• Cloud Computing

  • The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series
  • By: Nayan B. Ruparelia
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-04-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (6 ratings)

Summary

Most of the information available on cloud computing is either highly technical, with details that are irrelevant to nontechnologists, or pure marketing hype, in which the cloud is simply a selling point. This book, however, explains the cloud from the user's viewpoint - the business user's in particular. Nayan Ruparelia explains what the cloud is, when to use it (and when not to), how to select a cloud service, how to integrate it with other technologies, and what the best practices are for using cloud computing.
Cutting through the hype, Ruparelia cites the simple and basic definition of cloud computing from the National Institute of Science and Technology: a model enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources. Thus with cloud computing, businesses can harness information technology resources usually available only to large enterprises. And this, Ruparelia demonstrates, represents a paradigm shift for business. It will ease funding for start-ups, alter business plans, and allow big businesses greater agility.
Ruparelia discusses the key issues for any organization considering cloud computing: service level agreements, business service delivery and consumption, finance, legal jurisdiction, security, and social responsibility. He introduces novel concepts made possible by cloud computing: cloud cells, or specialist clouds for specific uses; the personal cloud; the cloud of things; and cloud service exchanges. He examines use case patterns in terms of infrastructure and platform, software information, and business process; and he explains how to transition to a cloud service. Current and future users will find this book an indispensable guide to the cloud.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2016 Nayan B. Ruparelia (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew PlattenFaust Stroul on 26-04-16

End Cloud confusion! Upgrade yourself!

Where does Cloud Computing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say that along with the companion PDF this is not an audio book at all. This is a COURSE. This is a professional development program that should be required reading material. The concepts are universal and vendor agnostic but give you INCREDIBLE insights.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cloud Computing?

I would say that the INaaS use case - Chapter 8 - Information as a Service - chapter was the most powerful for me. "Data do not possess any context to your particular situation or need. Information is contextual data, and knowledge is information with expertise or experience in it's usability."

What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clarity in broadcasting of the phrases. Pleasant tone that is engaging but not forceful. Diction that is superior to say a work of fiction where it can be more performance based.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The definitions and terms.

Any additional comments?

This is a MUST buy, and in fact I am about to listen again and take clearer notes.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By MC on 13-04-18

A college outline read by an academic

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I like the narrator but this was the wrong book for him. With respect to the author who I assume is a young, bright academic, this book is not suitable for an audiobook

What do you think your next listen will be?

A book on cloud computing better suited for audio book format.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Pros: seemingly comprehensive coverage.

1) book organization -- like an outline for a school assignment;
2) despite the herculean attempt to differentiate between IAAS, SAAS, PAAS etc, I was rendered completely confused near the end of the book.
3) The narrator, who is actually one of my favorites, was the wrong choice; only made the automaton writing all the more robotic.
4) Use cases seemed based more on theory than actual practice.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Seemingly thorough coverage and a good effort to illustrate use cases. Few books on the subject at this price point written for the layperson.

Any additional comments?

Too much filler that only obfuscated the information. The book could have been cut to half the words.

Sorry for the negative review, but I don't feel I got value for $ spent.

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