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ISBN-13: 978-1935182528 ISBN-10: 1935182528 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (November 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182528
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jothy Rosenberg is a professor-turned-entrepreneur who has founded six companies. He has written two previous technical books and holds several patents. Jothy has a PhD in Computer Science from Duke University.

Arthur Mateos left his career as an experimental nuclear physicist to become a technology entrepreneur. He was an early pioneer of the CDN space and has a patent awarded on Content Distribution technology. Arthur holds an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from MIT.


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I confess I was a little skeptical when I started reading this book.
Rodrigo CAMARGO
Cloud computing is a disruptive technology and will lead to consumerization of IT by lowering the barriers to IT consumption.
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This book is sure a one stop guide for anyone who wants to know about Cloud computing.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ah Pui on August 1, 2011
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I am very impressed with the quality of this book as each of the nine chapters is very well written and weaved together to tell a very powerful story. It builds up a very compelling case for cloud computing as the book covers many aspects of cloud computing with sufficient technical depth from general, high level concepts and classifications down to design of cloud-enabled applications for scalability and reliability.

There are currently 3 classifications for cloud computing:
1)IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) - Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure etc
2)PaaS (Platform as a Service) - Google App Engine, VMWare CloudFoundry, Microsoft Azure etc
3)SaaS (Software as a Service) - Salesforce Force.com, Google Docs etc

The author presents a very clear explanation for each of the different classifications of cloud computing and even shows us some basic REST API on how to access Amazon EC2 and S3. The elasticity (on demand) and pay-as-you-use nature of cloud computing provides real savings in dollars and cents and provide agility to the business as the author carefully draws out. I like how the author makes the case that cloud computing is here to stay and will be the disruptive technology of today as it is adopted based on real business needs instead of based solely on technology. There will definitely be a huge emergence of zero-cost startups who can go a long way without asking for VC fundings as they can get infrastructure with thousands of servers serving millions of users with fraction of costs compared to the traditional way of owning IT infrastructure in house.

Security is a major concern in adopting cloud technology. The author acknowledged it and attempted to address the concerns by showing various security precautions taken by existing cloud vendors.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erik Gfesser VINE VOICE on November 24, 2011
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Potential readers of this text, especially those familiar with Manning, might be interested in knowing that in their preface, the authors indicate they "had to convince Manning to publish a book that wasn't aimed squarely at programmers. When we told them the book had no source code, that didn't compute. We held firm, arguing that a huge need exists for a book that tells it like it is for the enterprise IT worker. The cloud will eventually have its greatest effect on the largest of organizations. But they're precisely the organizations that have the most trouble changing. We wanted to talk directly to you about how to undertake this shift, what it will mean to you and your organization, and how to proceed in a sane and reasonable manner."

The authors are correct that this need exists, and after reading what they have to offer here, this space will continue to need additional contributions for quite some time. As a consultant leading a virtualization project this past year, a prior reading of this text would have helped prepare me for some of the discussions that ensued with client personnel. While technical texts such as "VMWare vSphere 4" by Scott Lowe (see my review), significantly increased my confidence at a product level, the periodic conversations surrounding what can be seen as a possible next step following virtualization, use of a cloud, could have benefited from materials like the authors provide here, because quite simply there are very few product neutral, cloud focused texts.

The authors actually do provide some source code, however minimal, in this text, but it is mainly confined to what Amazon provides with its cloud API.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rodrigo CAMARGO on July 26, 2012
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I confess I was a little skeptical when I started reading this book. I was looking for a broad explanatory cloud computing book but not a too shallow one. Neither I was expecting a full detailed book, since each cloud has its specific ways of configuration according to either its flavor or vendor.

When I read the paragraph at begining of the book saying "This book is for business managers, IT managers, IT architects, CIOs, CTOs, CEOs, IT strategy decision-makers, and all potential cloud services buyers" I started to wonder if it was worth reading at all, because as a software senior developer I'm not looking for superficial introduction only. But against my prejudice I persist reading and I was surprised to see that this book contains lots of technical and practical information not only intended to managers at all, like detailed examples of how to create and deploy hosted services into some clouds, either using actually piece of code or RESTful-like URL examples. Also, chapter 5 describes de design and details of a cloud scale.

It's very interesting to detail this type of info, since a manager, CIO, CTO or whatever non-developer staff possibly wouldn't fully understand (and also don't need to), but with that in the content it will reach a little bit deeper explanation. Regarding this not so shallow approach, the book can also explain a little bit deeper how things really
work and avoid the superficial of a well know manager-intended technical book. Perhaps, if you are a manager ou CIO you may hear lots of mumbo-jumbo at first, but this won't make you stop reading I suppose. It is not that boring and you may understand how things work from technical side, and how easy it is for some cloud vendors to stand up and running using a few commands.
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