Cloud Computing: Automating the Virtualized Data Center

Cloud Computing: Automating the Virtualized Data Center

by Venkata Josyula, Malcolm Orr, Greg Page
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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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