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Cloud Computing Bible 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

A thorough, down-to-earth look at cloud computing

The chance to lower IT costs makes cloud computing a hot topic, and it's getting hotter all the time. If you want a terra firma take on everything you should know about the cloud, this book is it. Starting with a clear definition of what cloud computing is, why it is, and its pros and cons, Cloud Computing Bible is a wide-ranging and complete reference. You'll get thoroughly up to speed on cloud platforms, infrastructure, services and applications, security, and much more.

  • Learn what cloud computing is and what it is not

  • Assess the value of cloud computing, including licensing models, ROI, and more

  • Understand abstraction, partitioning, virtualization, capacity planning, and various programming solutions

  • See how to use Google®, Amazon®, and Microsoft® Web services effectively

  • Explore cloud communication methods — IM, Twitter®, Google Buzz, Facebook®, and others

  • Discover how cloud services are changing mobile phones — and vice versa

Explore the cloud with this complete guide

Understand all platforms and technologies

Use Google, Amazon, or Microsoft Web services

About the Author

Barrie Sosinsky is a veteran computer book writer specializing in network systems, databases, design, development, and testing. Among his 35 technical books have been Wiley's Networking Bible and many others on operating systems, Web topics, storage, and application software. He has written nearly 500 articles for computer magazines and Web sites.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470903562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470903568
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Robertson VINE VOICE on February 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
As technology advances, new buzzwords appear in the lexicon. Lately, we've been hearing more and more about "cloud computing." If you use Google Docs, Evernote, Dropbox, or web-based email, you're using cloud computing. According to Wiktionary.org, cloud computing is, "Computing in which services and storage are provided over the Internet (or `cloud')." Pretty simple, right? Maybe for us, as the user, but there are a lot of details that need to be worked out to create a cloud service.

This is where Cloud Computing Bible by Barrie Sosinsky comes in. If you're looking for a book that explains how to use some of the cloud services mentioned above, stop here. This is not a how-to book on specific applications or services. If, however, you're looking to create a cloud-based service, whether for public consumption or your own private company, then continue reading.

Cloud Computing Bible is divided into five parts: Examining the Value Proposition, Using Platforms, Exploring Cloud Infrastructures, Understanding Services and Applications, and Using the Mobile Cloud. Sosinsky goes into great detail explaining what cloud computing is and why it may or may not benefit a particular business. He discusses the architecture of building a cloud, how to address security, storage issues, and managing the cloud. In addition to these, and other topics, Cloud Computing Bible contains loads of diagrams, tables, screenshots, and web links to further explain points or to look up more information.

The only real issue I have with this book is the reading level listed on the back cover. I consider myself relatively technology savvy with reasonable intelligence, and much of the book was far beyond me. Classifying the reading level as Beginning to Advanced is a bit of a stretch.
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I used this text for the first iteration of the Cloud Computing class I teach. It was the least popular of the three texts I used during the course. We won't be using it again. Students' basic complaint is that the book throws out a lot of vocabulary, but that the book wasn't good at explaining everything. So, if you need a text that mentions all of the acronyms in use in the field through last year, this is probably an okay choice (although Wikipedia may be better). If you want to understand the subject and/or use cloud computing services, this is probably the wrong book.

In the edition we used, students also complained about numerous typos and related problems.
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Good reading for a novice. Not recommended for someone that already has a good understanding of cloud computing. Even though it could be read partially, it seems to me that in order to understand all the material the first chapters are mandatory.
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Excellent reference book, I used the material in the book as the basis for several teaching demos. It explains many aspects of what Cloud Computing is all about in simple language that anyone could understand.
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I'm new to cloud computing and have a lot to learn, as I want to work in this field. I've started this book and it looks quite thorough and readable for someone like me - technically inclined but unfamiliar with the field. However, the Kindle edition has a few glitches that really annoy me. One is that the table of contents isn't indented or structured at all. It's just one long list of links, unlike the beautiful TOC in the print book. Which entries are major headings for a significant topic, and which are three levels down as a subtopic? No way to know! (Note that this is on my Mac reader; it may be different on the Kindle itself, which I haven't checked yet.)

More egregious, however, is that all the cross-references in the book, specifically titled as "cross-ref," are not live. The beauty of a Kindle edition should be that you can click on these types of cross-references and go directly to the topic. I have found few Kindle books that really take the time to reformat the book to truly take advantage of the medium. It's frustrating.

Finally, the index isn't even included! Even if the page numbers weren't live links (which they should be), having access to the index would be very helpful when looking for information on a specific topic. Just doing a search can return loads of results, but without any idea which ones are related to a particular topic and which ones aren't. Plus, paging through an index can give me a good idea of what I might want to learn about next, instead of just reading sequentially. It is very disappointing not to have this even included in the Kindle edition. I feel like I have to buy the print book to accompany the Kindle edition, to make it a more useful learning tool.
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I found this to be a very useful reference book on all aspects of cloud computing. I found the technical explanations and examples both interesting and helpful. Many of the books on the topic are quite superficial but this was up to date, appropriately detailed, accurate, and quite readable. If you are looking for a substantive resource book on the cloud I would highly recommend this one. Even if you are quite knowledgeable on the topic I believe that you will find additional useful information in this book.
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