According to Reese, the cloud can be both software and infrastructure. "It can be an application you access through the Web or a server that you provision exactly when you need it." Whether a service is software or hardware, Reese offers the following simple test to determine whether that service is a cloud service:
"If you can walk into any library or Internet cafe and sit down at any computer without preference for operating system or browser and access a service, that service is cloud-based."
Reese's new book, Cloud Application Architectures (O'Reilly, US $29.99) goes well beyond defining the cloud to teach the programming and system administration skills necessary to build and support applications in the cloud, using transactional apps for customer orders and payments as a practical example.
If you're involved in planning IT infrastructure as a network or system architect, system administrator, or developer, Cloud Application Architectures will help you adapt your skills to work with the highly scalable, highly redundant infrastructure services offered by Amazon and other providers. With this book, you will:
Cloud Application Architectures provides best practices that apply to every available cloud service. Learn how to make the transition to the cloud and prepare your web applications to succeed.
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George Reese is the founder and President of Valtira LLC in Minneapolis, MN and author of technology books such as the MySQL Pocket Reference, Database Programming with JDBC and Java, and Java Database Best Practices.
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596156367
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