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A Quick Start Guide to Cloud Computing: Moving Your Business into the Cloud (New Tools for Business) [Kindle Edition]

Mark I Williams
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Book Description

Cloud computing has caused a marketing fog, confusing business executives seeking to understand the technology's potential applications and business benefits. A Quick-Start Guide to Cloud Computing cuts through the industry hype and provides non-technical explanations about what it is and how it can improve your business.

With case studies from large and small business, it shows how enabling a remote workforce and sharing resources can reduce your organisation's carbon footprint. It describes: the benefits of cloud computing; how to choose the right supplier and technologies for your particular business; key security issues and the perils and pitfalls to avoid.

This Quick Start Guide puts business needs before technology, enabling you to make confident decisions about IT strategy, make the right choices for your business and reject 'solutions' that fix problems you don't have.

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"Publishers Kogan Page have an enviable track record of putting together excellent quick start guides. This one is no exception as Dr Mark Williams breaks down a seemingly complex subject to the basics. In fact he manages to completely demystify it with an easy to follow introduction, benefits and risks sections and case studies. For this reason, I'd recommend this book to just about anybody."

International Life, February 2011

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Book Description

A Quick Start Guide to Cloud Computing aims to help a non-technical audience grasp the concept of cloud computing, analyse its benefits and pitfalls, choose the right technology and supplier and move into the cloud.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 1 edition (3 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X4UCFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #304,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dr Williams began his postgraduate career in 1992 at CERN, birthplace of the Worldwide Web, before switching to a similar facility (SLAC) in California in 1998 after gaining his PhD. At SLAC he managed a major intranet redevelopment project, and this inspired Mark to form his first company, Surfability, in 2000 with the help of an Enterprise Fellowship award from The Royal Society of Edinburgh. A partnership with an early cloud computing provider, Extrasys, led to employment in 2005 with their new owners, and Mark went on to run the Extrasys business before helping to sell it on again in 2009.

Mark's current business venture is Muon Consulting, he blogs at and he is the author of 'A Quick Start Guide to Cloud Computing'. He chaired Day 3 of the annual Cloud Computing World Forum (CCWF) conference in 2010, chaired the 'Cloud Build' session on Day 2 of CCWF 2011, and spoke on cloud security at the ICAEW's cloud computing conference in 2012.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction 25 May 2011
A great introduction to the concepts of cloud computing and the use your business may make of it. Assumes no prior knowledge at all (other than basic familiarity with computers - but importantly from the perspective of a business that uses them, not that of an infrastructure technician). Will guide you through the maze of jargon and enable you to make sensible decisions about how and what to explore further. The most important aspect of the book for me was the balanced perspective - Dr Williams does not pretend that cloud computing will solve all your business issues, but instead presents both the upsides and the hard questions you should be asking your provider before you make any commitments. All in all an accessible, no-nonsense introduction which may not be the last thing you read on cloud computing, but is an excellent place to start.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple steps to the cloud 10 Oct. 2010
By TomB
A fantastic quick-start guide for maximising the potential of the Cloud and taking your business into the 21st Century. I'm in the early stages of starting my own business venture and there's a wealth of options out there for managing your business using online tools, platforms and storage. Understandng it all can be a real chore but "A Quick Start Guide..." distills it all down into 7 simple chapters that cut through the jargon and explain things in layman's terms (there's even a handy glossary - great for non-techies like me!). Of particular use was the chapter on "Moving into the cloud" - a straightforward 5-step guide that walks you through the key considerations for moving into a public cloud.

A cracking book for anyone entering the Cloud, whether your business is well established or you're just starting out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good intro into the cloud 12 Dec. 2013
By Redoxon
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Nice intro into moving into cloud computing. Covers the basics and jargon like SaaS, PaaS and IaaS - which is what you should know as a fundamental level to avoid people talking rubbish about the cloud :D
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A nice comprehensive books, covering all you need to know from a business point of view. Not much high tech jargon, but gets more than the basics across.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great background 25 Mar. 2011
This is a good overview of the cloud and what to look for in SaaS, IaaS and PaaS. Some good advice and a nice glossary of terms at the end. Great background which will stimulate further research and even some action.
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