuses on historical developments, constituent parts and details of the applicable quality notions (Availability, Performance and Security).

Laan doesn't justify the correctness, completeness etc. of his Infrastructure Model. The same goes more than once for the constituent parts of the building blocks he discusses. And that is a pity, for that would further increase the power of his book.

The book is pleasantly ordered and reads easy. It contains a whole load of orienting information and can sure be used, in my opinion, as a reference work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Rowntree on February 5, 2013
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It is structured well at the highest level following the typical layers network, servers, app etc. Then each section has some information about components under the section. The real thing that devalues the contents is he runs through a history lesson of each layer. For example, in the servers the book spends far to much time talking about old technology VAX, Apple II. This is a pretty obvious attempt to add filler. What should be in this book is how modern IA is done. Examples of IA at a typical multinational corporation. Instead history. The information in my view cursory much in the way a wiki might detail the topics. Matter of fact the publicly available wikis might be better. If your a deep expert in this area looking for a reference with good case stuidies it is definitely not you. However, if you are a manager or executive looking for IA 101 and what a good history lesson so you can be competent at discuss VAX and Apple II's over dinner with the hot date, it might due. I would suggest the author take this book back and fill it out with modern details on how to design IA with substantially modern components. Leave the history lessons for the Wikis, thats why people are paying for the book. History is easy, designing a major corporations IT infrasturre is not and that why you write a book and charge for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michel Acuna on October 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book that I have found that properly covers all the elements of infrastructure architecture in a single place.

The author starts by introducing his infrastructure model and then proceeds to describe each of the components in detail. The model itself is one of the biggest assets in the book, if you work as an Architect or as a Designer you will recognise it for its simplicity and its completeness.

The book is properly structured and each of the sections contains most valuable information regarding the multiple aspects of IT infrastructure.

Don't expect too much low level technical details in any of the sections, my understanding is that this book is supposed to give you a high level view of the components and in that respect the author does an outstanding job.

This book definitely fills a gap and the author deserves proper credit for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Danu on December 6, 2012
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I decided to read this book because the author comes across as a very knoledgeable, experienced individual. Reading along, I realize he wrote a book that gives a very vague, simple overview in all verticals of technology. It seems to me like he tried to put everything he knows about technology in a book for an Information Technology intoductory course for college.

There is only one item that mentions architecture, the layers of varying systems and environments and how they depend on each other. Everything else was known, basic information for me.

If you are a seasoned professional looking for architecture information, this will not provide architecture. Instead, a glorified history and review or information technology.

With all due respect to the author, I consider Architecture to be an advanced topic, and material here should help one understand how to build whole systems and best prectice, review use cases, etc., not teach the basics.
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