- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (November 25, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935182528
- ISBN-13: 978-1935182528
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
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The Cloud at Your Service: The When, How, and Why of Enterprise Cloud Computing 1st Edition
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About the Author
Jothy Rosenberg is a professor-turned-entrepreneur who has founded six companies. He has written two previous technical books and holds several patents. Jothy has a PhD in Computer Science from Duke University.
Arthur Mateos left his career as an experimental nuclear physicist to become a technology entrepreneur. He was an early pioneer of the CDN space and has a patent awarded on Content Distribution technology. Arthur holds an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from MIT.
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The authors are correct that this need exists, and after reading what they have to offer here, this space will continue to need additional contributions for quite some time. As a consultant leading a virtualization project this past year, a prior reading of this text would have helped prepare me for some of the discussions that ensued with client personnel. While technical texts such as "VMWare vSphere 4" by Scott Lowe (see my review), significantly increased my confidence at a product level, the periodic conversations surrounding what can be seen as a possible next step following virtualization, use of a cloud, could have benefited from materials like the authors provide here, because quite simply there are very few product neutral, cloud focused texts.
The authors actually do provide some source code, however minimal, in this text, but it is mainly confined to what Amazon provides with its cloud API. Some code snippets from competitors such as Microsoft are also provided for contrast, even though the authors indicate throughout the text that Amazon leads the pack and predict that Amazon will continue to lead in upcoming years, mainly because Amazon got to the starting line earlier due to providing to the public what it first had utilized solely for internal solutions. The first few chapters, entitled "What is Cloud Computing?", "Understanding Cloud Computing Classifications", "The Business Case for Cloud Computing", "Security and the Private Cloud", and "Designing and Architecting for Cloud Scale", together with the concluding chapter, "The Future of the Cloud", were well done, but chapters "Achieving High Reliability at Cloud Scale", "Testing, Deployment, and Operations in the Cloud", and "Practical Considerations" feel at times rushed or out of place.
The target audience of this book is probably greater than what the authors surmise, which is to say that regardless of whether protential readers are managers or programmers, anyone interested in quickly getting up to speed with some of the core tenants of cloud computing can probably benefit from this book. As a consultant architect, I especially appreciated the persistence of the authors throughout the text of focusing on the five main principles that define cloud computing (pooled computing resources available to any subscribing users, virtualized computing resources to maximize hardware utilization, elastic scaling up or down according to need, automated creation of new virtual machines or deletion of existing ones, and resource usage billed only as used). In addition, the authors present the high-level business and architectural cases for cloud computing well.
When I read the paragraph at begining of the book saying "This book is for business managers, IT managers, IT architects, CIOs, CTOs, CEOs, IT strategy decision-makers, and all potential cloud services buyers" I started to wonder if it was worth reading at all, because as a software senior developer I'm not looking for superficial introduction only. But against my prejudice I persist reading and I was surprised to see that this book contains lots of technical and practical information not only intended to managers at all, like detailed examples of how to create and deploy hosted services into some clouds, either using actually piece of code or RESTful-like URL examples. Also, chapter 5 describes de design and details of a cloud scale.
It's very interesting to detail this type of info, since a manager, CIO, CTO or whatever non-developer staff possibly wouldn't fully understand (and also don't need to), but with that in the content it will reach a little bit deeper explanation. Regarding this not so shallow approach, the book can also explain a little bit deeper how things really
work and avoid the superficial of a well know manager-intended technical book. Perhaps, if you are a manager ou CIO you may hear lots of mumbo-jumbo at first, but this won't make you stop reading I suppose. It is not that boring and you may understand how things work from technical side, and how easy it is for some cloud vendors to stand up and running using a few commands. And more important, it will make you able to distinguish between the types of clouds.
Obviously there are geneneric and superficial code examples, and the book don't dig deeper into details, but this is not the point after all.
I think is very helpful the many types of cloud explanation on chapter 2 and why choose one or another. As the author said, they focused on "how the cloud works by looking under the hood and examining the technological underpinnings". Very clear and directly into the point.
The full detailed vendor clouds are shown, including technological infrastructure offered, cloud service details and prices.
This book lets you know what is a cloud computing model, how it works, why to choose among cloud environments and when to choose it. Also it explains in details why the cloud model is not the silver bullet for "super-cost-saving architecture" as everybody may think, explaining why cloud model may not be suitable for legacy systems, applications involving real time scenarios or even for application dealing with very confidential data.
The content deals with what the could computing is, the classification of cloud types, a small business case to help you choose among IT solutions, cloud security, designing and architecting for cloud scale, achieving high reliability at cloud scale, testing / deploying, considerations and beyond cloud.