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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (26 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184901406X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849014069
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Barnatt brings admirable clarity to this nebulous topic (New Scientist)

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An essential introduction to the next revolution in computing and how it will affect businesses and consumers.

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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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This book offers an excellent introduction to the structure and language of the services available within the Cloud environment. The author while clearly having his own favourite suppliers, nonetheless makes an effort to be balanced and does provide examples over a wide range of suppliers and service offerings. Recommended.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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