Cloud Computing: Automating the Virtualized Data Center

Cloud Computing: Automating the Virtualized Data Center

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by Venkata Josyula, Malcolm Orr, Greg Page

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The complete guide to provisioning and managing cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) data center solutions

Cloud computing will revolutionize the way IT resources are deployed, configured, and managed for years to come. Service providers and customers each stand to realize tremendous value from this paradigm shift—if they can take advantage of it.

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The complete guide to provisioning and managing cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) data center solutions

Cloud computing will revolutionize the way IT resources are deployed, configured, and managed for years to come. Service providers and customers each stand to realize tremendous value from this paradigm shift—if they can take advantage of it. Cloud Computing brings together the realistic, start-to-finish guidance they need to plan, implement, and manage cloud solution architectures for tomorrow’s virtualized data centers. It introduces cloud “newcomers” to essential concepts, and offers experienced operations professionals detailed guidance on delivering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).

This book’s replicable solutions and fully-tested best practices will help enterprises, service providers, consultants, and Cisco partners meet the challenge of provisioning end-to-end cloud infrastructures. Drawing on extensive experience working with leading cloud vendors and integrators, the authors present detailed operations workflow examples, proven techniques for operating cloud-based network, compute, and storage infrastructure; a comprehensive management reference architecture; and a complete case study demonstrating rapid, lower-cost solutions design.

Cloud Computing will be an indispensable resource for all network/IT professionals and managers involved with planning, implementing, or managing the next generation of cloud computing services.

Venkata (Josh) Josyula, Ph.D., CCIE® No. 13518 is a Distinguished Services Engineer in Cisco Services Technology Group (CSTG) and advises Cisco customers on OSS/BSS architecture and solutions.

Malcolm Orr, Solutions Architect for Cisco’s Services Technology Solutions, advises telecoms and enterprise clients on architecting, building, and operating OSS/BSS and cloud management stacks. He is Cisco’s lead architect for several Tier 1 public cloud projects.

Greg Page has spent the last eleven years with Cisco in technical consulting roles relating to data center architecture/technology and service provider security. He is now exclusively focused on developing cloud/IaaS solutions with service providers and systems integrator partners.

· Review the key concepts needed to successfully deploy clouds and cloud-based services

· Transition common enterprise design patterns and use cases to the cloud

· Master architectural principles and infrastructure designs for “real-time” managed IT services

· Understand the Cisco approach to cloud-related technologies, systems, and services

· Develop a cloud management architecture using ITIL, TMF, and ITU-TMN standards

· Implement best practices for cloud service provisioning, activation, and management

· Automate cloud infrastructure to simplify service delivery, monitoring, and assurance

· Choose and implement the right billing/chargeback approaches for your business

· Design and build IaaS services, from start to finish

· Manage the unique capacity challenges associated with sporadic, real-time demand

· Provide a consistent and optimal cloud user experience

This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press®, which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.

Category: Cloud Computing

Covers: Virtualized Data Centers

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Cloud Computing: Automating the Virtualized Data Center 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Are you a major management software vendor? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Venkata Josyula, Malcolm Orr and Greg Page, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that provides a practical approach for building an architecture for providing virtualized/cloud services and infrastructure as a service specifically. Authors Josyula, Orr and Page, begin by illustrating the virtualization and cloud concepts. Then, the authors illustrate typical application design patterns and use cases found in most enterprises today and discuss how these can be transitioned into the cloud. Next, they provide an overview of the architectural principles and the infrastructure designs needed to support a new generation of real-time managed IT service use cases. The authors also describe the classification of IT services from both a business-centric and a technology-centric perspective. They continue by discussing Cisco Systems’ corporate strategy by focusing on the technological system, and service developments related to the cloud. Then, the authors discuss various industry standards and describe how they can be used to build a reference architecture. Next, they describe the details of cloud service fulfillment, also referred to as cloud service provisioning. The authors also show you how infrastructure can be automated and how services can be provisioned from the time a customer orders a service to the time the service is provisioned. They continue by introducing cloud billing/charging terminology. Then, the authors show you how to design and build an IaaS service, starting with the basic building blocks and evolving into a full-service catalogue. Next, they explore how the service catalogue offers can be realized in the cloud infrastructure and describe best practices around provisioning, activating, and managing cloud services throughout their lifetime. The authors also outline some of the key capacity challenges, describe the process around developing a capacity model, and discuss deploying tools to support this model. They continue by defining the typical roles that will interact with the cloud, their requirements, and some typical integration patterns that should be considered to achieve a consistent user experience. Finally, they provide a simple, extensible framework for assessing cloud maturity. This most excellent book details management steps with practical example use cases and best practices to build a cloud that can be used by cloud consumers and providers. Perhaps more importantly, this book covers what service providers look for in their products and discusses how their systems need to interact with other systems to provide an integrated solution that meets end-user needs.
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