Cloud Computing for Dummies 2ed

Judith Hurwitz Daniel Kirsch

ISBN: 9788126570553

INR 799


Cloud computing is no longer just a clever new toy in the world of IT infrastructure. Despite the nebulous name, it’s become a real and important part of our information architecture—and tech professionals who ignore it or try to skim their way through risk falling behind rapidly. The new edition of Cloud Computing For Dummies gets you up to speed fast, clarifying your Cloud options, showing you where can save you time and money, giving you ways to frame your decisions, and helping you avoid weeks of research.  Cloud computing is no longer just a clever new toy in the world of IT infrastructure.


About This Book

Foolish Assumptions

Icons Used in This Book

Beyond the Book

Where to Go from Here


Part 1: Understanding Cloud Concepts 

Chapter 1: Understanding the Cloud

  • Looking at the Ecosystem of Cloud Computing
  • Understanding Cloud Concepts
  • The public cloud
  • The private cloud
  • The hybrid and multi cloud model
  • Cloud Computing Elements: Resource Pools/Cloud Models
  • and Services
  • Cloud delivery models
  • The computing resources life cycle
  • Understanding Self-Service Provisioning and Elasticity
  • Establishing a Dynamic Life Cycle across Workloads and Data
  • Management Services
  • The Changing Role of the Data Center
  • Evolution of the data center into a private cloud
  • Seeing how the public cloud fits
  • Knowing when the private cloud shines


Chapter 2: Embracing the Business Imperative

  • Understanding IT Transformation
  • Escaping the IT Legacy Trap
  • Preparing for the Cloud
  • Building for Innovation
  • The Business Imperatives
  • Optimizing Your Existing Business
  • Modern Development and Deployment Strategies
  • Revisiting Your Business Model
  • Transforming the Business Model


Part 2: Examining Architectural Considerations 

Chapter 3: Architectural Considerations for the Cloud Environment

  • Rethinking the Type of Constituents Your Cloud Serves
  • Putting the Pieces Together
  • Planning for Deployment
  • Latency: Performance matters
  • Security: Planning in context
  • Governance: Getting the right balance
  • Managing colocation
  • Creating flexibility in the model
  • Setting the Right Policies and Business Rules
  • Navigating the Choices in a Hybrid World
  • Optimizing for Workloads
  • Supporting a Dynamic Life Cycle


Chapter 4: Managing a Hybrid and Multi cloud Environment

  • What Are You Managing?
  • Managing SaaS Applications
  • Optimizing SaaS Management
  • Managing External Cloud Resources
  • Visibility and control of external resources
  • The importance of self-service
  • Service level agreements (SLAs)
  • Addressing Poor Cloud and Computing Behaviors
  • Managing Internal Cloud Resources
  • Managing a hybrid cloud environment
  • Understanding the role of internal SLAs
  • Managing Internal Services
  • Supporting cloud customers
  • Monitoring internal and external systems
  • Constructing dashboards
  • Managing External Services
  • DevOps and deployment to public clouds
  • External system monitoring
  • Application and service life cycles
  • The Future of Multi cloud Management


Chapter 5: Standards in a Multi cloud World

  • What Are Standards?
  • Evolution of Standards
  • Categories of Cloud-Related Standards
  • Interoperability
  • Portability
  • Security
  • Organizations Building Momentum around Standards
  • Cloud Security Alliance
  • Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC)
  • The Open Group
  • Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
  • Vertical groups
  • The Impact of Standards on the Multi cloud


Chapter 6: A Closer Look at Cloud Services

  • The Importance of Modularity
  • Discovering Why Services Matter in the Cloud
  • Explaining Microservices
  • The imperative to manage microservices
  • Containers
  • Kubernetes
  • Cataloging services
  • Defining Cloud Native Applications
  • Moving from virtual machines to cloud native
  • Creating innovation
  • Differentiating cloud native applications
  • Communicating Using APIs
  • Setting the Stage for Cloud-Enabled Applications


Part 3: Understanding Cloud Models 

Chapter 7: Introducing All Types of Clouds

  • Understanding Public Clouds
  • Commercial public clouds
  • Open social community clouds
  • Open technical community clouds
  • Government clouds
  • Looking at Private Clouds
  • Privately owned and managed clouds
  • Appliances based on public cloud offerings
  • Commercial private cloud
  • Exploring Hybrid Clouds
  • Understanding the Continuum of the Cloud
  • Selecting Multi cloud for Choice, Efficiency, and Performance
  • Thinking about the Integration Imperative
  • Types of integration
  • Responsibility for integrations
  • Integration at the service level
  • Integration at the data level
  • Integration at the application level


Chapter 8: Using Infrastructure as a Service

  • Understanding IaaS
  • Exploring the Key Components of Public Cloud IaaS
  • The hardware architecture of public clouds
  • Virtualization
  • Elastic resources and services
  • Self-service provisioning
  • Service level agreements (SLA)
  • Metering, billing, and licensing
  • Costs
  • Getting to Know Prominent IaaS Cloud Providers
  • Discovering the Key Components of Private Cloud IaaS
  • Using IaaS in Multi cloud


Chapter 9: Using Software as a Service

  • Understanding the Characteristics of SaaS
  • Multi-tenancy and its benefits
  • The need for cloud native SaaS
  • Understanding SaaS Economics
  • Figuring Out How SaaS Fits into the Multi cloud World
  • Using SaaS as a Platform
  • Discovering who builds applications on SaaS platforms
  • Developing on a SaaS vendor’s platform
  • Looking at examples of SaaS platforms


Chapter 10: Standing on Platform as a Service

  • Discovering the Business Value of PaaS
  • Identifying the Characteristics of Platform as a Service
  • Managing the Software Development and Deployment
  • Life Cycle
  • Managing an Agile Development Environment
  • Defining the Next Generation of Middleware in the Cloud
  • Exploring Types of PaaS Platforms
  • Public PaaS
  • Private PaaS
  • Open PaaS
  • Reaping the Business Benefits of PaaS


Part 4: Managing in a Multi cloud World 

Chapter 11: Planning for DevOps in the Cloud

  • Entering a New Era of DevOps
  • The importance of agile development
  • Transforming security
  • Examining Changes for DevOps in the Cloud
  • Discovering the Value of Demand-Driven Applications
  • Examining the Role of CI/CD in Agile Development
  • Continuous integration
  • Continuous testing
  • Continuous delivery
  • Continuous deployment
  • Exploring the Role of Opinionated Continuous Delivery
  • Understanding the Challenges to CI/CD Adoption
  • Continuous Delivery and the Importance of a DevOps Culture
  • The Challenge of CI/CD in the Cloud Era
  • Clouds, Containers, and Microservices
  • Defining Cloud Native Applications
  • Achieving Resilience
  • Discovering Reusable Services
  • Moving from VMs to Cloud Native
  • Open-Source Cloud Native Applications
  • Differentiating Cloud Native Applications
  • The Foundation of Microservices
  • The Imperative to Manage Microservices
  • The Value of the Container Model
  • The Role of APIs


Chapter 12: Managing Multi cloud Workloads

  • What is a Workload?
  • All workloads aren’t the same
  • Workloads not suited for the cloud
  • Resource abstraction and workloads
  • Workload Management
  • Workload Complexities in the Multi cloud Environment
  • Operationalized workloads
  • APIs: Keys to cloud resources
  • Workload Portability


Chapter 13: Managing Data Storage in the Cloud

  • Understanding Cloud Storage Fundamentals
  • Cloud storage access protocols
  • Delivery options for cloud storage
  • Functions of cloud storage
  • Benefits of cloud storage
  • Deploying Hybrid Cloud Storage
  • Interfaces
  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Business continuity
  • Reporting and chargeback
  • Management
  • Performance/latency
  • Data and network speed
  • Planning for Cloud Growth and Change
  • Understanding your data
  • Devising a growth strategy
  • Choosing a provider


Part 5: Developing Your Cloud Strategy 

Chapter 14: Managing and Integrating Data in the Cloud

  • Ensuring Trustworthy Data
  • Controlling customer data privacy
  • Assessing cloud data risks
  • Securing data in the cloud
  • Integrating Data across Environments
  • Three integration scenarios
  • Options for cloud data integration
  • Managing Big Data in the Cloud
  • Master data management
  • Big data characteristics
  • Supporting an Analytics Strategy
  • Big data analytics
  • Other cloud analytics
  • Talking to Providers about Data Control


Chapter 15: Promoting Cloud Security and Governance

  • Exploring the Risks of Operating in the Cloud
  • Cloud provider risks
  • End-user risks
  • Developing a Secure Hybrid Environment
  • Assessing your current state
  • Assessing your cloud vendor
  • Digging deeper into identity management
  • Understanding data protection options
  • Sharing security responsibility with your cloud provider
  • Creating a Cloud Governance Strategy
  • Understanding governance risks
  • Implementing a governance strategy
  • Making governance work
  • Measuring and monitoring governance performance


Chapter 16: Breaking Down Cloud Economics

  • Balancing Costs with Requirements
  • Striking the Right Balance of Environments for a Hybrid Cloud
  • Reaping the Economic Benefit of the Cloud
  • Filling the need for capacity
  • Selecting a SaaS for common applications
  • Selecting a massively scaled application
  • When it’s not black and white
  • Understanding the Economics of the Data Center
  • Evaluating Costs in the Hybrid Environment


Chapter 17: Planning Your Cloud Strategy

  • At the Beginning: The Move to the Cloud
  • Starting the Plan
  • Stage 1 : Assess your current IT strategy
  • Stage 2 : Imagine the future
  • Stage 3 : Explore what’s out there
  • Stage 4 : Create a hybrid cloud strategy plan
  • Stage 5 : Plan for implementation
  • Stages of Strategy Planning: An Overview
  • Focusing the Plan on Providing Services to Your Constituents
  • Cloud service consumer services
  • Comprehensive cloud provider services
  • Cloud service creation services
  • Supporting a Successful Customer Experience
  • Supporting innovation
  • Defining the optimal customer experience
  • Optimizing for workloads
  • Supporting a Dynamic Life Cycle
  • Abstracting Complexity in the Cloud
  • Balancing Costs and Benefits
  • Defining the purpose of your cloud services
  • Taking a holistic approach


Part 6: The Part of Tens 

Chapter 18: Ten Cloud Resources

  • Standards Organizations
  • Consortiums and Councils
  • Open-Source Offerings
  • The Cloud Security Alliance
  • The Cloud Storage Initiative
  • Vendor Sites
  • Cloud Computing Conferences
  • Open Data Center Alliance


Chapter 19: Ten Cloud Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do Plan for Cloud Native
  • Do Plan for Data Consistency and Manageability
  • Do Decide and Plan for Cloud Services
  • Do Have a Service Management Plan
  • Do Plan for Portability
  • Do Plan for Security
  • Do Execute on an Overall Hybrid Cloud Plan
  • Don’t Rely on only a Single Vendor
  • Don’t Over-Invest in Licenses
  • Don’t Overlook the Need to Manage Infrastructure
  • Don’t Leave Your Data Center Alone
  • Don’t Ignore the Service Level Agreement
  • Do Move Forward and Don’t Look Back





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