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About the Author

Pankaj Arora is a Senior Manager in the Microsoft IT Global Strategic Initiatives team. A thought leader on cloud computing, he has been integral in developing the enterprise business case for Microsoft IT, defining the internal cloud adoption strategy, and partnering with the Windows Azure team on platform readiness and competitive analysis. Pankaj was the technical lead for the first migration of a Microsoft IT application to Azure, and he also launched an initiative to move critical assets to the cloud.

Raj Biyani is the Managing Director for Microsoft IT (India) and the Global Strategic Initiatives organization. Microsoft IT (India) is Microsoft’s largest IT operation outside of corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Raj has demonstrated an ability to see opportunities early and generate executive support for initiatives to capitalize on those opportunities. Prior to joining Microsoft IT, he led the envisioning and successful creation of the Windows Marketplace, an electronic software delivery platform for Microsoft.

Salil Dave is a Senior Director in the Microsoft IT Global Strategic Initiatives team. In his 25-year career, he has covered a range of industries and roles, including a decade at Microsoft, 6 years at supply chain software pioneer i2 Technologies, and 5 years at the Indian Revenue Service. Salil has a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and an MPA from Harvard University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 146 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (January 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007179221X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071792219
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors did a great job for such a small book.
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If you fit in those categories or need a good overview of cloud adoption, this book would be a worthwhile read.
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Anybody interested in adopting cloud platforms for enterprise applications needs to read this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on January 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A recent search on Amazon showed an amazing 1,460 titles on cloud computing. It is no secret that cloud computing is a technology that has arrived.

But with all the excitement around cloud computing, it is difficult to filter through the hype. For those looking to get a clear understanding of this monstrosity called cloud computing, To the Cloud: Cloud Powering an Enterprise provides the reader with a detailed overview of what cloud computing is, and what it is not.

While the book is authored by 3 technical Microsoft staffers; it is overall a vendor agnostic reference. Albeit the epilogue does use a case study of the Windows Azure cloud platform.

In fewer than 100 pages, the books 4 parts consist of sections on:

Explore - understand the promise and challenges of cloud computing
Envision - details how cloud computing can transform an organization
Enable - details the necessary resources and skills for en effective cloud computing initiative
Execute - creating the design, development and operation of cloud computing

While not specifically a security book, the authors note in chapter 3 that moving services to a public cloud means potentially increasing your business exposure to malicious attacks. I would take note that it is not a potential increase, rather a definite increase. The authors write that it is important to determine how well a cloud provider handles both technical and legal issues, in addition to other security requirements.

Chapter 4 notes the importance of a penetration test for any cloud-based application. It also stresses the need for comprehensive logging and monitoring.

For those looking for a succinct tactical introduction to cloud computing, To the Cloud: Cloud Powering an Enterprise is an excellent place to start.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erik Gfesser VINE VOICE on January 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The authors of this text rightly explain in their introduction that the path to cloud adoption is bound to be different for every firm. Because much of what is provided here is based on Microsoft IT's own experience with cloud adoption, and most of the software that Microsoft IT consumes is built in-house, the authors point out that they recognize their enterprise is unique, so they chose to focus on concepts rather than specific technologies when guiding the reader through the cloud adoption learning process. While the reader should readily recognize that this is a Microsoft text because the foreward was written by Microsoft CIO Tony Scott, what the authors present here is for the most part product agnostic. And since they share as case studies what they have accomplished as Microsoft IT, it should be no surprise to readers that Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Azure are periodically mentioned.

The material presented here is broken down into four parts: (1) Explore, (2) Envision, (3) Enable, and (4) Execute. After first discussing the cloud computing paradigm, and the value proposition that it offers, the authors provide practical advice for developing a business case and building consensus with key stakeholders once there is momentum in making a move toward the cloud. The following focus then shifts to various adoption approaches, and a number of topics surrounding cloud execution.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sharad Gupta on February 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book for anyone in the IT leadership role considering to learn more crisply about what cloud has to offer and how to go about adopting it. The book is rather small with four main chapters and can be read in a few sittings. The book proposes a four-step cloud adoption model or a framework that is comprised of the following steps - Explore, Envision, Enable, and Execute. The framework is pragmatic and it incorporates key learning from real projects. This book cites many examples of how Microsoft migrated many of their IT applications to Microsoft Azure, but the learning, the issues, and the framework are generic and applicable to any cloud platform.

Here is a quick summary of the main chapters:

The first chapter describes the Explore step of the adoption model. This step is about understanding the cloud and its variations (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and more) as well as its value proposition from a business perspective.

The second chapter describes the Envision step of the adoption model where the focus is on recognizing the change and the opportunities it brings up. Cloud adoption has many key considerations, such as security and availability, that will continue playing major roles in how fast and which applications are migrated to cloud.

The third chapter describes the Enable step of the adoption model where the focus shifts on organizational readiness aspects, such as defining an adoption approach based on a given organizational context, selection of potential cloud providers, and upgrading the organizational capabilities (people, process, tools) to enable the cloud adoption.

The fourth chapter describes the Execute step of the adoption model where implementation aspects are covered.
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