Zen of Cloud: Learning Cloud Computing by Examples on Microsoft Azure

Zen of Cloud: Learning Cloud Computing by Examples on Microsoft Azure provides comprehensive coverage of the essential theories behind cloud computing and the Windows Azure cloud platform. Sharing the author’s insights gained while working at Microsoft’s headquarters, it presents nearly 70 end-to-end examples with step-by-step guidance on implementing typical cloud-based scenarios.

The book is organized into four sections: cloud service fundamentals, cloud solutions, devices and cloud, and system integration and project management. Each chapter contains detailed exercises that provide readers with the opportunity to develop valuable hands-on skills in cloud service development.

  • Explains how to prepare for Microsoft Azure development and how to use Microsoft Azure Management Portal
  • Provides best practices for designing cloud-based applications
  • Includes online access to updated examples and answers to the exercises

Beginners can use this book as a guide in their journey through cloud computing. Experienced cloud developers will benefit from the specific examples and detailed guidance on implementing typical cloud-based scenarios. The examples cover a range of application types and technologies with varying levels of difficulties.

Supplying comprehensive coverage of the Windows Azure cloud platform, the book provides a practical understanding and powerful tips that readers can immediately apply to their own work—making it ideal for cloud system developers, architects, and IT professionals. Organized into easily digestible sessions, it is also ideal for use in instructional settings.

Book Details ;

  • Paperback: 507 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (August 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482215802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482215809

Data Science in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and R

Azure ML, Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning cloud platform, provides an easy-to-use and powerful set of cloud-based data transformation and machine-learning tools. With this O’Reilly report, you’ll learn the basics of manipulating data and constructing and evaluating models in Azure ML, illustrated by a complete data science example.
Author Stephen Elston from Quantia Analytics performs the required data manipulation throughout the report, and then constructs and evaluates a regression model for a bicycle-sharing-demand dataset. You can follow along by downloading the code and data provided. You’ll then learn how to publish your trained models as web services in the Azure cloud.

This report will show you how:

Azure ML provides a powerful environment for the creation and cloud deployment of predictive analytic solutions
R code is readily integrated into the Azure ML workflow
Careful development, selection, and filtering of features is the key to most data science problems
Recognizing business goals and requirements is essential to creating a successful data science solution
A complete understanding of residuals is essential to the evaluation of predictive model performance
Stephen F. Elston, Managing Director of Quantia Analytics, LLC, is a big-data geek and data scientist, with over two decades of experience using R and S/SPLUS for predictive analytics and machine learning. He’s been developing, selling, and supporting analytics software for over two decades.

Book Details :

  • Series: Networking Technology
  • Paperback: 65 Pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (June 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781491919590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587058929

CompTIA Cloud+ Certification Study Guide (Exam CV0-001) (Certification Press)

The best fully integrated study system available for the CompTIA Cloud+ Certification exam

With hundreds of practice questions, CompTIA Cloud+ Certification Study Guide covers what you need to know—and shows you how to prepare—for this challenging exam. McGraw-Hill Professional is a Gold-Level CompTIA Authorized Partner offering Authorized CompTIA Approved Quality Content to give you the competitive edge on exam day.

  • 100% complete coverage of all official objectives for exam CV0-001
  • Exam Watch notes call attention to information about, and potential pitfalls in, the exam
  • Exam at Work notes provide real-world examples of cloud computing technologies in the workplace today
  • Two-Minute Drills for quick review at the end of each chapter
  • Simulated exam questions match the format, tone, topics, and difficulty of the real exam

Covers all the exam topics, including:
Cloud Computing Concepts, Models, and Terminology * Disk Storage Systems * Storage Networking * Network Infrastructure * Virtualization Components * Virtualization and the Cloud * Network Management * Performance Tuning * Systems Management * Testing and Troubleshooting * Security in the Cloud * Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Electronic content includes:

  • Complete MasterExam practice testing engine, featuring:
    -One practice exam
    -Detailed answers with explanations
    -Score Report performance assessment tool
  • PDF eBook for studying on the go
  • Bonus downloadable MasterExam practice exam with free online registration

Book Details :

  • Series: Certification Press
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071828869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071828864

OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook – Second Edition

Using OpenStack to create your own private cloud is made that much more accessible thanks to this book. Every aspect is covered with crystal-clear instructions enabling you to optimize your implementation of this world-class operating stack.

Overview

  • Updated for OpenStack Grizzly
  • Learn how to install, configure, and manage all of the OpenStack core projects including new topics like block storage and software defined networking
  • Learn how to build your Private Cloud utilizing DevOps and Continuous Integration tools and techniques

In Detail

OpenStack is an open source cloud operating stack that was born from Rackspace and NASA and became a global success, developed by scores of people around the globe and backed by some of the leading players in the cloud space today.

OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook, Second Edition will show you exactly how to install the components that are required to make up a private cloud environment. You will learn how to set up an environment that you manage just as you would a public cloud provider like Rackspace with the help of experienced OpenStack administrators and architects.

We begin by configuring the key components such as identity, image compute, and storage in a safe, virtual environment that we will then build on this throughout the book. The book will also teach you about provisioning and managing OpenStack in the datacenter using proven DevOps tools and techniques.

From installing or creating a sandbox environment using Vagrant and VirtualBox to installing OpenStack in the datacenter, from understanding logging to automating OpenStack installations, whatever level of experience or interest you have with OpenStack there is a chapter for you. Installation steps cover compute, object storage, identity, block storage volumes, image, horizon, software defined networking and DevOps tools for automating your infrastructure OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook, Second edition gives you clear step-by-step instructions to installing and running your own private cloud.

What you will learn from this book

  • Understand, install, configure, and manage Nova, the OpenStack cloud compute resource
  • Dive headfirst into managing software defined networks with the OpenStack networking project and Open vSwitch
  • Install and configure, Keystone, the OpenStack identity & authentication service
  • Install, configure and operate the OpenStack block storage project: Neutron
  • Install and manage Swift, the highly scalable OpenStack object storage service
  • Gain hands on experience with the OpenStack dashboard Horizon
  • Explore different monitoring frameworks to ensure your OpenStack cloud is always online and performing optimally
  • Automate your installations using Vagrant and Chef.
  • Create custom Windows and Linux images for use in your private cloud environment.

Approach

OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook Second Edition will give you clear step-by-step instructions to installing and running your own private cloud successfully. It is full of practical and applicable recipes that enable you to use the latest capabilities of OpenStack and implement them.

The book explains every step in detail so that you can build your knowledge about how things work.

Book Details :

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 2 edition (October 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782167587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782167587

Cloud Computing: Methodology, Systems, and Applications

Cloud computing has created a shift from the use of physical hardware and locally managed software-enabled platforms to that of virtualized cloud-hosted services. Cloud assembles large networks of virtual services, including hardware (CPU, storage, and network) and software resources (databases, message queuing systems, monitoring systems, and load-balancers).

As Cloud continues to revolutionize applications in academia, industry, government, and many other fields, the transition to this efficient and flexible platform presents serious challenges at both theoretical and practical levels—ones that will often require new approaches and practices in all areas. Comprehensive and timely, Cloud Computing: Methodology, Systems, and Applications summarizes progress in state-of-the-art research and offers step-by-step instruction on how to implement it.

Summarizes Cloud Developments, Identifies Research Challenges, and Outlines Future Directions

Ideal for a broad audience that includes researchers, engineers, IT professionals, and graduate students, this book is designed in three sections:

  • Fundamentals of Cloud Computing: Concept, Methodology, and Overview
  • Cloud Computing Functionalities and Provisioning
  • Case Studies, Applications, and Future Directions

It addresses the obvious technical aspects of using Cloud but goes beyond, exploring the cultural/social and regulatory/legal challenges that are quickly coming to the forefront of discussion. Properly applied as part of an overall IT strategy, Cloud can help small and medium business enterprises (SMEs) and governments in optimizing expenditure on application-hosting infrastructure. This material outlines a strategy for using Cloud to exploit opportunities in areas including, but not limited to, government, research, business, high-performance computing, web hosting, social networking, and multimedia.

With contributions from a host of internationally recognized researchers, this reference delves into everything from necessary changes in users’ initial mindset to actual physical requirements for the successful integration of Cloud into existing in-house infrastructure. Using case studies throughout to reinforce concepts, this book also addresses recent advances and future directions in methodologies, taxonomies, IaaS/SaaS, data management and processing, programming models, and applications.

Book Details :

  • Hardcover: 844 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439856419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439856413

Resilience and Reliability on AWS

Cloud services are just as susceptible to network outages as any other platform. This concise book shows you how to prepare for potentially devastating interruptions by building your own resilient and reliable applications in the public cloud. Guided by engineers from 9apps—an independent provider of Amazon Web Services and Eucalyptus cloud solutions—you’ll learn how to combine AWS with open source tools such as PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and Redis.

This isn’t a book on theory. With detailed examples, sample scripts, and solid advice, software engineers with operations experience will learn specific techniques that 9apps routinely uses in its cloud infrastructures.

  • Build cloud applications with the “rip, mix, and burn” approach
  • Get a crash course on Amazon Web Services
  • Learn the top ten tips for surviving outages in the cloud
  • Use elasticsearch to build a dependable NoSQL data store
  • Combine AWS and PostgreSQL to build an RDBMS that scales well
  • Create a highly available document database with MongoDB Replica Set and SimpleDB
  • Augment Redis with AWS to provide backup/restore, failover, and monitoring capabilities
  • Work with CloudFront and Route 53 to safeguard global content delivery

Book Details :

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449339190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449339197

Cloud Portability and Interoperability: Issues and Current Trends

This book offers readers a quick, comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the most important methodologies, technologies, APIs and standards related to the portability and interoperability of cloud applications and services, illustrated by a number of use cases representing a variety of interoperability and portability scenarios.

The lack of portability and interoperability between cloud platforms at different service levels is the main issue affecting cloud-based services today. The brokering, negotiation, management, monitoring and reconfiguration of cloud resources are challenging tasks for developers and users of cloud applications due to the different business models associated with resource consumption, and to the variety of services and features offered by different cloud providers.

In chapter 1 the concepts of cloud portability and interoperability are introduced, together with the issues and limitations arising when such features are lacking or ignored. Subsequently, chapter 2 provides an overview of the state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies that are currently used or being explored to enable cloud portability and interoperability. Chapter 3 illustrates the main cross-platform cloud APIs and how they can solve interoperability and portability issues. In turn, chapter 4 presents a set of ready-to-use solutions which, either because of their broad-scale use in cloud computing scenarios or because they utilize established or emerging standards, play a fundamental part in providing interoperable and portable solutions. Lastly, chapter 5 presents an overview of emerging standards for cloud Interoperability and portability.

Researchers and developers of cloud-based services will find here a brief survey of the relevant methodologies, APIs and standards, illustrated by case studies and complemented by an extensive reference list for more detailed descriptions of every topic covered.

Book Details :

  • Series: SpringerBriefs in Computer Science
  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2015 edition (March 19, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 331913700X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3319137001

Cloud Computing, A Practical Approach

“The promise of cloud computing is here. These pages provide the ‘eyes wide open’ insights you need to transform your business.” –Christopher Crowhurst, Vice President, Strategic Technology, Thomson Reuters

A Down-to-Earth Guide to Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing: A Practical Approach provides a comprehensive look at the emerging paradigm of Internet-based enterprise applications and services. This accessible book offers a broad introduction to cloud computing, reviews a wide variety of currently available solutions, and discusses the cost savings and organizational and operational benefits. You’ll find details on essential topics, such as hardware, platforms, standards, migration, security, and storage. You’ll also learn what other organizations are doing and where they’re headed with cloud computing. If your company is considering the move from a traditional network infrastructure to a cutting-edge cloud solution, you need this strategic guide.

Cloud Computing: A Practical Approach covers:

  • Costs, benefits, security issues, regulatory concerns, and limitations
  • Service providers, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, IBM, EMC/VMware, Salesforce.com, and others
  • Hardware, infrastructure, clients, platforms, applications, services, and storage
  • Standards, including HTTP, HTML, DHTML, XMPP, SSL, and OpenID
  • Web services, such as REST, SOAP, and JSON
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Software plus Services (S+S)
  • Custom application development environments, frameworks, strategies, and solutions
  • Local clouds, thin clients, and virtualization
  • Migration, best practices, and emerging standards

Book Details :

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780071626941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071626941
  • ASIN: 0071626948

Heroku Cloud Application Development

A comprehensive guide to help you build, deploy, and troubleshoot cloud applications seamlessly using Heroku

Overview

  • Understand the concepts of the Heroku platform: how it works, the application development stack, and security features
  • Learn how to build, deploy, and troubleshoot a cloud application in the most popular programming languages easily and quickly using Heroku
  • Leverage the book’s practical examples to build your own “real” Heroku cloud applications in no time

In Detail

Heroku is one of the leading cloud platforms supported by several programming languages. It lets you develop applications without worrying about the infrastructure. You can instantly build, deploy, and troubleshoot the most advanced and robust cloud applications using a rich set of available tools. Just write your application and leave the rest to Heroku. Heroku helps you build the most feature-rich web applications using add-ons and multiple data sources that can be easily configured.

This book is about Heroku, but more importantly, it is about the ease with which a developer with limited availability or knowledge of deployment infrastructure can run and manage a cloud app 24/7/365. It will show how Heroku is language independent and does not lock the user to a particular operating environment.

What you will learn from this book

  • Recognize the components of the Heroku infrastructure and how they work together to give a seamless platform experience
  • Write an application using any supported language (Ruby, Java, PHP, Python, and more) and deploy it easily and instantly
  • Run and scale your cloud application on demand using a variety of useful Heroku commands
  • Secure and debug your cloud application faster using popular techniques and tools
  • Reuse the provided samples to build agile and robust applications
  • Extend your application features by using simple plugins and add-ons
  • Manage all your applications intuitively using the one-stop Heroku dashboard

Approach

An easy-to-follow, hands-on guide that clearly explains the various components of the Heroku platform and provides step-by-step guidance as well as numerous examples on how to build and troubleshoot robust and scalable production-ready web applications on the Heroku platform.

Book Details :

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing – ebooks Account (April 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178355097X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783550975

Cloud Computing and Software Services: Theory and Techniques

Whether you’re already in the cloud, or determining whether or not it makes sense for your organization, Cloud Computing and Software Services: Theory and Techniques provides the technical understanding needed to develop and maintain state-of-the-art cloud computing and software services. From basic concepts and recent research findings to future directions, it gathers the insight of 50 experts from around to present a global perspective on the range of technical topics related to cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS). The book also:

  • Reviews real cases and applications of cloud computing
  • Discusses the infrastructure cloud and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Considers data- and compute-intensive environments
  • Examines security and reliability in the cloud

Witten in a manner that makes this complex subject easy to understand, this is an ideal one-stop reference for anyone interested in cloud computing. The accessible language and wealth of illustrations also make it suitable for academic and research-oriented settings. The comprehensive coverage supplies you with the understanding of cloud computing technologies and trends in parallel computing needed to establish and maintain effective and efficient computing and software services.

Book Details :

  • Hardcover: 458 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (July 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439803153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439803158

Exam Ref 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud

Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-247—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery configuring and deploying a private cloud using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSE level.

Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives:

  • Design and deploy System Center
  • Configure System Center infrastructure
  • Configure the fabric
  • Configure System Center integration
  • Configure and deploy virtual machines and services

This Microsoft Exam Ref:

  • Organizes its coverage by objectives for Exam 70-247
  • Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you
  • Requires experience with Windows Server, System Center 2012, security, high availability, fault tolerance, and networking in an enterprise environment, and basic skills with SQL Server, Windows PowerShell, and application configuration

Book Details :

  • Series: Exam Ref
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735686181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735686182

Challenges of Information Management Beyond the Cloud

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World, IMCW 2013, held in Limerick, Ireland, in September 2013. The 12 revised full papers presented together with three keynotes were carefully reviewed and selected from 31 submissions. The papers deal with the following topics: Cloud Architectures and Cultural Memory; Cloud Computing Beyond the Obvious: An Approach for Innovation; Cloud Computing: A New Generation of Technology Enables Deeper Collaboration; Evaluation of Conditions Regarding Cloud Computing Applications in Turkey, EU and the USA; Trustworthy Digital Images and the Cloud: Early Findings of the Records in the Cloud Project; Cloud Computing and Copyright: New Challenges in Legal Protection? Clouding Big Data: Information Privacy Considerations; The Influence of Recent Court Cases Relating to Copyright Changes in Cloud Computing Services in Japan; Government Participation in Digital Copyright Licensing in the Cloud Computing Environment; Evaluation of Information Security Approaches: A Defense Industry Organization Case; Information-Seeking Behavior of Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral Students: A Survey of Istanbul University, Turkey; Students Readiness for E-Learning: An Assessment on Hacettepe University Department of Information Management; Evaluation of Scientific Disciplines in Turkey: A Citation Analysis Study.

Book Details :

  • Series: Communications in Computer and Information Science (Book 423)
  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2014 edition (December 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3662444119
  • ISBN-13: 978-3662444115

iWork: The Missing Manual

Apple’s iWork is more versatile than ever now that there are versions for Mac, iOS, and even iCloud. The only thing iWork doesn’t include is its own how-to guide. That’s where this friendly, jargon-free Missing Manual comes in. With complete instructions and helpful examples, you’ll quickly learn how to create stunning documents, slideshows, and spreadsheets with iWork’s Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Create elegant files in minutes. Save tons of time by using iWork’s collection of prebuilt templates and themes.
  • Craft a variety of documents. Use Pages to design attractive newsletters, catalogs, brochures, flyers, and posters.
  • Build eye-popping presentations. Turn Keynote’s themes and easy-to-use cinematic effects into beautiful custom slideshows.
  • Organize and clearly convey information. Jazz up your Numbers spreadsheets with charts, images, and videos.
  • Always have your work on hand. Store your files in iCloud and have them sync automatically to your Mac and iOS devices.
  • Work anywhere, any time. Use the web-based iWork for iCloud to create projects on any computer—even a PC.

Versions covered:

This edition covers Pages for Mac 5.1, Keynote for Mac 6.1, Numbers for Mac 3.1, version 2.1 of each iOS app, and iWork for iCloud.

Book Details :

  • Series: Missing Manuals
  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449393314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449393311

To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World

In the wake of revelations about National Security Agency activities—many of which occur “in the cloud”—this book offers both enlightenment and a critical view. Cloud computing and big data are arguably the most significant forces in information technology today. In clear prose, To the Cloud explores where the cloud originated, what it means, and how important it is for business, government, and citizens. It describes the intense competition among cloud companies like Amazon and Google, the spread of the cloud to government agencies like the controversial NSA, and the astounding growth of entire cloud cities in China. From advertising to trade shows, the cloud and big data are furiously marketed to the world, even as dark clouds loom over environmental, privacy, and employment issues that arise from the cloud. Is the cloud the long-promised information utility that will solve many of the world’s economic and social problems? Or is it just marketing hype? To the Cloud provides the first thorough analysis of the potential and the problems of a technology that may very well disrupt the world.

Book Details :

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (May 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612056164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612056166

eCommerce in the Cloud: Bringing Elasticity to eCommerce

Is your eCommerce solution ready for the cloud? This practical guide shows experienced and aspiring web architects alike how to adopt cloud computing incrementally, using public Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service. You will learn how to marshal as much capacity as you need to handle peak holiday or special-event traffic.

Written by eCommerce expert Kelly Goetsch, this book helps architects leverage recent technological advances that have made it possible to run an entire enterprise-level eCommerce platform from a cloud.

  • Explore cloud service models: Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service
  • Learn about public, hybrid, and private cloud deployment models
  • Understand the impact of omnichannel retailing on platform and deployment architectures
  • Build an auto-scaling solution that can quickly add or subtract hardware in response to real-time traffic
  • Re-apply what you already know about security to the cloud
  • Run a single eCommerce platform from multiple data centers, including several forms of multi-master
  • Build a hybrid solution or deploy your entire platform to the cloud
  • Learn application and deployment architecture for “cloud native” through legacy eCommerce platforms
  • Use Software-as-a-Service for eCommerce, including Content Delivery Networks and Global Site Load Balancing services

Book Details :

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491946636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491946633