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Product Details

  • Series: Network Business
  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587143062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587143069
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Williams is a 16-year information technology veteran. Fourteen of those years have been with Cisco Systems, where he has held several leadership positions. Currently, Bill is a regional manager for data center and virtualization technologies, covering the service provider market segment. In 2008, 2010, and 2011, Bill lead the top-producing service provider regions in the United States and Canada. In 2010, Bill won the Manager Excellence award.

 

Bill attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Bill also holds U.S. Patent 7260590 for a content delivery application.

 

The Economics of Cloud Computing is Bill’s second book for Cisco Press. The Business Case for Storage Networks was published in 2004.

 

Bill lives with his wife and children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

 


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Bill Williams is a Regional Sales Manager for Cisco Systems, Inc. focused on data center technologies in the Service Provider market. Bill is the author of "The Economics of Cloud Computing," and "The Business Case for Storage Networks," a guide to quantifying the business value of storage networking technologies. "The Business Case for Storage Networks" has become a field sales manual for sales experts at Cisco Systems, Network Appliance, and EMC Corporation. Bill holds graduate degrees from Harvard Divinity School and from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. Bill is a sixteen-year industry veteran and holds a U.S. Patent for content networking. Bill lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, Lia, and their three children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dash on January 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
One of the better overviews on Cloud Computing that I have read. Most of the cloud computing books that I have read are either extremely technical or very heavily slanted towards vendor's products and features. Although this is a Cisco press book, it is written from a fairly objective point of view. The book is very concise and very focused on practical application. Also, many of the current books discuss the theory around cloud computing but are not useful for a CIO or CTO trying to decide if implementing a Cloud based solution makes sense. This book actually gives clearly defined metrics on TCO and Cost-Benefits analysis. He also discusses direct metrics such as Payback Method. I found that very valuable because every Enterprise application doesn't make economic sense deployed on the Cloud. At the end of the day,it all comes down to impact to the business and the author understands that. I would highly recommend "the Economics of Cloud Computing".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Centerfielder on January 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
One of the best and most thorough books on Cloud Computing I've read. Not only does the author take care to navigate the reader through the many subtleties of what "Cloud" is (e.g. SaaS, PaaS, etc), he offers his insight into what business leaders and decision makers need to understand. From a cost perspective and how to determine the return on their investment to productivity gains in their employees across the organization as well as their IT organization.

There are many areas to understand with regard to Cloud, and the best way to make the right decision for your organization is to know the "right" questions to ask. This is a book that will help you achieve that understanding as well as help you move your organization to be a more profitable and competitive business.
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