- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing Limited (17 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782160108
- ISBN-13: 978-1782160106
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.7 x 23.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,95,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Apache CloudStack Cloud Computing Paperback – Import, 17 May 2013
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About the Author
Navin Sabharwal is an innovator, as well as a leader, author, and consultant in areas of Cloud Computing, Cloud Lifecycle Management, and Software Product Development. He has been involved in identifying white spaces in areas of Information Technology and creating innovative products and services. He has taken ideas from their inception to revenue generation. He has taken some of his ideas to develop innovative award winning products and solutions in the areas of Cloud Lifecycle Management, IT infrastructure management, IT processes, reporting analytics, and governance. He works for HCL Technologies Infrastructure Services Division and leads the Automation and Cloud Computing Practice. Ravi Shankar holds a postgraduate degree in Information Technology from the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior, India. He has been working on cloud-based technologies since the beginning of his career. He has been involved in development and implementation of Private Cloud as well as Hybrid Cloud. He has also worked on public clouds such as Amazon web services. He has worked extensively with open source technologies in the Cloud Computing space and on the Apache CloudStack platform. He has also co-authored another book on Cloud Computing which is self-published on Amazon.com and Createspace.
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There are several competing frameworks and technologies, both commercial and open source.
Two of the more widely known open source technologies are OpenStack and CloudStack.
OpenStack's origins are NASA and Rackspace based, CloudStack's origins are Citrix based.
Of the commercial offerings two of the major ones are Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure.
It is, of course, possible to create hybrid cloud solutions. For instance, Peter Lopez, Disney Interactive's system architect has developed a private cloud by stitching together technology from both OpenStack and cloudstack. An interesting comparison of OpenStack vs. Cloudstack (if you're interested) can be found at the following URL [...]
This particular book focuses entirely on CloudStack.
Starting with a good yet concise overview of cloud computing and the technologies underpinning cloud computing the "way that CloudStack does it" is described in very practical and understandable terms. The networking architecture description was particularly clear, importantly so for novices as this can be a very confusing topic.
The chapters covering basic installation and configuration were pretty standard and workmanlike as one might expect. The networking chapter was clear and provided a good overview, as did the chapter covering CloudStack storage. I felt that the section covering the use of OpenStack (Swift) storage as a means for providing secondary storage to CloudStack could have been more detailed.
As a general observation the configuration and administration details were all GUI oriented. Examples showing the use of e.g. shell scripts of Python scripts would have been most welcome.
The chapter on Service Offerings and Virtual Machines was very short. I would have liked much more detail on the use of CloudStack with different Hypervisors. The chapter covering Domains, Accounts, Projects and Users could have been expanded, and , once again some bash or Python script examples would have been of great help. The final chapters on high availability, performance tuning and scaling were of an overview / introductory nature and could form the starting point for a much more advanced performance and troubleshooting oriented book.
Overall I felt that this was a very good book, that dealt with a difficult subject clearly and in a way suitable for those entering this area for the first time. I would recommend it both for technologists wishing to get a fairly in depth feel for CloudStack and its capabilities, and for novice CloudStack administrators. With an "administratorish" hat on examples of configuration and administration scripts would have been of great value. Sometimes studying a script carefully can tell you a lot more than "wading through a whole lot of GUI snapshots".
CloudStack". This software enables system administrators and/or end users to create so-called public and private clouds.
After a brief introduction to the "as a service" concept (aaS) the Apache CloudStack
core components and their function within the CloudStack architecture are explained.
The installation and configuration of the software is described in detail and illustrated
by screenshots. The integration of compute, storage and network resources is also covered.
The second half of the book is devoted to CloudStack management and other advanced topics
(e.g. high availability and scalability).
I myself have not been able to completely read the book, but want to
share my impression: The book (1) misses a good writing style and (2) contains
too many errors (despite the four reviewers). The errors include an inconsistent naming scheme for
libvirt (libvirt/ libvrt) and QEmu (QEmu/ QEM), as well as the usage of Gigabits when Gigabyte were meant.
Concerning the writing style: One of the main objectives should be to guide the reader through the topic
by using a golden thread. In this book, the thread has too many loops; i.e.
content, formulated a little bit differently, is just repeated one after the other and inflates
the book unnecessarily. Unfortunately, this happens in so many places that it killed my motivation.
Hence I have laid the book aside.
does not exist anymore... run wget and nothing..
does not exit anymore
Beside some of the above problems with links, you will run into directories issues with the debian version used for this book... They simply dont exist...
This book is nothing else than an online tutorial that anybody can write.... The author might had seen the opportunity to make quick money because it is a new concept and there are not much online (free) tutorials that really work out there... So when you see this book, you will be like "oh yeah, this is it"... but you will regret your money.