Cloud Computing Explained: Implementation Handbook for Enterprises

Cloud Computing Explained: Implementation Handbook for Enterprises
John Rhoton
02 Nov 2009
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Cloud Computing Explained provides an overview of Cloud Computing in an enterprise environment. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm around cloud-based solutions and services as well as the cost-savings and flexibility that they can provide. It is imperative that all senior technologists have a solid understanding of the ramifications of cloud computing since its impact is likely to permeate the entire IT landscape.

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K. McCorry said
John Rhoton's book on cloud computing is an excellent read for someone looking to understand the implications of moving away from traditional computing models to cloud-based models. This book focuses on the big picture, suitable for CTOs, CIOs, Solution Architects or indeed anyone wishing to understand the rationale and basis for cloud computing model.

If you are a decision-maker and cloud computing is on your radar screen this book is indispensable. If you just want to know a little more about cloud computing, then this is an excellent resource as well.

Overall, this is a great read putting cloud computing into meaningful, business-like context, both for those who know very little abut cloud computingand for those who think they know a lot.

Edward Corno said
Cloud Computing Explained is one of the most compelling, yet easy to read implementation handbooks for enterprise-wide cloud solutioning. John Rhoton does more than just explain Cloud Computing, which is difficult to begin with, he goes beyond the hype and creates a "process" for implementing Cloud Computing. Starting with defining what "Cloud" really means to ending with the future evolution of Cloud Computing as well as upcoming Cloud Computing trends. Throughout the book, John Rhoton guides the reader through complex subject matter, simplifying multifaceted topics while giving enough information and detail to successfully begin the arduous task of implementing a "Cloud Computing Solution". As John Rhoton points out, his first and overriding objective is to provide a comprehensive, big picture of Cloud Computing. While on the surface, this may appear to be an easy task, but in reality is very difficult considering the varied definitions of Cloud Computing circulating throughout business. John Rhoton's secondary objective is to outline a "framework" for enterprises as organizations deal with the often confusing and many-sided realities of Cloud Computing. More than any book on Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing Explained goes beyond the hype and gets to the "core" of Cloud Computing, while describing the enormous benefits of implementing Cloud Computing for small and large organizations. Not to mention, when higher-ups asks about the "hottest technology trend" called Cloud Computing, you will have intelligent answers, which will no doubt benefit your career. Definitely a "must read" for those interested in Cloud Computing and anyone tasked with implementing Cloud Computing in their organizations.

M. Klaus said
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

10. Evolve: technological changes on the horizon for cloud computing and their potential effect on cloud services

The unique systematic book structure is very useful for all IT professionals architects and executives since it serves as a roadmap for embarking on a course in any new technology and is enriched with solid cloud-based guidance for every step of the way.

Dominik Schatzmayr said
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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