Cloud Computing Concepts, Technology & Architecture

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-10
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall

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Cloud Computing: Concepts & Technologyorganizes proven and mature cloud computing technologies and practices into a series of well-defined concepts, models, and technology mechanisms. In doing so, it establishes the first complete and concrete foundation for learning, teaching, and understanding the field of cloud computing. Best-selling service technology author Thomas Erl and two leading cloud technology experts present modern cloud technology in a vendor-neutral manner that fully aligns with common industry usage. They focus on demonstrating how cloud technology mechanisms operate at a conceptual and architectural level, and how these are combined to establish the most common cloud-based environments and solutions. Through this approach, they eliminate the ambiguity and confusion that has plagued the cloud industry, making it easier to understand alternatives and ultimately make better choices about strategy, planning, deployment, and management. Coverage includes: Cloud delivery and deployment models, including IaaS; SaaS; and PaaS Cloud benefits, including agility, scalability, elasticity, and resilience Cloud enabling technologies, technology mechanisms, and architecture Security in cloud environments Provider perspectives on implementation and management Consumer perspectives on usage and management Economic metrics and cloud pricing Technical metrics and cloud SLAs Cloud contracts Appendices include case study conclusions, industry standards, vendor lists, virtualization platform solutions and vendors, sample pricing policies and SLAs, and brief previews of emerging technologies.

Author Biography

Thomas Erl is a top-selling IT author, founder of Arcitura Education, editor of the Service Technology Magazine and series editor of the Prentice Hall Service Technology Series from Thomas Erl. With more than 175,000 copies in print world-wide, his books have become international bestsellers and have been formally endorsed by senior members of major IT organizations, such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, Accenture, IEEE, HL7, MITRE, SAP, CISCO, HP, and many others. As CEO of Arcitura Education Inc. and in cooperation with CloudSchool.com and SOASchool.com, Thomas has led the development of curricula for the internationally recognized Cloud Certified Professional (CCP) and SOA Certified Professional (SOACP) accreditation programs, which have established a series of formal, vendor-neutral industry certifications obtained by thousands of IT professionals around the world. Thomas has toured over 20 countries as a speaker and instructor and regularly participates in international conferences, including Service Technology Symposium and Gartner events. More than 100 articles and interviews by Thomas have been published in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal and CIO Magazine.

Dr. Zaigham Mahmood is a published author of six books, four of which are dedicated to cloud computing. He acts as a technology consultant at Debesis Education UK and a Researcher at the University of Derby, UK. He further holds positions as a foreign professor and professor extraordinaire with international educational institutions. Professor Mahmood is a certified cloud trainer and a regular speaker at the International SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium, and he has published more than 100 articles. His specialized areas of research include distributed computing, project management, and e-government.

Professor Ricardo Puttini has 15 years of field experience as a senior IT consultant at major government organizations in Brazil. He has taught several undergraduate and graduate-level courses in service orientation, service-oriented architecture, and cloud computing. Ricardo was the general chair of the 4th International SOA Symposium and 3rd International Cloud Symposium that was held in the spring of 2011. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Networks (2004) from the University of Brasilia, where he has taught in the Electrical Engineering department since 1998. Ricardo spent 18 months at the L′Ecole Superieure d′Electricite (Supelec) in Rennes, France, during his Ph.D., where he started researching distributed system architecture and security.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Case Study Background

Part I: Fundamental Cloud Computing

Chapter 3: Understanding Cloud Computing

Chapter 4: Fundamental Concepts and Models

Chapter 5: Cloud-Enabling Technology

Chapter 6: Fundamental Cloud Security

Part II: Cloud Computing Mechanisms

Chapter 7: Cloud Infrastructure Mechanisms

Chapter 8: Specialized Cloud Mechanisms

Chapter 9: Cloud Management Mechanisms

Chapter 10: Cloud Security Mechanisms

Part III: Cloud Computing Architecture

Chapter 11: Fundamental Cloud Architectures

Chapter 12: Advanced Cloud Architectures

Chapter 13: Specialized Cloud Architectures

Part IV: Working with Clouds

Chapter 14: Cloud Delivery Model Considerations

Chapter 15: Pricing Metrics and Economic Models

Chapter 16: Service Level Metrics and SLAs


Part V: Appendices

Appendix A: Case Study Conclusions

Appendix B: Industry Standards Organizations

Appendix C: Mapping Mechanisms to Characteristics

Appendix D: Data Center Facilities (TIA-942)

Appendix E: Emerging Technologies

Appendix F: Cloud Provisioning Contracts

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