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Silver Clouds, Dark Linings: A Concise Guide to Cloud Computing

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Silver Clouds, Dark Linings: A Concise Guide to Cloud Computing

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  • Copyright 2011
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-138869-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-138869-7

The Executive’s Strategic Guide to Driving Maximum Business Value from Cloud Services

Cloud services represent a fundamental shift in how individuals, enterprises, and governments conduct business, interact, and use technology. If used effectively, they can increase business agility and focus, simplify capacity planning, and strengthen cost control. Unsurprisingly, however, the cloud also presents risks. In this concise, executive level book, leading experts Archie Reed and Stephen G. Bennett share the insights and guidance decision-makers need to drive maximum value from cloud services--and avoid the pitfalls.

The authors explain what cloud computing is, how it works, who provides cloud services, and how companies are using them. Next, they walk through the entire cloud lifecycle, offering expert guidance on planning, governance, compliance, security, operations, administration, management, and more. You’ll learn how to:

·   Assess the opportunities, benefits, and risks of cloud services in your environment

·   Use the cloud to improve processes, accelerate system/product delivery, or create entirely new products and businesses

·   Approach the cloud strategically (and learn why you should)

·   Understand cloud infrastructure, operations, and standards from the decision-maker’s point of view

·   Build on existing solution architecture, design practices, and SOA investments

·   Ensure appropriate control, monitoring, compliance, and security

·   Use IT process standardization to simplify cloud services management

·   Define a flexible roadmap that enables multiple projects to move forward in parallel, and can change as the marketplace evolves

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Table of Contents


Part I:  Shift Happens!

1  Introduction

The Cloud Services Market

Cloud Services Benefits

    Benefits of Cloud Services

    Summary of Benefits

What Is Cloud?

    The NIST Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing

    The NIST Service Models of Cloud Computing

    The NIST Deployment Models of Cloud Computing

What Can Cloud Do for Me?



2  Evolution or Revolution?

Cloud Capabilities

Benefits Versus Risks


3  Reflections on the Shift


Part II:  The Cloud Service Alphabet Soup

4  Introduction to Cloud Services

Cloud Usage Models

Cloud Architecture: High Level

Public Cloud Architectures

Private and Hybrid Cloud Architectures

Cloud Architecture in Depth

Software as a Service

Platform as a Service

Infrastructure as a Service

Cloud Architecture Conclusions


5  State of the Industry

Cloud Services Create New Markets and New Threats

New Markets

New Threats


Assurance in the Cloud



6  Reflections on Cloud Services


Part III:  Life in the Cloud–Planning and Managing the Cloud

7  Introduction to Cloud Planning

Enterprise Architecture

Solution Architecture and Design

    Service-Oriented Architecture

Data and Application Interoperability

    Data in the Cloud

    Recovering Data from the Cloud

    Managing Workloads in the Cloud

Governance and Management




8  Cloud Governance, Risk, and Compliance

Risk Management



Cohesive GRC

Cloud GRC Model

    Cloud Service Portfolio Governance

    Cloud Service Consumer/Producer Governance

    Cloud Asset Vitality

    Cloud Organization Governance

GRC Is a Process, Not a Project!



9  Cloud Business Risk and Security

Risks Associated with Cloud Services

Where Do I Start?

    The Cloud Security Alliance

Framing the Security Discussion

Risk and Trust

Data Use and Classification

    Audits, Logs, eDiscovery, and Digital Forensics


    International Issues

Identity and Privacy Management

    Identity Management in the Cloud

Infrastructure Security

Physical Security

Legal Issues

Strategic Security



10  Cloud Operations, Administration, and Management

Standardized Processes and Tools

Operating Cloud Services


    Cloud Service Management

    Model-Driven Management

    Policy Management

    Metering and Billing

Cloud Service Provider Management


11  Reflections on Life in the Cloud

Part IV:  GPS to the Cloud…Where to Now?

12  Creating a Successful Cloud Roadmap

Crossing Your Chasms

    Risk Realization Chasm

    Wider Acceptance Chasm

    Best Practices Chasm

    Business Case Chasm

    Avoiding the Inevitable Chasm

Planning Your Journey

13  Conclusion

Big Data

Big Architecture

Communications, Networking, and the Interconnectedness of All Things


The Rise of the Broker

The Rise of Community Clouds

Rapidly Changing Billing Models

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