Most of the information available on cloud computing is either highly technical, with details that are irrelevant to nontechnologists, 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 start-ups, 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.
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I would say that along with the companion PDF this is not an audio book at all. This is a COURSE. This is a professional development program that should be required reading material. The concepts are universal and vendor agnostic but give you INCREDIBLE insights.
I would say that the INaaS use case - Chapter 8 - Information as a Service - chapter was the most powerful for me. "Data do not possess any context to your particular situation or need. Information is contextual data, and knowledge is information with expertise or experience in it's usability."
Clarity in broadcasting of the phrases. Pleasant tone that is engaging but not forceful. Diction that is superior to say a work of fiction where it can be more performance based.
The definitions and terms.
This is a MUST buy, and in fact I am about to listen again and take clearer notes.
- Matthew PlattenFaust Stroul
VERY VERY BASIC even though from MIT