Hybrid Cloud for Dummies

Hybrid clouds are transforming the way that organizations do business. This handy guide helps you find out what this new cloud deployment model is all about. You’ll get down- to-earth information about cloud technology, questions to consider, and how to plan and deliver your move to a hybrid environment.

Learn to:

  • Recognize the benefits and challenges of a hybrid cloud
  • Efficiently deliver and manage cloud services
  • Understand the impact of emerging cloud standards
  • Protect customer data with sound security practices

 

Table of Contents

Contents at a Glance

Introduction

Part I: Understanding Concepts and Construction
Chapter 1: Discovering the Fundamentals of Your Computing Environment
Chapter 2: The Hybrid Cloud Continuum
Chapter 3: Service Orientation in the Cloud
Chapter 4: Hybrid Cloud Management

Part II: Examining Cloud Service Delivery Models
Chapter 5: Understanding Infrastructure as a Service
Chapter 6: Exploring Software as a Service
Chapter 7: Standing on Platform as a Service
Chapter 8: Managing Business Process as a Service

Part III: Evaluating the Business Value of the Hybrid Cloud
Chapter 9: Embracing the Business Imperative
Chapter 10: Breaking Down the Economics of the Hybrid Cloud

Part IV: Creating a Unified Hybrid Environment
Chapter 11: Managing and Integrating Data
Chapter 12: Managing Hybrid Workloads
Chapter 13: Architectural Considerations for the Hybrid Environment

Part V: Operationalizing Hybrid Clouds
Chapter 14: Development and Deployment in a Hybrid Cloud
Chapter 15: Promoting Cloud Security and Governance
Chapter 16: Virtualization and the Hybrid Cloud
Chapter 17: Employing Service Level Agreements
Chapter 18: Standards in a Hybrid World

Part VI: Getting Set for the Hybrid Cloud Journey
Chapter 19: Planning Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy
Chapter 20: Managing Data Storage in the Hybrid Cloud

Part VII: The Part of Tens
Chapter 21: (More Than) Ten Hybrid Cloud Resources
Chapter 22: Ten Hybrid Cloud Best Practices
Chapter 23: Ten Hybrid Cloud Do’s and Don’ts

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Chapter 1 Discovering the Fundamentals of Your Computing Environment

In This Chapter

▶ Deconstructing cloud concepts
▶ Discovering resource pools/cloud models and services
▶ Evaluating the role of the data center
▶ Finding out how the public cloud fits and when the private cloud shines

How quickly things change. Cloud computing has evolved from a risky and confusing concept to a strategy that organizations large and small are beginning to adopt as part of their overall computing strategy. A few years ago when Hurwitz & Associates wrote Cloud Computing For Dummies, there was plenty of skepticism. Would businesses really be willing to adopt cloud computing? What exactly is cloud computing, and how does it help businesses be more effective?

The market has come a long way in a short amount of time. Today more companies — large and small — are doing everything from prototyping a new application with public clouds to implementing a complex private cloud as a utility to support customers and partners. Indeed, we have moved out of the first phase of this new market. We are now at the stage when customers are starting to ask not whether they should think about cloud computing but what types of cloud computing are best able to meet their business problems. Companies are realizing that they need many different types of cloud services in order to meet a variety of customer needs. Therefore, the idea of combining all forms of cloud models in conjunction with data center services as an amalgam or hybrid is the direction computing is headed. An organization deploys a hybrid cloud when it utilizes public and private clouds together with its data center(s) and there are touch points between at least one or more of the deployment models. For example, it shares data between a public and private cloud.

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