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A massive slide show
on 3 January 2014
Imagine a 250 slide presentation on cloud computing turned into a 500 page book. You now have some idea of the style of this book. The book covers the various aspects of cloud computing, and includes most of the issues involved. It is liberally laced with diagrams, and you can get high resolution, color versions of the diagrams online. Very useful for presentations!
The obligatory 'who this book is for' section lists IT professionals, managers and decision makers, academics, business managers, plus tech architects and developers. With exception of academics, which I don't feel qualified to comment on, I'd say it doesn't really cut the mustard for the other categories.
Because it has too little technical detail for the technical people and too much technical detail for the non-technical people. It's not the only book I've read that suffers from this problem - it's an easy trap to fall into. Ironically, it doesn't mention the one category that the book really is useful for - the business analyst moving into the cloud computing area. It has just the right pitch for such a person.
Having said that, the book does cover just about everything you could think of in the cloud computing area - infrastructure, security, architecture, networking virtualization, SLAs, it's all there, albeit in too much or too little detail depending on your perspective.
What I did find of some use were the case studies, however, they did tend to be just generally descriptive, where I wanted to see much better structured use cases, rather than descriptions of how to solve technical issues. Use cases would have been far more useful to both managers and techies.
I found this book frustrating. If you are thinking of buying it, I would suggest you browse it first to see if it meets your needs.