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Cloud Computing: Assessing Azure, Amazon EC2, Google App Engine and Hadoop for IT Decision Making and Developer Career Growth


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By: Paul Tepper Fisher
ISBN: 1430227249
February 2010 | 400 pages


This book is an industry-leading primer on cloud computing: its background, the purpose it serves, how the cloud can be best utilized, which platforms offer which features, and how to get started. Cloud computing is one of today’s most interesting technologies, but remains a bit mercurial and mysterious. It can mean a lot of different things to different people. By tracing several real-world scenarios—from the requirement gathering through the design, coding, and deployment phases—this book will give you a clear understanding of what it takes to build and deploy a successful, scalable application that leverages cloud computing platforms and tools.

About the Author

Paul Tepper Fisher first started working in technology at Johns Hopkins University, where he spent several years developing a distance learning application for neuroscience while completing graduate school there. He has founded two technology startups: SmartPants Media, Inc., a software development company specializing in interactive multimedia technology; and dialmercury.com, which develops telephony applications using VOIP and Java. Currently, Mr. Fisher is manager of technology at Wired.com, where he leads the software development team for the online publication of Wired.com, webmonkey.com, and howto.wired.com, using Spring, Grails, and Java technology.