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The Basics of Cloud Computing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124059320, 9780124055216

The Basics of Cloud Computing

1st Edition

Understanding the Fundamentals of Cloud Computing in Theory and Practice

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Authors: Derrick Rountree Ileana Castrillo
Paperback ISBN: 9780124059320
eBook ISBN: 9780124055216
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 24th September 2013
Page Count: 172
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As part of the Syngress Basics series, The Basics of Cloud Computing provides readers with an overview of the cloud and how to implement cloud computing in their organizations. Cloud computing continues to grow in popularity, and while many people hear the term and use it in conversation, many are confused by it or unaware of what it really means. This book helps readers understand what the cloud is and how to work with it, even if it isn’t a part of their day-to-day responsibility.

Authors Derrick Rountree and Ileana Castrillo explains the concepts of cloud computing in practical terms, helping readers understand how to leverage cloud services and provide value to their businesses through moving information to the cloud. The book will be presented as an introduction to the cloud, and reference will be made in the introduction to other Syngress cloud titles for readers who want to delve more deeply into the topic.

This book gives readers a conceptual understanding and a framework for moving forward with cloud computing, as opposed to competing and related titles, which seek to be comprehensive guides to the cloud.

Key Features

  • Provides a sound understanding of the cloud and how it works
  • Describes both cloud deployment models and cloud services models, so you can make the best decisions for deployment
  • Presents tips for selecting the best cloud services providers


Information Security professionals, infrastructure architect/engineers, software architect/engineers, and IT professionals responsible for implementing cloud technologies or selecting cloud service providers.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Contributed Chapters
  • Preface
    • What to Expect From this Book
    • Intended Audience
    • Why is this Information Important?
    • Structure of the Book
  • Chapter 1. Introduction to the Cloud
    • Abstract
    • Chapter Points
    • Introduction
    • What is the Cloud?
    • Cloud Drivers
    • Cloud Adoption Inhibitors: What is Holding People Back?
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Laying the Groundwork
    • Abstract
    • Chapter Points
    • Introduction
    • Authentication
    • Computing Concepts
    • Hardware Virtualization
    • Web Development Technologies
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3. Cloud Deployment Models
    • Abstract
    • Chapter Points
    • Introduction
    • Public Clouds
    • Private Clouds
    • Community Clouds
    • Hybrid Clouds
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Cloud Service Models
    • Abstract
    • Chapter Points
    • Introduction
    • Software as a Service
    • Platform as a Service
    • Infrastructure as a Service
    • Additional Service Models
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Making the Decision
    • Abstract
    • Chapter Points
    • Introduction
    • To Go to the Cloud or Not?
    • Choosing a Cloud Service Model
    • Choosing a Cloud Deployment Model
    • Choosing a Public Cloud Service Provider
  • Chapter 6. Evaluating Cloud Security: An Information Security Framework
    • Abstract
    • Chapter Points
    • Evaluating Cloud Security
    • Tools
    • Checklists for Evaluating Cloud Security
    • Foundational Security
    • Business Considerations
    • Defense in Depth
    • Operational Security
    • Metrics for the Checklists
    • Summary
    • Endnotes
  • Chapter 7. Operating a Cloud
    • Abstract
    • Chapter Points
    • From Architecture to Efficient and Secure Operations
    • Security Operations Activities
    • Summary
  • Endnotes
  • Index


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About the Authors

Derrick Rountree

Derrick Rountree (CISSP, CASP, MCSE) has been in the IT field for almost 20 years. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. Derrick has held positions as a network administrator, IT consultant, a QA engineer, and an Enterprise Architect. He has experience in network security, operating system security, application security, and secure software development. Derrick has contributed to several other Syngress and Elsevier publications on Citrix, Microsoft, and Cisco technologies.

Affiliations and Expertise

(CISSP, CASP, MCSE) has been in the IT field for almost 20 years.

Ileana Castrillo

Ileana Castrillo is an expert in technology-driven business process improvement. In the last 12 years, Ileana has built on her Industrial Engineering background to successfully lead global, large-scale system implementations that help IT organizations better serve the needs of the business and become a key strategic partner. Ileana is currently pursuing an executive MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.


"It takes us from a basic introduction to the cloud through to operating a cloud environment...the book does have the advantage of vendor/product independence…As an introduction for IT professionals and as background reading for some exam-based courses, it serves the purpose. Score: 7 out of 10", February 2014

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