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Cloud Computing (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)
Most of the information available on cloud computing is either highly technical, with details that are irrelevant to non-technologists, or pure marketing hype, in which the cloud is simply a selling point. This book, however, explains the cloud from the user's viewpoint -- the business user's in particular. Nayan Ruparelia explains what the cloud is, when to use it (and when not to), how to select a cloud service, how to integrate it with other technologies, and what the best practices are for using cloud computing. Cutting through the hype, Ruparelia cites the simple and basic definition of cloud computing from the National Institute of Science and Technology: a model enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources. Thus with cloud computing, businesses can harness information technology resources usually available only to large enterprises. And this, Ruparelia demonstrates, represents a paradigm shift for business. It will ease funding for startups, alter business plans, and allow big businesses greater agility. Ruparelia discusses the key issues for any organization considering cloud computing: service level agreements, business service delivery and consumption, finance, legal jurisdiction, security, and social responsibility. He introduces novel concepts made possible by cloud computing: cloud cells, or specialist clouds for specific uses; the personal cloud; the cloud of things; and cloud service exchanges. He examines use case patterns in terms of infrastructure and platform, software information, and business process; and he explains how to transition to a cloud service. Current and future users will find this book an indispensable guide to the cloud.
Published by: The MIT Press | Publication date: 05/06/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 280 pages

Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture (The Prentice Hall Service Technology Series from Thomas Erl)
Clouds are distributed technology platforms that leverage sophisticated technology innovations to provide highly scalable and resilient environments that can be remotely utilized by organizations in a multitude of powerful ways. To successfully build upon, integrate with, or even create a cloud environment requires an understanding of its common inner mechanics, architectural layers, and models, as well as an understanding of the business and economic factors that result from the adoption and real-world use of cloud-based services. In Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture, Thomas Erl, one of the world’s top-selling IT authors, teams up with cloud computing experts and researchers to break down proven and mature cloud computing technologies and practices into a series of well-defined concepts, models, technology mechanisms, and technology architectures, all from an industry-centric and vendor-neutral point of view. In doing so, the book establishes concrete, academic coverage with a focus on structure, clarity, and well-defined building blocks for mainstream cloud computing platforms and solutions. Subsequent to technology-centric coverage, the book proceeds to establish business-centric models and metrics that allow for the financial assessment of cloud-based IT resources and their comparison to those hosted on traditional IT enterprise premises. Also provided are templates and formulas for calculating SLA-related quality-of-service values and numerous explorations of the SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS delivery models. With more than 260 figures, 29 architectural models, and 20 mechanisms, this indispensable guide provides a comprehensive education of cloud computing essentials that will never leave your side.
Published by: Prentice Hall | Publication date: 05/02/2013
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 533 pages

Cloud Computing For Dummies
The easy way to understand and implement cloud computing technology written by a team of experts Cloud computing can be difficult to understand at first, but the cost-saving possibilities are great and many companies are getting on board. If you've been put in charge of implementing cloud computing, this straightforward, plain-English guide clears up the confusion and helps you get your plan in place. You'll learn how cloud computing enables you to run a more green IT infrastructure, and access technology-enabled services from the Internet ("in the cloud") without having to understand, manage, or invest in the technology infrastructure that supports them. You'll also find out what you need to consider when implementing a plan, how to handle security issues, and more.
  • Cloud computing is a way for businesses to take advantage of storage and virtual services through the Internet, saving money on infrastructure and support
  • This book provides a clear definition of cloud computing from the utility computing standpoint and also addresses security concerns
  • Offers practical guidance on delivering and managing cloud computing services effectively and efficiently
  • Presents a proactive and pragmatic approach to implementing cloud computing in any organization
  • Helps IT managers and staff understand the benefits and challenges of cloud computing, how to select a service, and what's involved in getting it up and running
  • Highly experienced author team consults and gives presentations on emerging technologies
Cloud Computing For Dummies gets straight to the point, providing the practical information you need to know.
Published by: For Dummies | Publication date: 01/29/2010
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 338 pages

Cloud Computing: Theory and Practice
Cloud Computing: Theory and Practice, Second Edition, provides students and IT professionals with an in-depth analysis of the cloud from the ground up. After an introduction to network-centric computing and network-centric content in Chapter One, the book is organized into four sections. Section One reviews basic concepts of concurrency and parallel and distributed systems. Section Two presents such critical components of the cloud ecosystem as cloud service providers, cloud access, cloud data storage, and cloud hardware and software. Section Three covers cloud applications and cloud security, while Section Four presents research topics in cloud computing. Specific topics covered include resource virtualization, resource management and scheduling, and advanced topics like the impact of scale on efficiency, cloud scheduling subject to deadlines, alternative cloud architectures, and vehicular clouds. An included glossary covers terms grouped in several categories, from general to services, virtualization, desirable attributes and security.
  • Includes new chapters on concurrency, cloud hardware and software, challenges posed by big data and mobile applications and advanced topics
  • Provides a new appendix that presents several cloud computing projects
  • Presents more than 400 references in the text, including recent research results in several areas related to cloud computing
Published by: Morgan Kaufmann | Publication date: 11/20/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 590 pages

Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Models (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) (Wiley CIO)
An expert guide to selecting the right cloud service model for your business Cloud computing is all the rage, allowing for the delivery of computing and storage capacity to a diverse community of end-recipients. However, before you can decide on a cloud model, you need to determine what the ideal cloud service model is for your business. Helping you cut through all the haze, Architecting the Cloud is vendor neutral and guides you in making one of the most critical technology decisions that you will face: selecting the right cloud service model(s) based on a combination of both business and technology requirements.
  • Guides corporations through key cloud design considerations
  • Discusses the pros and cons of each cloud service model
  • Highlights major design considerations in areas such as security, data privacy, logging, data storage, SLA monitoring, and more
  • Clearly defines the services cloud providers offer for each service model and the cloud services IT must provide
Arming you with the information you need to choose the right cloud service provider, Architecting the Cloud is a comprehensive guide covering everything you need to be aware of in selecting the right cloud service model for you.
Published by: Wiley | Publication date: 01/28/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 229 pages

Cloud Computing for Complete Beginners: Building and Scaling High-Performance Web Servers on the Amazon Cloud
Cloud Computing for Complete Beginners makes it extremely easy to get into the business of setting up and managing your own Cloud servers. The book provides detailed instructions and numerous screenshots and command line examples, making it easy for readers to follow along and build and configure their servers without having to do any guesswork.This book is meant as a quick crash course to get you going as soon as possible. It helps you avoid running in circles and spending hours reading forums and online articles to find out what you need to do next. Everything important is already in here!
Published by: | Publication date: 03/02/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 97 pages

Explain the Cloud Like I'm 10
What is the cloud? How does the cloud work? What does it mean when something is 'in the cloud'? And why is it called ‘the cloud’ anyway? xWhen you hear about the cloud, do you get a little anxious because you don’t know what the cloud is? Do you feel like technology is passing you by? Do you feel like the future is leaving you behind and you’ll never catch up?Have you ever wondered what Amazon Web Services (AWS) is? Have you wondered how Netflix, Facebook Messenger, Amazon Kindle, Apple iCloud, Google Maps, or the Nest Thermostat work?We hear about the cloud all the time these days. And I mean all the time. Every day there’s a new cloud-based dating app; a new cloud-based gizmo for your house; a new cloud-based game; or a thousand other new things—all in the cloud.The cloud is everywhere! Everything is in the cloud! What does it mean! Let’s slow down. Take a deep breath. That’s good. Take another. Excellent. This book teaches you all about the cloud. I’ll let you in on a little secret: the cloud is not that hard to understand. It’s not. It’s just that nobody has taken the time to explain to you what the cloud is. They haven’t, have they?Deep down I think this is because they don’t understand the cloud either, but I do. I’ve been a programmer and writer for over 30 years. I’ve been in cloud computing since the very start, and I’m here to help you on your journey to understand the cloud. Consider me your tour guide. I’ll be with you every step of the way, but not in a creepy way.I take my time with this book. I go slow and easy, so you can build up an intuition about what the cloud really is, one idea at a time. When you finish reading, you’ll understand the cloud. When you hear someone say some new cool thing is in the cloud, you’ll understand exactly what they mean. That’s a promise. How do I deliver on that promise? I use lots and lots of pictures. I use lots and lots of examples. We’ll reveal the secret inner-workings of AWS, Netflix, Facebook Messenger, Amazon Kindle, Apple iCloud, Google Maps, Nest and cloud DVRs. You’ll learn by seeing and understanding; no matter if you're a complete beginner, someone who knows a little and wants to learn more, or someone looking to change their career to the cloud.Here are the kind of things you’ll learn. Did you know that: 
• The term cloud comes from the symbol used to represent a network?
• Almost every new service these days is built in the cloud?
• Modern datacenters can cost several billion dollars to build and contains hundreds of thousands of computers.
• Netflix plays more than 1 billion hours of video each week, runs on several hundred thousand EC2 instances in Amazon’s cloud and can use as many as 300,000 CPUs at one time to encode video?
• Apple and Google take very different approaches to building cloud services?
• Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook are fighting an ecosystem war for your business?
• The future of cloud services is predicting what you want before you even before you know you want it?If you don’t know what network means, or what a datacenter is, or what a CDN is, or what caching is, or what cloud means, or what the internet is, or what a service is, or what EC2 is, or what an ecosystem is, or what prediction means—don’t worry, we’ll cover all that and much more.The cloud is the future. You don't want to miss out on the future, do you? Read this book, and we'll discover it together.Sound fun? I’m excited. Let’s get started!
Author: Todd Hoff
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 290 pages

Cloud Computing: An Introduction
This overview of cloud computing in a “self-teaching” format, contains state-of-the art chapters with tips and insights about cloud computing, its architecture, applications, information on securityand privacy, and numerous case studies. It includes questions for discussion and “Cloud Computing Lab Experiments”to help in mastering its complex services and technologies. Recent research shows that cloud computing willbe worth billions of dollars in new investments. Organizations are flocking to the cloud services to benefit from the elasticity, self-services, resource abundance, ubiquity, responsiveness, and cost efficiencies that it offers. Many government and private universities have already migrated to the cloud. The next wave in computing technology, expected to usher in a new era, will be based on cloud computing. Features•Explores the basic advancements in the field of cloud computing •Offers a practical, “self-teaching” approach with numerous case studies and lab experiments on installation, evaluation, security, and more•Includes material on ESXi, MS AZURE, Eucalyptus, and more. Brief Table of Contents1: Introduction to Cloud Computing. 2: Cloud Computing Architectures . 3: Virtualization Technology of Clouds. 4: Advanced Cloud Applications. 5: Enterprise Cloud Computing. 6: Case Studies. Cloud Computing “Lab” Experiments. Glossary. Questions for Discussion. References. Index.About the AuthorRajiv Chopra, PhD is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering and has written several texts and journal articles.
Author: R. Chopra
Published by: Mercury Learning and Information | Publication date: 03/28/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 200 pages

Engineering Software as a Service: An Agile Approach Using Cloud Computing + $10 AWS Credit
A one-semester college course in software engineering focusing on cloud computing, software as a service (SaaS), and Agile development using Extreme Programming (XP). This book is neither a step-by-step tutorial nor a reference book. Instead, our goal is to bring a diverse set of software engineering topics together into a single narrative, help readers understand the most important ideas through concrete examples and a learn-by-doing approach, and teach readers enough about each topic to get them started in the field. Courseware for doing the work in the book is available as a virtual machine image that can be downloaded or deployed in the cloud. A free MOOC (massively open online course) at follows the book's content and adds programming assignments and quizzes. See for details.
Published by: Strawberry Canyon LLC | Publication date: 01/03/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 500 pages

The Enterprise Cloud: Best Practices for Transforming Legacy IT
Despite the buzz surrounding the cloud computing, only a small percentage of organizations have actually deployed this new style of IT—so far. If you're planning your long-term cloud strategy, this practical book provides insider knowledge and actionable real-world lessons regarding planning, design, operations, security, and application transformation. This book teaches business and technology managers how to transition their organization's traditional IT to cloud computing. Rather than yet another book trying to sell or convince readers on the benefits of clouds, this book provides guidance, lessons learned, and best practices on how to design, deploy, operate, and secure an enterprise cloud based on real-world experience.Author James Bond provides useful guidance and best-practice checklists based on his field experience with real customers and cloud providers. You'll view cloud services from the perspective of a consumer and as an owner/operator of an enterprise private or hybrid cloud, and learn valuable lessons from successful and less-than-successful organization use-case scenarios. This is the information every CIO needs in order to make the business and technical decisions to finally execute on their journey to cloud computing.
  • Get updated trends and definitions in cloud computing, deployment models, and for building or buying cloud services
  • Discover challenges in cloud operations and management not foreseen by early adopters
  • Use real-world lessons to plan and build an enterprise private or hybrid cloud
  • Learn how to assess, port, and migrate legacy applications to the cloud
  • Identify security threats and vulnerabilities unique to the cloud
  • Employ a cloud management system for your enterprise (private or multi-provider hybrid) cloud ecosystem
  • Understand the challenges for becoming an IT service broker leveraging the power of the cloud
Author: James Bond
Published by: O'Reilly Media | Publication date: 05/19/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 397 pages
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