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Cloud Computing Architected: Solution Design Handbook

Cloud Computing Architected: Solution Design Handbook [Kindle Edition]

John Rhoton , Risto Haukioja

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Cloud Computing Architected describes the essential components of a cloud-based application and presents the architectural options that are available to create large-scale, distributed applications spanning administrative domains. The requirements of cloud computing have far-reaching implications for software engineering. Applications must be built to provide flexible and elastic services, and designed to consume functionality delivered remotely across of spectrum of reliable, and unreliable, sources. Architects need to consider the impact of scalability and multi-tenancy in terms of:

»New development tools
»Internet-based delivery and mobile devices
»Identity federation
»Fragmented services and providers
»Exploding information volume
»Availability and elasticity techniques
»New business models and monetization strategies
»Revised software development cycle
»Increased operational automation

This book looks at these and other areas where the advent of cloud computing has the opportunity to influence the architecture of software applications.

About the Author

John Rhoton is a strategy consultant who advises global enterprise customers on emerging technologies with a current focus on public, private and hybrid cloud computing. He speaks regularly on technology and strategy and is the author of five books including Cloud Computing Explained, currently ranked among the most popular books on the topic. His tenure in the IT industry spans over twenty-five years at HP, EDS, Compaq and Digital where he has held leading roles in defining and implementing business and technology strategy both internally and for many of the largest clients. John has been responsible for driving the adoption of several emerging technologies including cloud computing, mobility, next-generation-networking and virtualization. Over his career, he has covered a range of activities from software engineering and enterprise architecture to business development and global infrastructure deployment. After living in a dozen countries, including long-term assignments to the United States, France, Italy, Ireland, Hong Kong and Malaysia, he has settled with his family near Vienna, Austria. In addition to English, John is fluent in German, Spanish, French and Italian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2834 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956355617
  • Publisher: Recursive Press (28 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UB811A
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading for architects 18 Sep 2011
By A. Bhatnagar - Published on
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I am a novice in Cloud Computing and I thought I have a decent understanding of cloud computing. After reading this book, I found how much more is there in cloud computing space. I am still reading and I have liked it so far. The author talks at architectural level (as the title says) and is good for anyone new to this area. I like that this book is clarifying my concepts and telling what all is available to explore. If you are looking for details on how to implement solutions using AWS, Azure, App Engine then this book is not for you.
I got this book quite late (10-15 days) with no shipping information published on Amazon. I wish the seller can expedite the delivery of books.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but index is close to useless 12 Mar 2012
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I'm a relatively tech-y person trying to get a handle on cloud computing. I have found this book very easy to read, clearly organized, and very practical. My main gripe with it is the index. I rely heavily on a book's index, both to find something I read before and to get an overview of the various topics a book covers. The index for this book is only three pages, and is very superficial. It often lists many pages for a topic without breaking them out into subtopics. I get more use out of the table of contents than I do from the index; because the book is well organized, I can generally find what I'm looking for. But not always. For example, in my reading I came across the term shared-nothing. I understood the discussion, but later on I realized I had forgotten what it meant. Sadly, the term shared-nothing was not in the index. Since I knew the realm in which the term applied, I was able to look up a few topics in the TOC, one of which led me to the term. Any time a term is introduced in quotes, as this one was, it's clearly relevant to the discussion, and should be find-able again. I am pondering returning this version and getting the kindle one. At least then, I could search for any term I wanted to. My advice to readers: keep your post-it notes handy as you read this book. My advice to the publisher: hire a professional indexer for the next edition.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb examples, lucid writing style 16 April 2011
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While Cloud Computing Explained focused on the what's and why's, Cloud Computing Architected focuses on the nuts and bolts of the how. I really enjoyed Cloud Computing Explained and was not disappointed in this follow-on volume. Cloud Computing Architected is a superbly researched and clearly written volume that succinctly examines each of the major open source and commercial products available to technical architects.

This tome is suitable both for advanced technologists and senior technology leadership, as it really provides a one-stop source for each of the major technologies available today, which is in itself a breathtaking achievement. The authors did a superb job of breaking each of the major areas into a well-organized outline with in-depth coverage of each significant project and product.

Some of my favorite sections include Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine, Windows Azure, Rackspace, Engine Yard, Facebook, Intuit, and Salesforce's Other critical areas of coverage include an entire chapter on Authentication, covering such critical infrastructure as OAuth and OpenID, and other chapters on data structuring techniques such as sharding.

Two chapters are devoted to reliability and elasticity, as befits their importance in cloud architecture, and significant coverage is devoted to the CAP theorem as well. An excellent appendix explaining development of a case study cloud aookucatuib and an index round out the book.

All in all, a remarkably complete exploration with detailed implementation notes of the most critical cloud components and an excellent and enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars De-mystifying the Hype 23 May 2011
By David R - Published on
John and Risto have gone the distance to really explain in detail the technical structure of cloud computing platforms. In Cloud Computing Explained John gave us the "Who" and "Why" [plus a whole lot more] of cloud computing, and now he and Risto give us the "what, where, when" on how to build a flexible, scalable, secure and automated multi-purpose, multi-tenant cloud computing infrastructure. The best feature of the content is that itreally speaks to the experience of its authors - I can really tell that these guys have "been there" and "done that" and have put their experience into an well though out architecture guide. Great detailed content for those who need to get up to speed on cloud computing, as well as great help for IT experts who want to polish up their own cloud computing environments.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 Feb 2013
By Juan Domínguez - Published on
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This is a really deep book. Here you can find a very detailed description of the Cloud's solution design topics that you have to consider when you are designing a web application for the cloud.
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