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Cloud Computing

Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center, 1st Edition

By Brian J.S. Chee, Curtis Franklin Jr.

CRC Press

288 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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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.

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

About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS067000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Urban & Regional
BUS087000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
COM032000
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COM060000
COMPUTERS / Internet / General