Why cloud computing represents a paradigm shift for business, and how business users can best take advantage of cloud services.
Most of the information available on cloud computing is either highly technical, with details that are irrelevant to non-technologists, or pure marketing hype, in which the cloud is simply a selling point. This book, however, explains the cloud from the user's viewpointâthe business user's in particular. Nayan Ruparelia explains what the cloud is, when to use it (and when not to), how to select a cloud service, how to integrate it with other technologies, and what the best practices are for using cloud computing.
Cutting through the hype, Ruparelia cites the simple and basic definition of cloud computing from the National Institute of Science and Technology: a model enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources. Thus with cloud computing, businesses can harness information technology resources usually available only to large enterprises. And this, Ruparelia demonstrates, represents a paradigm shift for business. It will ease funding for startups, alter business plans, and allow big businesses greater agility.
Ruparelia discusses the key issues for any organization considering cloud computing: service level agreements, business service delivery and consumption, finance, legal jurisdiction, security, and social responsibility. He introduces novel concepts made possible by cloud computing: cloud cells, or specialist clouds for specific uses; the personal cloud; the cloud of things; and cloud service exchanges. He examines use case patterns in terms of infrastructure and platform, software information, and business process; and he explains how to transition to a cloud service. Current and future users will find this book an indispensable guide to the cloud.
The easy way to understand and implement cloud computing technology written by a team of experts
Cloud computing can be difficult to understand at first, but the cost-saving possibilities are great and many companies are getting on board. If you've been put in charge of implementing cloud computing, this straightforward, plain-English guide clears up the confusion and helps you get your plan in place.
You'll learn how cloud computing enables you to run a more green IT infrastructure, and access technology-enabled services from the Internet ("in the cloud") without having to understand, manage, or invest in the technology infrastructure that supports them. You'll also find out what you need to consider when implementing a plan, how to handle security issues, and more.
Cloud Computing For Dummies gets straight to the point, providing the practical information you need to know.
What is the cloud? How does the cloud work? What does it mean when something is 'in the cloud'? And why is it called 'the cloud' anyway? When you hear about the cloud, do you get a little anxious because you don't know what the cloud is? Do you feel like technology is passing you by? Do you feel like the future is leaving you behind and you'll never catch up? Have you ever wondered what Amazon Web Services (AWS) is? Have you wondered how Netflix, Facebook Messenger, Amazon Kindle, Apple iCloud, Google Maps, or the Nest Thermostat work? We hear about the cloud all the time these days. And I mean all the time. Every day there's a new cloud-based dating app; a new cloud-based gizmo for your house; a new cloud-based game; or a thousand other new things--all in the cloud. The cloud is everywhere! Everything is in the cloud! What does it mean! Let's slow down. Take a deep breath. That's good. Take another. Excellent. This book teaches you all about the cloud. I'll let you in on a little secret: the cloud is not that hard to understand. It's not. It's just that nobody has taken the time to explain to you what the cloud is. They haven't, have they? Deep down I think this is because they don't understand the cloud either, but I do. I've been a programmer and writer for over 30 years. I've been in cloud computing since the very start, and I'm here to help you on your journey to understand the cloud. Consider me your tour guide. I'll be with you every step of the way, but not in a creepy way. I take my time with this book. I go slow and easy, so you can build up an intuition about what the cloud really is, one idea at a time. When you finish reading, you'll understand the cloud. When you hear someone say some new cool thing is in the cloud, you'll understand exactly what they mean. That's a promise. How do I deliver on that promise? I use lots and lots of pictures. I use lots and lots of examples. We'll reveal the secret inner-workings of AWS, Netflix, Facebook Messenger, Amazon Kindle, Apple iCloud, Google Maps, Nest and cloud DVRs. You'll learn by seeing and understanding; no matter if you're a complete beginner, someone who knows a little and wants to learn more, or a programmer looking to change their career to the cloud. The cloud is the future. You don't want to miss out on the future, do you? Read this book and we'll discover it together. I'm excited. This will be fun. Let's get started!
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