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Press Release: April 7, 2009

Cloud Application Architectures--New from O'Reilly: Building Applications and Infrastructure in the Cloud

Cloud Application Architectures Sebastopol, CA—The cloud is not simply the latest fashionable term for the Internet. Author George Reese explains: "Though the Internet is a necessary foundation for the cloud, the cloud is something more than the Internet. The cloud is where you go to use technology when you need it, for as long as you need it, and not a minute more. You do not install anything on your desktop, and you do not pay for the technology when you're not using it.

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:

  • Understand the differences between traditional deployment and cloud computing in areas such as reliability, security, and the ability to predict load and capacity
  • Determine whether moving existing applications to the cloud makes technical and business sense
  • Build a transactional web application and set up virtual servers to support it
  • Learn how the cloud helps you better prepare for disaster recovery
  • See how cloud computing changes your perspective on application scaling

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.

For a review copy or more information please email Please include your delivery address and contact information.

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.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see:

Cloud Application Architectures
George Reese
ISBN: 9780596156367, 204 pages, Book Price: $29.99 USD, £22.99 GBP
PDF Price: $23.99 USD

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