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Cloud Computing Explained: Implementation Handbook for Enterprises 2nd ed. Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Recursive Press; 2nd ed. edition (November 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956355609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956355607
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book provides systematic treatment of all aspects of a Cloud Computing implementation starting from a definition of what it actually means and assessment of whether it is suitable for a given company to the strategy alignment, implementation and operation of a working solution.

It covers some of the main concerns around cloud computing including risk assessments, governance models, compliance concerns, interoperability with existing and heterogeneous environments. While these are legitimate issues there are ways to address them which are explored extensively in the book.

It provides a very wide treatment of cloud computing that covers Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service as the many integration and management components that are necessary to make these work together to fulfill business requirements.

It is not focused on any particular vendor or service offering. While there is considerable treatment of Amazon, Google and Microsoft the text references several dozen other players and demonstrates how the whole ecosystem works together to solve the main objectives of cost reduction, business flexibility and strategic focus.

What I liked most was that as an IT manager the book leads you through your whole cloud computing project. It provides methods and background information on how to tackle each project step best. It is a perfectly comprehensive implementation guide covering everything you need to be aware of.
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John Rhoton's book "Cloud Computing Explained" is the best cloud computing book I've been able to find. Written in an easy-to-read format, which I like, it adopts Rhoton's proven approach at implementing emerging technologies in Fortune 500 corporations. The book is divided into ten logical sections that provide a thorough picture of cloud computing:

1. Define: explores the meaning of the term and its context; consider the different manifestations of private, public and partner clouds delivered as Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service

2. Assess: provides a sober means to evaluate when and where it is applicable, considering financial, strategic and risk implications

3. Design: establish a high-level approach and methodology for evaluating, planning and implementing cloud computing

4. Select: how to select the optimal suite of applications and services to solve a business problem, how to target the best user groups and identify the best offerings to meet the business needs

5. Integrate: what it takes to put together all the different components and connect them with the legacy infrastructure; considers end-to-end design, connectivity, resilience and security.

6. Implement: how to make the design actually work, including technical migration and organisational changes

7. Operate: considers the day-to-day service management, administration, monitoring and support implications of cloud solutions

8. Control: tackles the core problems of compliance, risk and governance as they manifest themselves in cloud computing

9. Adapt: how to continuously refine a cloud-based solution in order to optimize it in a dynamic environment

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Pro's:

This book does a good job of breaking the cloud-computing problem into a manageable set of topics. CIOs or other enterprise-level strategic planners will find it a useful outline for guiding their work.

Rhoton is a professional management consultant and trainer, which has given him a good sense for presenting material in an orderly fashion.

Con's:

Rhoton is a professional management consultant and trainer, so the book's hidden agenda is to convince the reader to engage Rhoton's services. (That's simply a fact of life for books written by professional consultants -- they make their money by selling services, not by selling books.) Consequently, the book isn't really very deep. Yes, there are lots of buzzwords and acronyms thrown around, but not enough real information to build a workable cloud-computing strategy. Mostly just enough to convince you that Rhoton knows what he's talking about.

Much of the book consists of information that Rhoton culled from publicly-available sources (mostly the Web and Wikipedia). Rhoton is very up-front about this, but it still makes the book feel artifically padded. Indeed, the final 130 pages are nothing but product descriptions taken from vendor websites and presented without commentary.

Rhoton claims that the book benefits from being a print-on-demand, self-published title. He says this allows him to keep the book up to date. And yet he makes serious errors when he presents technical details of vendors' offerings. -- mostly due to out-of-date information. For example, even though the current revision of the book was publsihed in 2010, Rhoton's description of Microsoft SQL Azure is based on an early, pre-release version of the product that had totally different characteristics.
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This books provides the most comprehensive picture of Cloud Computing that you will find in print today. The author covers all you need to know about Cloud Computing in ten very logically sequenced parts: Define, Assess, Design, Select, Integrate, Implement, Operate, Control, Adapt, Evolve.

Within these 10 parts, the author makes very practical and detailed explanations of areas related to Cloud Computing not typically found in other books, like management layers, ecosystem, infrastructure stack, platform as a service, how to assess benefits and challenges (strategic, risk and financial impacts), security architecture and design, employee changes, monitoring, governance and compliance, and even a list a Cloud Vendors.

With this book the author presents a document that is extremely practical and useful for consultants, architects, technologists, CIOs, CTO's, technology managers, and strategists who are actually involved with the planning and implementation of information technology - or for those who are just interested in Cloud Computing.

You would expect no less from someone who is known to have been one of the technology thought leaders at Hewlett-Packard for so many years - especially if you have read any of his other books. He has brought his considerable experience on Cloud Computing to bear here - and it shows when you see that what you learn from this book can put to immediate use.
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