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Cloud Computing: Transformation



Cloud Computing - Transformation is book three in Timothy Chou's Cloud Computing Trilogy.

Improving the operational efficiency of existing operations is openers. But the more important step is how cloud computing will reshape and transform the industry – both for consumers and producers. This book covers both sides of the equation.

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Cloud Computing Trilogy is a three cloudbook set, based on Dr. Chou's Stanford class, numerous keynote speeches and several enterprise workshops. Within each chapter, you can watch Timothy give a TED-sized talk, read the text version and see the slide images.

Price: $49.99
Product Details: 
  • Number of Chapters: 9
  • Watch: 2 hrs and 22 mins of combined video
  • Read: 19,729 words in total
  • Pictures: 168 pictures from the book you can use to discuss
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Cloudbook, Inc.; (Initially published February 2, 2015)
  • Current Version: 1.2 (Last Updated: February 14, 2015)
  • What’s New in version 1.2: Bug fixes

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"First and foremost the Cloud Computing Trilogy by Timothy Chou is fantastic and effectively re-frames the conversation on how companies should position themselves to consume, create and deliver technology services in the future. I see it as required material for business and technology leaders. "
- Eric Wells, Vice President, Data Center Services, Fidelity Investments

"Timothy has developed a game-changing method to deliver his message on cloud computing constructs, concepts and best practices. I encourage all IT leaders to leverage this tool as you implement and grow your cloud strategies."
- Gina Tomlinson, former CTO, City of San Francisco.

“Love love love this stuff! extremely well written and easy to understand.”
- Darryl McCaddams Graduate Student, Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland

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Table of Contents: 

Chapter Title Description
1. Introduction Introduction to the cloud computing transformation cloudbook.
2. Data Center Cloud Services Data centers are expensive and full of technology, but location and cost of power will not be enough. The chapter discusses differentiation based on quality of service, e.g. security as well as moving up the value chain.
3. Network Cloud Service The network is the original cloud service. But as with everything in technology, you need to move up the value chain to create margin and growth. This chapter focuses on some of the key areas for both the cloud service provider and the channel that sells those services.
4. Compute and Storage Hardware companies will be forced to change as the enterprise purchases hardware as a service and not directly for their data centers. This has big implications for the hardware channel which today moves $100B+ of gear.
5. Software (ISV) Transformation Many traditional software companies have made the transition to a Model 4,5 or 6 business (See the first book: Fundamentals for more information). But for those who have not made the transition, this chapter highlights the key issues ISVs will have to address in four major areas.
6. Software (ISV) Distribution Traditional ISVs have made money deploying hardware and managing the ISV software. As the ISVs move to managing their own software in the cloud there are serious implications to the ISV channel. This chapter discusses what do next.
7. Cities The last three chapters are focused by industry and discuss the implications of using cloud technology to become the service company of the future. We use public safety since it’s an area many of us are familiar with, and the patterns developed here can be used in any industry.
8. High Tech Last generation architects were concerned with instruction sets, RAID configurations and firewalls. This generation of architects will not be focused on boxes, but services; not on just technology, but economics and not thinking horizontally but vertically. The previous Sun Microsystems’ tagline “The Network is the Computer”, could not be truer.
9. Healthcare No other single industry is more poised to take advantage of cloud computing than healthcare. With new data sources emerging such as wearables and gene sequencers, along with the increasing cost of delivering healthcare, its pertinent we consider how technology can transform this business.

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