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About the Author

John Rhoton is a strategy consultant who advises global enterprise customers on emerging technologies with a current focus on public, private and hybrid cloud computing. He speaks regularly on technology and strategy and is the author of five books including Cloud Computing Explained, currently ranked among the most popular books on the topic. His tenure in the IT industry spans over twenty-five years at HP, EDS, Compaq and Digital where he has held leading roles in defining and implementing business and technology strategy both internally and for many of the largest clients. John has been responsible for driving the adoption of several emerging technologies including cloud computing, mobility, next-generation-networking and virtualization. Over his career, he has covered a range of activities from software engineering and enterprise architecture to business development and global infrastructure deployment. After living in a dozen countries, including long-term assignments to the United States, France, Italy, Ireland, Hong Kong and Malaysia, he has settled with his family near Vienna, Austria. In addition to English, John is fluent in German, Spanish, French and Italian.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Recursive, Limited (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956355617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956355614
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a relatively tech-y person trying to get a handle on cloud computing. I have found this book very easy to read, clearly organized, and very practical. My main gripe with it is the index. I rely heavily on a book's index, both to find something I read before and to get an overview of the various topics a book covers. The index for this book is only three pages, and is very superficial. It often lists many pages for a topic without breaking them out into subtopics. I get more use out of the table of contents than I do from the index; because the book is well organized, I can generally find what I'm looking for. But not always. For example, in my reading I came across the term shared-nothing. I understood the discussion, but later on I realized I had forgotten what it meant. Sadly, the term shared-nothing was not in the index. Since I knew the realm in which the term applied, I was able to look up a few topics in the TOC, one of which led me to the term. Any time a term is introduced in quotes, as this one was, it's clearly relevant to the discussion, and should be find-able again. I am pondering returning this version and getting the kindle one. At least then, I could search for any term I wanted to. My advice to readers: keep your post-it notes handy as you read this book. My advice to the publisher: hire a professional indexer for the next edition.
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I am a novice in Cloud Computing and I thought I have a decent understanding of cloud computing. After reading this book, I found how much more is there in cloud computing space. I am still reading and I have liked it so far. The author talks at architectural level (as the title says) and is good for anyone new to this area. I like that this book is clarifying my concepts and telling what all is available to explore. If you are looking for details on how to implement solutions using AWS, Azure, App Engine then this book is not for you.
I got this book quite late (10-15 days) with no shipping information published on Amazon. I wish the seller can expedite the delivery of books.
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John and Risto have gone the distance to really explain in detail the technical structure of cloud computing platforms. In Cloud Computing Explained John gave us the "Who" and "Why" [plus a whole lot more] of cloud computing, and now he and Risto give us the "what, where, when" on how to build a flexible, scalable, secure and automated multi-purpose, multi-tenant cloud computing infrastructure. The best feature of the content is that itreally speaks to the experience of its authors - I can really tell that these guys have "been there" and "done that" and have put their experience into an well though out architecture guide. Great detailed content for those who need to get up to speed on cloud computing, as well as great help for IT experts who want to polish up their own cloud computing environments.
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The author has approached the topic very intelligently, top-down first and then delving into every aspect of cloud computing in detail. Each topic is treated with utmost thoroughness in terms of possibilities, limitations, advantages and benefits and above all what one must anticipate. I am amazed at the knowledge of the author. I started reading the book end to end, then jumped to the topics I was interested in. Great book for anyone trying to get an understanding of how to architect a cloud.
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Reading this book as part of a class on cloud deployment and architecture. The class is very hands on with deploying common architectures in AWS and dives into a lot of specifics, so this book is a good complement for a higher level view.
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Excellent book. A great place to start if you are contemplating how to architect a cloud solution. Which is exactly what I was looking for - guidance on design and advice on what products and vendors to consider in defining a cloud solution.

Obviously not a step-by-step, how to book. With the many methods and technologies that make up Cloud Computing, how could it be. But in this very current book, John Rhoton covers the basics of what you need to know.
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By S. Bahal on February 25, 2013
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Bought the book - as it claimed updated for 2013. There is no mention in the preface etc what is actually updated for 2013 - maybe some Azure etc portions are.

But overall content is very poor - there is no 'Architecture' in the book - only description etc of multiple cloud platforms - not of much use. I don't know who can be target audience for this book - likely none.
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