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For many decades, IT infrastructure has provided the foundation for successful application deployments. Yet, general knowledge of infrastructures is not widespread. Experience shows that software developers, system administrators, and project managers usually have little knowledge of the large influence IT infrastructures have on the performance, availability and security of software applications. This book explains the concepts, history, and implementation of a robust and balanced IT infrastructure. Although ...
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Overview

For many decades, IT infrastructure has provided the foundation for successful application deployments. Yet, general knowledge of infrastructures is not widespread. Experience shows that software developers, system administrators, and project managers usually have little knowledge of the large influence IT infrastructures have on the performance, availability and security of software applications. This book explains the concepts, history, and implementation of a robust and balanced IT infrastructure. Although many of books can be found on individual infrastructure building blocks, this is the first book to describe all of them: datacenters, servers, networks, storage, virtualization, operating systems, and end user devices. Whether you need an introduction to infrastructure technologies, a refresher course, or a study guide for a computer science class, you will find that the presented building blocks and concepts provide a solid foundation for understanding the complexity of today's IT infrastructures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781447881285
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 11/5/2011
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 1,224,955
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

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    Introducing IT-infrastructure in full width¿

    With ¿IT Infrastructure Architecture - Infrastructure building blocks and concepts¿, Sjaak Laan provides a broad and coherent picture of IT-infrastructure. The book presents an -introduction- to this subject; (technical) details only occasionally come into play. According to Laan a book covering the full width of the domain does not exist yet. He also states that his book is well suited to explain the interests as well as the complexity of the field of IT-infrastructure.

    The author introduces his ¿Infrastructure Model¿ in chapter 1. This model is used to structure the remainder of the book. The book can be divided into two parts: a quality part and an concrete part. The quality part (chapter 2 - 5) discusses the concepts Availability, Performance and Security with respect to IT-infrastructure as a whole. The concrete part (starting with chapter 6) discusses the building blocks Data Centers, Servers, Networking, Storage, Virtualisation, Operating Systems and End User Devices.
    For each of the concepts discussed in chapter 3, 4 and 5 Laan provides a number of aspects and patterns. Per building block (as of chapter 6) the author systematically focuses on historical developments, constituent parts and details of the applicable quality notions (Availability, Performance and Security).

    Laan doesn¿t justify the correctness, completeness etc. of his Infrastructure Model. The same goes more than once for the constituent parts of the building blocks he discusses. And that is a pity, for that would further increase the power of his book.

    The book is pleasantly ordered and reads easy. It contains a whole load of orienting information and can sure be used, in my opinion, as a reference work. The accessibility of the book leaves room for improvement: chapters/paragraphs are not numbered and organising/structuring text fragments are missing several times.

    Summarising: Laan¿s first book, ¿IT Infrastructure Architecture¿, is an asset and a must for everyone who wants to (re)orient on the subject without being swamped by numerous details and technicalities.

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