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A Brief Guide to Cloud Computing

A Brief Guide to Cloud Computing [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Barnatt
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Barnatt brings admirable clarity to this nebulous topic. --New Scientist

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An accessible and comprehensive guide to the future of computing. Cloud Computing is the next computing revolution and will have as much impact on your life as the introduction of the PC. Using websites including Facebook, Flickr and Gmail, many people already store some information out in the Internet cloud. However, within a few years most computing applications will be accessed online with the web at the heart of everything we do. In this valuable guide, expert Christopher Barnatt explains how computing will rapidly become more reliable, less complex, and more environmentally friendly. He explores online software and hardware, and how it will alter our office work and personal lives. Individuals and companies are going to be released from the constraints of desktop computing and expensive corporate data centres. New services like augmented reality will also become available. Including coverage of Google Docs, Zoho, Microsoft Azure, Amazon EC2 and other key developments, this book is your essential guide to the cloud computing revolution.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 774 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184901406X
  • Publisher: Robinson (7 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042RU4GM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Christopher Barnatt has been a professional futurist for over 20 years. He is Associate Professor of Computing & Future Studies in Nottingham University Business School, and the author of, and their associated YouTube channels. To date he has written nine books on future studies and computing, a well as having contributed to a wide range of other print publications, websites, radio programmes and TV shows.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I bought about 10 books on Cloud Computing as I needed to `hit the ground running' for a position which covered everything to do with Cloud Computing and SaaS (or XaaS as I should say). Despite the rather dull cover this book is an excellent read and covers many issues related to Cloud Computing with excellent examples and a broad range of subjects. It's not weighty or over technical and covers many of the basic points well. I'd actually completed my Masters on delivering government services online and thought I'd replace achademic bulk with real-life examples. This book is easy to read and relevant. It covers current Cloud applications, various industry services and some related and fascinating subjects such as the green benefits of using Cloud.

Great stuff - a great book
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected and very good 15 Oct 2010
By Monteen
I am one of the people that found Christopher's vids and website via a YouTube search/connection one morning looking to try and find a little bit more out about Cloud Computing. His easy to watch introduction vids led me to buying his book and I'm glad that I did. In fact it has to be my surprise book purchase of the year in that it is easy to read but leads you into thinking about the future of 'computing' in a way that takes you gently from your (certainly mine) way of thinking and into the new landscape.

A really well written book that also seems to be aimed at IT decision makers and business owners rather than students, which means that you can really see how to use this in your own business. It's definitely not trying to tell you what to do but to think about the opportunities/threats that the next few years will throw at all of us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I will be brief.

This book explores and explains what the Cloud is, how it can be used and makes some suggestions for the future.

It achieves this without using any technical jargon. It is very easy to read and breaks the subject down into manageable parts.

I not only recommend this book but suggest it is essential reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 17 April 2012
By Lincas
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Good buy. Quick, easy to understand and concise explanation with links to further reading. Recommend for anyone like me who had no idea what iCloud is!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essentially Excellent 24 July 2011
By The Dapper Dude VINE VOICE
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Having read this book, I can only say that if you want to know about Cloud Computing, this book is where you start.

Christopher Barnatt provides a guide into the World of Cloud Computing which is clear and easy to understand.
He covers many parts that make up Cloud Computing and provide excellent and relevant examples.

While I knew a little about Cloud Computing, Christopher's book has provided a much deeper insight into this subject. The index at the back of the book is a handy guide if you want to look at some of the applications which are available, some we may know already but others are there to be explored.

This is one of the best IT books I've read in quite a while and it's well worth having in your library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but something missing here... 14 Dec 2011
By Huub
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I agree with most (if not all) other reviews on this book. A good read. Engaging and informative.
On reflection though, despite all Christopher Barnatt's foresight there's one thing missing: the opportunity for criminals to clean out the unsuspecting cloud user. The book only has fleeting references to possible abuse. It would have been even better had there been an equal amount of effort put into imagining how criminals might defraud individuals, businesses and governments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for Understanding Cloud Computing 25 July 2011
By Amit
This book has helped me immensely in understanding the concept of Cloud Computing and also the issues faced in its adoption and what could be the answers be to those issues. I did ready a lot of online material, but this book got it all together, explained it in easy language and has tightly integrated the concept, technology, uses and challenges in just over 200 pages.

It is definitely one of the best technology books, I have read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 4 May 2011
By HansVdb
Quite informative introduction to the cloud subject. But the book does not go beyond just that: introduction.

It is also obvious that the author is a futurist. He sometimes takes us readers with him in what-could-be guesses of the future. You may agree or you won't but the author draws upon recent IT history to find analogies to prove his point.

In several parts of the book the author explicitly addresses non-IT managers. In fact, in my opinion this is the book's ideal readership.
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Published 1 month ago by Alexander Wylie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
this is a nice book to read well lead out in colour and just what you need to understand your read.
Published 5 months ago by PETER ANGELO SIMMONS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction
After looking around for a good background text on cloud computing to set me up for my research into cloud computing adoption, I found this book extremely informative. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mukihs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is a great introduction for anyone new to cloud computing. Now I know a modest amount about it already but this book covers all the basics and is really great at giving the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by eck4355
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it
Would really recommend it, i'm going to through like reading a story book. 4 star, only because it could have released a new edition.
Published 18 months ago by R. Rai
2.0 out of 5 stars not very helful
if you are looking for technical data, that's not your book.

if your aim is to have an idea of cloud computing with no technical details, and your knowledge about cloud... Read more
Published 19 months ago by E. M. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Get your head in the cloud.
People have been using the term cloud around me and I thought its just about online much fuss about Dropbox! Nah! This book takes you on a tour. Read more
Published 20 months ago by tominiyi2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Intro to Cloud Computing
This book offers an excellent introduction to the structure and language of the services available within the Cloud environment. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by J. Horsfield
2.0 out of 5 stars Everybody's talking about it, nobody knows what it is ...
I run a software development business and I get lots of enquiries from people asking about putting things in the cloud. Invariably these enquiries are based on misconceptions. Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by jht_1969
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