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

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Author/s    : Archie Reed, Stephen G. Bennett
Publisher   : Prentice Hall
Category   : Distributed Computing
Review by : David O'Meara
Rating        : 6 horseshoes

"Silver Clouds, Dark Linings: A Concise Guide to Cloud Computing" aims to provide an executive level view of the state of Cloud computing, both in terms of definition and adoption.

When judged purely against this aim, the book is mostly successful as it is reasonably short and concise (179 pages for the soft version) and provides valuable information in a largely non-technical manner. In my opinion the author is knowledgeable in the area and does well in explaining the role that various Cloud services will fill, which helps the reader select whether to use Cloud services and what type of services would be applicable.

On the down side it does lean towards being a little repetitive in the discussion about the various service types and tends to being a dry and reading like a text book. This is partially balanced by the images and figures that help the text. At times it also felt like an extended advertisement for one particular offering and at times that became distracting.

"Silver Clouds, Dark Linings" won't be the best Cloud book available but it serves its stated purpose and assuming you don't lose focus it can provide some very valuable information.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.

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