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Your organization can save and thrive in the cloud with this first non-technical guide to cloud computing for business leaders
In less than a decade Google, Amazon, and Salesforce.com went from unknown ideas to powerhouse fixtures in the economic landscape; in even less time offerings such as Linkedin, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and many others also carved out important roles; in less than five years Apple's iTunes became the largest music retailer in North America.
They all share one key strategic decision – each of these organizations chose to harness the power of cloud computing to power their drives to dominance. With roots in supercomputing and many other technical disciplines, cloud computing is ushering in an entirely new economic reality – technology-enabled enterprises built on low cost, flexible, and limitless technical infrastructures.
The Executive's Guide to Cloud Computing reveals how you can apply the power of cloud computing throughout your enterprise, giving members of the C-suite a detailed look at:
- Why cloud computing must be a top priority on your company's IT roadmaps
- How the drive for scale, lower costs and greater agility is making cloud computing a fiscal and technological imperative
- The relationship between cloud computing and other relevant IT initiatives
- The strategic implications of cloud computing for the enterprise
- Where to begin and how to get started integrating cloud computing into your existing operations
Now you can harness cloud computing's potential for your organization. Executive's Guide to Cloud Computing shows you how.
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About the Author
Eric A. Marks is President and CEO of AgilePath Corporation, a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web services solutions firm. He is focused on driving executive insight, strategy, and planning, and business execution of Web services and SOA. A software and technology services veteran with seventeen years of experience with firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cambridge Technology Partners, Novell, Electronic Data Systems, StreamServe, Ontos, and Square D Company/Schneider Electric, he serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for LogicLibrary, the leading software asset reuse firm, and lectures at Syracuse University's nationally recognized School of Information Studies. He is a regular columnist for Computerworld online, Managing Automation magazine, and the industry portal www.SearchWebServices.com.
Roberto (Bob) Lozano is chief strategist and founder of Appistry, Inc., a leading provider of cloud application platforms. An experienced entrepreneur with a history of building successful companies, Lozano founded and led PaylinX, a leader in the payment solutions market. He has also held management and technology positions with Southwestern Bell (now AT&T), Monsanto, and Sandia National Laboratories, has lectured on artificial intelligence as an adjunct faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, and also founded Intelligent Computer Systems. He is a frequent speaker around the industry and blogs at www.thoughtsoncomputing.com.
Table of ContentsPreface.
CHAPTER 1 THE SOUND OF INEVITABILITY.
A Persistent Vision.
A Little History.
Three Ages of Computing.
I Want One of Those.
Back to the Future?
CHAPTER 2 CONCEPTS, TERMINOLOGY, AND STANDARDS.
Basic Concepts: The Big Stuff.
Where They Live (Deployment Models).
The Quest for Green.
Much Sound and Fury . . . .
CHAPTER 3 CLOUD COMPUTING AND EVERYTHING ELSE.
CHAPTER 4 STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS OF CLOUD COMPUTING.
A Survey of Cloud Implications.
Business Benefits of Cloud Computing.
Cloud-Based Business Models.
Cloud-Enabled Business Models.
Strategic Implications of Cloud Computing.
Evolving from SOA into the Cloud.
When to Do SOA versus Cloud?
Cloud Computing Adoption Obstacles.
Parting Thoughts: Things to Do Tomorrow.
CHAPTER 5 CLOUD ADOPTION LIFECYCLE.
Cloud Adoption Lifecycle and Cloud Modeling Framework: Two Necessary Tools for Cloud Success.
Cloud Adoption Lifecycle.
Cloud Adoption Lifecycle Summary.
CHAPTER 6 CLOUD ARCHITECTURE, MODELING, AND DESIGN.
Cloud Adoption Lifecycle Model: Role of Cloud Modeling and Architecture.
Cloud Industry Standards.
Standards Monitoring Framework.
A Cloud Computing Reference Model.
Exploring the Cloud Computing Logical Architecture.
Developing a Holistic Cloud Computing Reference Model.
Cloud Deployment Model.
Cloud Governance and Operations Model.
Cloud Ecosystem Model (Supporting the Cloud Reference Model).
Consumption of Cloud-Enabled and Cloud Enablement Resources.
Cloud Computing Reference Model Summary.
Cloud Computing Technical Reference Architecture.
CHAPTER 7 WHERE TO BEGIN WITH CLOUD COMPUTING.
Cloud Adoption Lifecycle.
Where to Begin with Cloud: Using the Cloud Adoption Lifecycle.
Where to Begin with Cloud: Deployment Model Scenarios.
Cloud Business Adoption Patterns.
Where to Begin with Cloud: Consumers and Internal Cloud Providers.
Cloud Patterns Mapped to Common Cloud Use Cases.
CHAPTER 8 ALL THINGS DATA.
The Status Quo.
Cracks in the Monolith.
The Core Issues.
Solutions and Technologies: A Few Examples.
A Look Below: Need for Combined Computation/Storage.
CHAPTER 9 WHY INEVITABILITY IS . . . INEVITABLE.
Objections and Concerns.
A Natural Evolution.
APPENDIX: THE CLOUD COMPUTING VENDOR LANDSCAPE.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
Platforms as a Service (PaaS).
Software as a Service (SaaS).
Analysts and Services Providers.
About the Authors.