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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: IT Process Institute, Inc.; first edition (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975568639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975568637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Visible Ops Private Cloud is a worthy addition to the Visible Ops series, taking it to a new level of usefulness and relevance. This book captures and extends the spirit of the original work by tackling virtualization and cloud computing head on, providing practical methods that make the successful creation and management of competitive private cloud computing environments achievable. Based on research, rather than hype, this valuable guide book covers both the risks and the rewards of cloud computing. But of even greater usefulness is solid guidance on how to navigate the risks and maximize the rewards inherent in virtualization and private clouds. Building on the basic tenants of the original Visible Ops book (that rock solid configuration, change, and release controls are the keys to High Performing organizations) the authors point out that those controls are more critical than ever in virtualized environments because the risks of losing control in these crucial areas are exponentially higher in a virtualized environment than in a physical environment. But this book offers far more than a rehashing of the original Visible Ops book as it applies to virtualization. It provides both a clear vision of cloud computing and practical guidance for IT organizations seeking to stay relevant and competitive in a new era of IT which is no longer about the computers IT manages, is increasingly simply about the services IT can provide. While services have always been the result of IT s endeavors (as we move from dedicated infrastructure, to virtualized infrastructure to cloud computing) infrastructure becomes more and more abstracted and less important to the business. What is important now is simply how cost effective and agile your service delivery is. In other words, the clear message is, IT is not about the computer! Cloud computing has turned the traditional world of IT upside down, and is forcing every major assumption of IT to be re examined and re invented; from how it is sourced, governed, built, and run, to how, most importantly, it is consumed. Visible Ops Private Cloud focuses on what IT organizations need to know in an IT world that is being turned upside down by cloud computing. It provides guidance both on what to do and how to do it; it s a roadmap into private cloud computing. --Steve Darby, Vice President of Engineering, IP Services

The Visible Ops Private Cloud Handbook both identifies and navigates through the obstacles to implementing a private cloud within the enterprise. It contains a compilation of best practices from top-performing IT organizations which will be of benefit to anyone on their journey to the private cloud. --Joel Kehle, Cloud Architect, Qualcomm

This book is one of the few things I ve seen that can directly help IT managers transform their data center from a partially virtualized computing environment into a much higher level organism, the private cloud. --Charles Babcock, Editor-at-large, InformationWeek

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Great primer for the IT executive looking a private cloud solutions.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kaplan on April 14, 2011
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Authors Andi Mann, Kurt Milne and Jeanne Moran have written an IT Process Institute publication, Visible Ops Private Cloud: From Virtualization to Private Cloud in 4 Practical Steps. This book is short, easy to follow and engaging. It not only is worth reading, but essential for any IT leader considering virtualization or private cloud technologies.

Information gained from over 30 interviews with organizations that have implemented private cloud solutions along with ITPI research data provides the basis for the book's analyses and conclusions, although the footnotes reflect many other studies and sources as well. The 60 plus years of combined author IT process management experience is evident in their ability to take a very complex topic and distill it down to an easily digestible format.

The book starts off defining a private cloud and how it differs from a fully virtualized data center. It also discusses the three primary advantages that private clouds have over public clouds. While it should be fairly obvious that a private cloud enables a level of security and control not easily matched by a public cloud provider, much more surprising is the authors' contention that a well executed private cloud is around 30% less expensive. Private clouds also enable a degree of customization that public clouds are unable to match.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chappell on July 31, 2013
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Conclusions presented as fact without the supporting evidence. If you want to learn all of the cloud jargon and overly simplified fluff behind cloud services then this is the book for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Bell, Lean IT Strategies on May 23, 2011
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This is practical, concise, densely packed guidance following a logical design and deployment path for sustained success. IT professionals can turn to this text frequently when communicating a meaningful business case for delivering a highly efficient and agile cloud platform in-house. This book helps the reader understand not just the technicalities and economics of this tectonic shift in computing, but keeps business risk and value clearly in focus.

Cost reduction pressures are intense, and business people often assume that outsourcing will automatically result in both reduced costs and improved service levels. The latter is often not the case, and once essential foundation services and internal knowledge are shipped out, they are very hard to bring back in again. The fact is, an enterprise can reduce costs and take advantage of the many benefits of internally sourced cloud architecture, while strengthening the relationships that will help the IT organization break down silos and continuously improve to serve the changing needs of business better, cheaper and faster.

Steve Bell, co-author of "Lean IT"
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By PTurPam on September 15, 2013
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This book is worth reading. I would recommend it to folks that really want to get a better understanding of a very old technology "web hosting"
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Downey on May 31, 2011
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A small book of deep insight, Virtual Ops Private Cloud tackles the why and how of moving enterprise IT from virtualization to private cloud. Private cloud--better tailored, less costly, more secure than public cloud--means automation, dynamic workload management, and a service approach to IT consumption.

Throughout the book, this concept of service takes center stage. To gain the benefits of a private cloud, the authors argue, enterprise IT must offer to the business a service catalog of standardized offerings--bundles of compute power, memory, networking, and service--tailored and continuously adapted to align with business needs. From this catalog, users shall make one-touch orders, orders that through rules and automation lead to the dynamic provisioning of IT services, moving the business rapidly from idea to reality.

The private cloud in Visible Ops Private Cloud goes beyond technology; it represents a vision of extraordinary IT efficiency and value creation. Enterprise IT achieves all this through the discipline of process, the rigorous formulation, documentation, adaptation, and adherence to policies and procedures around service standardization and delivery.

The four practical steps promised by the book's subtitle depict a journey to ever greater process discipline and efficiency. Authors Andi Mann, Kurt Milne, and Jeanne Morain effectively distill lessons learned from leading organisations, making the book remarkably concrete and comprehensive for its size.

However, as I consider the importance of the service catalogue, I wonder whether the private cloud as described in Visible Ops Private Cloud produces the kind of services that business users should care about.
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