Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center

Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center

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Overview

Modern computing is no longer about devices but is all about providing services, a natural progression that both consumers and enterprises are eager to embrace. As it can deliver those services, efficiently and with quality, at compelling price levels, cloud computing is with us to stay. Ubiquitously and quite definitively, cloud computing is answering the demand for sophisticated, flexible services

Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center looks at cloud computing from an IT manager’s perspective. It answers basic as well as strategic questions from both a business and a technical perspective so that you can confidently  engage both IT and financial assets in making your organization techno- savvy, efficient, and competitive.

Any answers about the future of computing are definitely in the cloud

The first section of the book offers up a history of the computing roots that have evolved into cloud computing. It looks at how IT has been traditionally serving needs and how cloud computing improves and expands on these services, so you can strategize about how a cloud might provide solutions to specific IT questions or answer business needs.

Next, the book shows how to begin the process of determining which organizational needs would best be served and improved by cloud computing. Presenting specific cases as examples, the book walks you through issues that your organization might likely encounter. Written clearly and succinctly, it --

  • Introduces you to the concepts behind different types of clouds, including those used for storage, those that improve processor and application delivery, and those that mix any and all of these services
  • Covers typical concerns you will hear with regard to such issues as security, application integration, and structural limitations
  • Looks at the future of the cloud, from developments on the horizon to those still in the planning stage

By the book’s conclusion, you will have a solid basis on which to initiate strategic discussions about deploying clouds in your organization. You will understand how cloud computing  can affordably solve real problems. You will know which strategies to use and you will learn of the pitfalls to avoid when taking your data center to the clouds.

Throughout this book are the answers you need to the many questions from the most basic to the more advanced surrounding cloud computing and its place in your enterprise.

What exactly is cloud computing?
How are clouds different than virtualization?
Should my organization use a cloud (or multiple clouds)?
Can clouds and virtualization play significant roles in my organization at the same time?

Covering the basics of virtualization and clusters and the more advanced strategic considerations of security and return on investment, this book will be your guide to IT’s present and future in the cloud, a resource that you will continually turn to. 

Coming soon! For more information, Professional Cloud Computing, at www.professionalcloudcomputing.com, will help you find information to delve more deeply into the discussion in any of a number of directions.  

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439806173
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication date: 04/07/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Brian J. S. Chee is one of the first 10 Certified Netware Instructors outside of Novell, Inc., Brian has seen networking evolve from the ground up from the viewpoints of a manufacturer, a distributor, a reseller, a computer scientist at the U.S. General Service Administration Office of Information Security (GSA-OIS), and now at the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology (SOEST) as a researcher. As a Senior Contributing Editor to InfoWorld magazine and a long-time member of the Interop NOC team, Brian has a unique insight into networking trends and the emergence of new technology.

Curtis Franklin, Jr. has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. A Senior Writer at NetWitness, he also contributes to a number of technology-industry publications including InfoWorld, Dark Reading, and ITWorld.com on subjects ranging from mobile enterprise computing to enterprise security and wireless networking. He is also online community manager for the Interop conference. Curtis is the author of hundreds of magazine articles, the co-author of three books, and has been a frequent speaker at computer and networking industry conferences across North America and Europe. When he’s not writing, Curt is a painter, photographer, cook, and multi-instrumentalist musician, and is active in amateur radio (KG4GWA), scuba diving, and the Florida Master Naturalist program.

Table of Contents

What Is a Cloud?
In This Chapter
In the Beginning
Computer Services Become Abstract
The ISO-OSI Model: Seven Layers of Abstraction
ODBC: The Abstract Database
OpenGL: Abstract Images
Demand Abstraction
What Can You Do with a Cloud?
   Beowulf
   Grid Computing
   Virtualization
What Would You Like in Your Cloud?
The Anytime, Anyplace Cloud
Clouds Flight Path for Chapter 1 

Grids, HPCs, and Clouds
In This Chapter
Scientific Computing and Its Contribution to Clouds
Defining Terms: Grids and HPCs
Software for Grids and HPCs
Examples of Grid Applications
   A Grid for the Stars
   A Grid for Proteins
High-Performance Computing in Blue Hawaii
Scheduling Grids and HPCs
How Grid Scheduling Works
   Phase I: Resource Discovery
   Phase II: System Selection
   Phase III: Job Execution
Grid Versus HPC Versus Cloud
Cloud Development Stage 1: Software as a Service and Web 2.0
Cloud Development Stage 2: Hosted Virtualization
Cloud Development Stage 2.5: Playing the "Energy Savings" Card
Cloud Development Stage 3: True Clouds
Clouds Flight Path for Chapter 2

Virtualization and the Cloud: What’s the Difference?
In This Chapter
Virtualization as the Foundation for Clouds
The Missing Link Between Virtualization and Clouds
Virtualization: Abstraction in a Box
Instances
Managing Instances
Beginning and Perfecting Cloud Computing
Utopian Clouds?
Accounting for Clouds
A Matter of Trust
Self-Provisioned Virtual Servers
From Virtual Computing to the Cloud
Developing into the Cloud
Clouds: Minimum Commitments and Maximum Limits
Clouds Flight Path for Chapter 3

Applications for Clouds
In This Chapter
Introduction
Browser Versus Desktop (aka Thick Versus Thin)
Plug-ins and Code Generators
The Advantages of Low-Level Languages
A Brief History of High-Level Languages
Database Abstraction and Putting the Database on the Web
Different Clouds for Different Applications
   Processing Clouds
   Storage Clouds
   Email Protection Clouds
Strategies for Getting People into Clouds
Throwaway Clouds
Traveling Clouds
Occasional-Use Clouds
Company in a Box
Clouds Flight Path for Chapter 4 

Business in the Cloud
In This Chapter
Business Concerns About IT
Can Your Business Cloud?
Bandwidth and Business Limits
   Testing for Clouds
   Remote Access and the Long March to the Clouds
Traditional Server Load Balancing
The Virtualization Load Response
Computing on Demand as a Business Strategy
The Cloud Model for Partnerships
Seeding the Clouds of Federation
Clouds Flight Path for Chapter 5

Cloud Providers
In This Chapter
Marketing the Cloud
The "Cloud City Market"
   Amazon
   Google
   Microsoft
   Client-Server and Other Asynchronous Methods
   Other Clouds
   Emerging Cloud Tools
Application Clouds
   Personal Productivity Clouds
   Trends Driving Us Toward Clouds
   Zoho
   SaaS Apps Turning into Clouds
The Edge of the Cloud
   Energy Clouds
Who’s Who in the Clouds?
Clouds Flight Path for Chapter 6

Cloud Issues
In This Chapter
Stability
Partner Quality
Longevity
Business Continuity
Service-Level Agreements
   Differing Opinions
Agreeing on the Service of Clouds
Solving Problems
What It Takes to Reach an Agreement
   Quality of Service
   Quality in the Cloud
Security in the Cloud
   How Big Is Your Fence?
   Where Is Your Fence?
Regulatory Issues and Accountability
Clouds Flight Path for Chapter 7

Strategies for Clouds
In This Chapter
Key Cloud Strategies: First Steps
Thinking About Peaks and Valleys
Energy Issues
Experiments and Wild Hares
Dipping Your Toes into Virtualization
Planning for Success
Trial Projects for the Cloud
Clouds Flight Path for Chapter 8

Cloud Security
In This Chapter
What Can You Do with Cloud Security?
Cloud Authentication
Cloud Filtering
Why Is Cloud Security Good?
What Are the Limits of Cloud Security?
What Is the Future of Cloud Security?
Clouds Flight Path for Chapter 9 

The Future of the Cloud
In This Chapter
Putting Our Crystal Ball into Perspective
Cloud Development Tools in Perspective
Clouds of Different Types
Media Clouds
Security Clouds
App-Specific Clouds
Office Desktop and Groupware Clouds
Computing Clouds
Mobile Clouds
Changing the Definition of Virtualization
Making Your Application Cloud Aware
What Should a Cloud Descriptor Language Contain?
What Are the Back Office Issues, and How Do You Pay for a Cloud?
The Cloud Is the Computer
Clouds Flight Path for Chapter 10
Glossary

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