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Infrastructure Architecture - Infrastructure Building Blocks and Concepts

Infrastructure Architecture - Infrastructure Building Blocks and Concepts [Kindle Edition]

Sjaak Laan
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For many decades, IT infrastructure has provided the foundation for successful application deployments. Yet, general knowledge of infrastructures is not widespread. Experience shows that software developers, system administrators, and project managers usually have little knowledge of the large influence IT infrastructures have on the performance, availability and security of software applications. This book explains the concepts, history, and implementation of a robust and balanced IT infrastructure. Although many of books can be found on individual infrastructure building blocks, this is the first book to describe all of them: datacenters, servers, networks, storage, virtualization, operating systems, and end user devices. Whether you need an introduction to infrastructure technologies, a refresher course, or a study guide for a computer science class, you will find that the presented building blocks and concepts provide a solid foundation for understanding the complexity of today’s IT infrastructures.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2336 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu Press Inc (1 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RUH780
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but.... 24 Dec 2012
By msaleh
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My background of being a *nix admin did provide me with a good stepping stone in understanding the infrastructure of systems but it has always been in the area's that I needed to know about. Having now taken up a role in overseeing the whole infrastructure architecture I was in search of anything to plug any gaps I had or serve as a refresher. Ofcourse there are many technical books on specific technologies at a lower technical level (Cisco, HDS, Redhat, Windows, SCCM etc..) but I was after a holistic view as I can then always enquire from the technical experts for that required field or look up the required documentations.

-Manages to pull a lot of information in one book, covering topics such as Networks, Storage, Servers & Data Centre the only book that I have come across that does this.
-Layed out in a logical manner and diagrams are clear.
-Info does suffice a beginner or someone looking for a good level of understanding on an infrastructure component.

-There is a lot of basic information in there that even for me (and I am relatively new to the architecture field) that I just skipped or skimmed over. So it can be a little wordy for an experienced person.
-Sometimes it does get a little too historical.
-No end-to-end infrastructure design or best practices.

It is a hard job pulling in all the information in one place and one of the only books that I know that does this which is still in a readable format so kudos to Sjaak for pulling this off. However, IT Architecture is an expert field and sometimes I feel that the author is trying hard (possibly too hard) to go back to the basics at an introductory level.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just the right level of detail 16 Mar 2013
By M Tonks
Format:Kindle Edition
This book gave me exactly what I was looking for, in that it gave a brief overview of a very wide range of infrastructure topics without getting into the nitty-gritty details.

The book went just far enough to explain the fundamentals, and I can now dig deeper into a few topics I need to know more about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing IT-infrastructure in full width... 2 Jan 2012
By H. J. van Til - Published on
With "IT Infrastructure Architecture - Infrastructure building blocks and concepts", Sjaak Laan provides a broad and coherent picture of IT-infrastructure. The book presents an -introduction- to this subject; (technical) details only occasionally come into play. According to Laan a book covering the full width of the domain does not exist yet. He also states that his book is well suited to explain the interests as well as the complexity of the field of IT-infrastructure.

The author introduces his "Infrastructure Model" in chapter 1. This model is used to structure the remainder of the book. The book can be divided into two parts: a quality part and an concrete part. The quality part (chapter 2 - 5) discusses the concepts Availability, Performance and Security with respect to IT-infrastructure as a whole. The concrete part (starting with chapter 6) discusses the building blocks Data Centers, Servers, Networking, Storage, Virtualisation, Operating Systems and End User Devices.
For each of the concepts discussed in chapter 3, 4 and 5 Laan provides a number of aspects and patterns. Per building block (as of chapter 6) the author systematically focuses on historical developments, constituent parts and details of the applicable quality notions (Availability, Performance and Security).

Laan doesn't justify the correctness, completeness etc. of his Infrastructure Model. The same goes more than once for the constituent parts of the building blocks he discusses. And that is a pity, for that would further increase the power of his book.

The book is pleasantly ordered and reads easy. It contains a whole load of orienting information and can sure be used, in my opinion, as a reference work. The accessibility of the book leaves room for improvement: chapters/paragraphs are not numbered and organising/structuring text fragments are missing several times.

Summarising: Laan's first book, "IT Infrastructure Architecture", is an asset and a must for everyone who wants to (re)orient on the subject without being swamped by numerous details and technicalities.
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1.0 out of 5 stars the word ARCHITECTURE in title is missused! 6 Dec 2012
By Richard Danu - Published on
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I decided to read this book because the author comes across as a very knoledgeable, experienced individual. Reading along, I realize he wrote a book that gives a very vague, simple overview in all verticals of technology. It seems to me like he tried to put everything he knows about technology in a book for an Information Technology intoductory course for college.

There is only one item that mentions architecture, the layers of varying systems and environments and how they depend on each other. Everything else was known, basic information for me.

If you are a seasoned professional looking for architecture information, this will not provide architecture. Instead, a glorified history and review or information technology.

With all due respect to the author, I consider Architecture to be an advanced topic, and material here should help one understand how to build whole systems and best prectice, review use cases, etc., not teach the basics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 29 Oct 2012
By Michel Acuna - Published on
This is the first book that I have found that properly covers all the elements of infrastructure architecture in a single place.

The author starts by introducing his infrastructure model and then proceeds to describe each of the components in detail. The model itself is one of the biggest assets in the book, if you work as an Architect or as a Designer you will recognise it for its simplicity and its completeness.

The book is properly structured and each of the sections contains most valuable information regarding the multiple aspects of IT infrastructure.

Don't expect too much low level technical details in any of the sections, my understanding is that this book is supposed to give you a high level view of the components and in that respect the author does an outstanding job.

This book definitely fills a gap and the author deserves proper credit for it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning Infrastructure Architecture Book 17 Oct 2013
By Kevin McDaniel - Published on
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Good book for those starting out in infrastructure architecture. For those that have more experience it will not provide a great deal of new information.
2.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars if you are an exec just wanting a IA 101 else its a 2 star 5 Feb 2013
By Robert R. Rowntree - Published on
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It is structured well at the highest level following the typical layers network, servers, app etc. Then each section has some information about components under the section. The real thing that devalues the contents is he runs through a history lesson of each layer. For example, in the servers the book spends far to much time talking about old technology VAX, Apple II. This is a pretty obvious attempt to add filler. What should be in this book is how modern IA is done. Examples of IA at a typical multinational corporation. Instead history. The information in my view cursory much in the way a wiki might detail the topics. Matter of fact the publicly available wikis might be better. If your a deep expert in this area looking for a reference with good case stuidies it is definitely not you. However, if you are a manager or executive looking for IA 101 and what a good history lesson so you can be competent at discuss VAX and Apple II's over dinner with the hot date, it might due. I would suggest the author take this book back and fill it out with modern details on how to design IA with substantially modern components. Leave the history lessons for the Wikis, thats why people are paying for the book. History is easy, designing a major corporations IT infrasturre is not and that why you write a book and charge for it.
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