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"This cloud book is worth looking first... My curiosity has led me to explore chapters that I wouldn't feel concerned about, simply because the book naturally invites you to read it." --Willy Tarreau, Developer of HAProxy

"... this is definitely an excellent book to start with." --E. Fuentes, Switzerland

"... it is certainly a more objective book than the others I've read, explaining Amazon, Rackspace and RightScale together with plenty of third-party tools..." --A. Diaz

... this book is great way to jump right onto the cloud.  --Sung Woo Cho (Seoul, South Korea)

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Munz & More Press (April 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980798000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980798005
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Frank Munz is an expert in middleware and distributed computing. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the Technische Universität München for his work on distributed computing and medical imaging in brain research. He published more than 20 peer reviewed scientific papers.

In 2011 Frank received the Oracle Technologist of the Year award for cloud computing. Frank was honoured as Oracle ACE Director by Oracle in 2013 yet continues to work as an independent IT consultant.

Frank has over 15 years experience working for and on behalf of top middleware vendors and consultancies such as ConSol, Sun, BEA, TIBCO and Oracle, throughout Europe and Australia as a software architect, project manager and developer. In 2007 Frank founded munz & more - a cutting-edge consultancy focusing on Oracle middleware and cloud computing (see http://www.munzandmore.com). Based on over a decade of teaching experience with the big vendors, and its limitations, Frank is offering his own high-end training program world-wide now (Cloud Computing, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle WebLogic Server Architecture, Operations and Development, Performance Tuning, Oracle Service Bus 11g).

He loves to talk about features and showstoppers and frequently speaks at conferences all over the world.

When Frank is not working, he enjoys travelling in Southeast Asia, skiing in the Alps, tapas in Spain, and scuba diving in Australia.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Diaz on January 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought "Middleware and Cloud Computing" as a complementary book when I ordered the classic AWS book written by Amazon itself.
After reading both books I am convinced that Amazon has done a brilliant job!
But "Middleware and Cloud Computing" is a better choice for me because its main focus is on architecture and it mentions all known limitations of current cloud technology.

Both books are suitable if you are new to AWS, but "Middleware and Cloud Computing" explains the most important trade-offs that you are facing in real projects (EBS / S3 backed images, AWS Linux or other Linux distributions, Cloud Databases, SNS/SQS vs. JMS, software load balancers such as HAProxy or Amazon's elastic load balancing). The book also covers the second most important IaaS provider Rackspace including apps running on the Rackspace cloud, their REST API and their content distribution network Limelight.
There are detailed chapters about availability, scalability (AWS auto scaling) and monitoring.

It covers as well Oracle WebLogic server, SOA and Oracle Fusion Middleware including all the possibilities and options that currently exist when running Oracle products in the cloud. I never understood any of this from the available Oracle documentation (although I was spending many hours) so I especially enjoyed reading this part.

Overall, it is certainly a more objective book than the others I've read, explaining Amazon, Rackspace and RightScale together with plenty of third-party tools and their benefits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Boles on February 3, 2012
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If you want the lay-of-the-land of the cloud space, then Frank Munz's sweeping volume is for you. As you would expect from a Ph.D. the expansive yet down-to-earth thesis begins with a definition of terms and builds to a comprehensive synopsis of cloud architecture.

As you might expect from Oracle's Technologist of the year there is a consistent focus on Oracle's rich middleware technology stack, but does not lose sight of other key technologies such as Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, and of course database technologies.

This volume is far from being an extended Oracle sales white paper. The majority of the writing covers what cloud is today.
* It compares Rackspace to Amazon cloud offerings
* The importance of SOA and how it is implemented in real terms without sales gibberish
* An extensive coverage of middleware provisioning, domains, filesystems, deployment suggestions, availability and backup and recovery.

This is an architectural document. Don't expect step by step how-to tutorials. I found it refreshing to see a relatively unbiased presentation coving Amazon's, Racksapace's, and Oracle's technologies all in one volume. Important architectural topics such as capacity planning, system scaling, pricing, and load balancing and more are covered in adequate depth.

It is a book in my toolbox I know I'll pull out just to see what Frank said on the topic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Muir on June 11, 2011
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With the explosion of Internet content, especially that for the IT industry, it leaves an interesting question hanging over the worth (if any) of IT textbooks. When you can find an answer on just about anything online, what's the point of shelling out money, especially for IT texts that have been overpriced for sometime?

Frank Munz's Middleware and Cloud Computing: Oracle on Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud book is a good reminder of one key fact about text books in context of an internet society, they can save you a lot of research and time on the internet looking for the nitty-gritty details.

The book is clearly aimed at system administrators & architects who are looking for details about moving Oracle Fusion Middleware (FMW) products to the cloud. A healthy dose of system admin knowledge is required of readers, with discussions on operating system (particularly Linux), us of command lines, and a knowledge of networking concepts would greatly assist too. FMW knowledge isn't assumed, with an introductory chapter included, but knowledge in Oracle's WebLogic Server (WLS) would be highly beneficial to readers, and a familiarity of Java EE technologies too.

Munz's book is broken into logical halves. The first is a general introduction into "as a Service" cloud computing concepts. For readers who have heard the terminology but haven't kept up with all the in's and out's of what a cloud service is, this provides an opportunity to learn the lingo and also learn how to critique the cloud offerings, which is (let's just say) over hyped by IT marketing.

The first part of the book also takes care to look in depth at Amazon Web Services (AWS), including images, instances, storage and even pricing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean-Nicolas MARQUIS on March 30, 2015
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I was likely to gain this book directly form Frank Munz and I am delighted. It explodes a point of view committed and independent on the keys of a transition towards Cloud.

As usual the books of Frank Munz are very well structured, didactic and easy to read.

I recommend this book for any Middleware Architect or administrator wishing to rock towards the Cloud offers.

Thank you for all your work !!!!
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