How Clouds hold IT together

Marvin Waschke

Published by

Apress

ISBN

978-1430261667

RRP

£29.50

Reviewed by

A P Sutcliffe MSc, MBCS

Score

7 out of 10

The phrase ‘cloud computing’ has become one of the most commonly heard expressions within the IT field. However, at the same time, it’s clear that many of the people that talk about ‘cloud’ do not fully understand just what it is, or how it works. This book sets out to try and explain the technical information behind the technology.

The text starts with the most basic concepts of system architecture, and includes discussions of how these might be designed. It covers aspects of how the systems are physically managed before moving on to ideas of service management. It then tries to tie these topics together in a way that should help to explain how decisions are made, on the most appropriate methods for developing the best systems for the needs of the organisation.

It’s difficult to determine who the target audience for this book might be as it’s not immediately obvious. The book is a substantial piece of work, even in paperback format; unfortunately, there is a solid mass of text, only broken up by the occasional illustration. This means that it is not necessarily the easiest to read, especially for the non-technical individual; it would probably not be the best volume for a senior management team to refer to, if considering moving in the direction of cloud computing.

However, the text is set out in a logical structure that provides clear guidance and explanations and it should offer the more practical individuals some solid guidance. As such, it might be considered that this was prepared with the view of becoming something used as coursework, possibly for technical or business studies, as it contains a good mix of information that would be of value to both groups.

The bulk of the work focuses on the way in which a service may be delivered; and it provides some excellent outline information on the concepts of ITIL. It offers sensible recommendations about the best approaches to service delivery and how to work with a service provider. However, due to the wide range of topics, these are not always covered in the depth that might otherwise have been appropriate.

This is a good solid piece of work with some valuable insights; but it’s possibly not a first choice for a book on this topic.

Further information: Apress

April 2016