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Middleware and Cloud Computing: Oracle on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Rackspace Cloud and RightScale (Volume 1) Paperback – April 28, 2012
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"This cloud book is worth looking first... My curiosity has led me to explore chapters that I wouldn't feel concerned about, simply because the book naturally invites you to read it." --Willy Tarreau, Developer of HAProxy
"... this is definitely an excellent book to start with." --E. Fuentes, Switzerland
"... it is certainly a more objective book than the others I've read, explaining Amazon, Rackspace and RightScale together with plenty of third-party tools..." --A. Diaz
... this book is great way to jump right onto the cloud. --Sung Woo Cho (Seoul, South Korea)
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As you might expect from Oracle's Technologist of the year there is a consistent focus on Oracle's rich middleware technology stack, but does not lose sight of other key technologies such as Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, and of course database technologies.
This volume is far from being an extended Oracle sales white paper. The majority of the writing covers what cloud is today.
* It compares Rackspace to Amazon cloud offerings
* The importance of SOA and how it is implemented in real terms without sales gibberish
* An extensive coverage of middleware provisioning, domains, filesystems, deployment suggestions, availability and backup and recovery.
This is an architectural document. Don't expect step by step how-to tutorials. I found it refreshing to see a relatively unbiased presentation coving Amazon's, Racksapace's, and Oracle's technologies all in one volume. Important architectural topics such as capacity planning, system scaling, pricing, and load balancing and more are covered in adequate depth.
It is a book in my toolbox I know I'll pull out just to see what Frank said on the topic
Frank Munz's Middleware and Cloud Computing: Oracle on Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud book is a good reminder of one key fact about text books in context of an internet society, they can save you a lot of research and time on the internet looking for the nitty-gritty details.
The book is clearly aimed at system administrators & architects who are looking for details about moving Oracle Fusion Middleware (FMW) products to the cloud. A healthy dose of system admin knowledge is required of readers, with discussions on operating system (particularly Linux), us of command lines, and a knowledge of networking concepts would greatly assist too. FMW knowledge isn't assumed, with an introductory chapter included, but knowledge in Oracle's WebLogic Server (WLS) would be highly beneficial to readers, and a familiarity of Java EE technologies too.
Munz's book is broken into logical halves. The first is a general introduction into "as a Service" cloud computing concepts. For readers who have heard the terminology but haven't kept up with all the in's and out's of what a cloud service is, this provides an opportunity to learn the lingo and also learn how to critique the cloud offerings, which is (let's just say) over hyped by IT marketing.
The first part of the book also takes care to look in depth at Amazon Web Services (AWS), including images, instances, storage and even pricing. In this area the book departs from a typical theoretical text encouraging readers to create their own AWS accounts and gives details on how to configure and run your own instance. The text however doesn't just focus on AWS, and also looks at Rackspace's equivalent cloud services.
The second half is where Munz's book shines. Moving on from cloud basics, readers are led through considerations on designing and architecture within the cloud, management, availability and scalability, all in context of FMW and specifically of WLS and its supported JEE technologies. In each area the reader is brought back to specific considerations and limitations of Amazon's & Rackspace's platforms. On completing the book it becomes obvious this is a well thought out inclusion, as like enterprise home-baked operating systems and network infrastructure, cloud vendors' platform are not born equal or include every feature required. The implication being certain FMW features and designs simply won't work on specific cloud platforms.
The book isn't without fault. Munz does take a narrative approach that may not be everybody's cup of tea. In turn there's a section that takes an unfortunate cop out on not tackling Oracle's (let's just say) less than favourable licensing. Yet overall the outcome for FMW professionals, in particular administrators and architects, is a positive one, and a recommended read. In turn it's the careful research into actually testing what FMW features will really work on each cloud vendor's platform, all collated into 1 book rather than sprayed across the internet, which will save readers significant time: prewarned is prearmed.
As usual the books of Frank Munz are very well structured, didactic and easy to read.
I recommend this book for any Middleware Architect or administrator wishing to rock towards the Cloud offers.
Thank you for all your work !!!!
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