Category Archives: O’Reilly

[EN] New Book on the shelf. From James Bond.

BOOK__TheEnterpriseCloudByJamesBondFew days ago I got a present. The new book about Cloud Architecture. This book has been written by Bond. James Bond. But of course James Bond know everything about SPECTRE but have no experience with Cloud. The real James Bond is a Chief Technology Officer at Hewlett-Packard (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) with a lot of experience with The Cloud. I found very good opinions about this book: 4,8/5 stars at O’Reilly and 4,7/5 stars at Amazon. As we can read on last page:

Despite the buzz surrounding the cloud computing, only a small percentage of organizations have actually deployed this new style of IT—so far. If you’re planning your long-term cloud strategy, this practical book provides insider knowledge and actionable real-world lessons regarding planning, design, operations, security, and application transformation. This book teaches business and technology managers how to transition their organization’s traditional IT to cloud computing. Rather than yet another book trying to sell or convince readers on the benefits of clouds, this book provides guidance, lessons learned, and best practices on how to design, deploy, operate, and secure an enterprise cloud based on real-world experience.

Author James Bond provides useful guidance and best-practice checklists based on his field experience with real customers and cloud providers. You’ll view cloud services from the perspective of a consumer and as an owner/operator of an enterprise private or hybrid cloud, and learn valuable lessons from successful and less-than-successful organization use-case scenarios. This is the information every CIO needs in order to make the business and technical decisions to finally execute on their journey to cloud computing.

  • Get updated trends and definitions in cloud computing, deployment models, and for building or buying cloud services
  • Discover challenges in cloud operations and management not foreseen by early adopters
  • Use real-world lessons to plan and build an enterprise private or hybrid cloud
  • Learn how to assess, port, and migrate legacy applications to the cloud
  • Identify security threats and vulnerabilities unique to the cloud
  • Employ a cloud management system for your enterprise (private or multi-provider hybrid) cloud ecosystem
  • Understand the challenges for becoming an IT service broker leveraging the power of the cloud

And of course few words about author – James Bond:

James Bond is a Chief Technologist for the HPCloud business unit.  He provides cloudbusiness strategy and technical guidance, solution architecture, and transitionplanning to Fortune 100 and Government customers in North America.  Bond’s role is to educate customers andindustry on the transition from legacy enterprise IT to private, hybrid andbrokering cloud environments.  He is acloud keynote presenter at numerous customer and industry conferences acrossthe U.S.

With more than 25 years experience in public andprivate sectors, Bond was an early pioneer in the design and deployment of Infrastructure,Software, and Platform as a Service offerings—long before the term cloudcomputing was coined.  His background indata centers, LAN/WAN systems design, software development, and ISP/ASPmanagement were precursors to his current focus on cloud computing.  Bond is well known on the industry and withinHP as an expert resource of real-world cloud design and deployment experiencehaving successfully deployed cloud environments for some of the largest U.S.Government customers.

Before joining HP, Bond was a Vice Presidentwith Apptix, a leading commercial Software as a Service provider, where hearchitected and managed some of the largest SaaS deployments in the UnitedStates.  Past industry experienceincludes Chief Technology Officer for IceWEB, Vice President of SteelCloud, andpositions with Electronic Data Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, andComputer Data Systems.

Bond holds a Bachelor’s degree in ComputerScience from the University of Maryland. He authors numerous technical white papers and is finalizing his firstbook—on cloud computing.  He is avolunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in his spare time and currentlyresides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I will start to read this book soon, and I hope to give five start after reading.

And here are links for:

  • O’Reilly bookstore page
  • Amazon bookstore page
  • Author’s LinkedIn profile

Post Scriptum:

Only one bad feeling about this book. And it is for O’Reilly: this book – even brand new doesn’t smell. And because I love Smells of The New Book – I’m really dissapointed…

[EN] Neverending free-ebook-story (part6)

New post from my irregular series. Have you got/bookmark/read all books from my previous lists five parts: 1 2 3 4 5? Even if not, get the new books quickly. Today I want to share links for few new and few-almost-new books. In first part three great titles from Microsoft Press from brand new and hot Microsoft Azure Essentials series:

BOOKLETS__MAE_FundamentalsOfAzureMAE: Fundamentals of Azure {LINK}
Michael S. Collier, Robin E. Shahan
This ebook focuses on providing essential information about the key services of Azure for developers and IT professionals who are new to cloud computing. Detailed, step-by-step demonstrations are included to help the reader understand how to get started with each of the key services. This material is useful not only for those who have no prior experience with Azure, but also for those who need a refresher and those who may be familiar with one area but not others. Each chapter is standalone; there is no requirement that you perform the hands-on demonstrations from previous chapters to understand any particular chapter.

BOOKLETS__MAE_AzureAutomationMAE: Azure Automation {LINK}
Michael McKeown
This ebook introduces a fairly new feature of Microsoft Azure called Azure Automation. Using a highly scalable workflow execution environment, Azure Automation allows you to orchestrate frequent deployment and life cycle management tasks using runbooks based on Windows PowerShell Workflow functionality. These runbooks are stored in and backed up by Azure. By automating runbooks, you can greatly minimize the occurrence of errors when carrying out repeated tasks and more.

BOOKLETS__MAE_AzureMachineLearningMAE: Azure Machine Learning {LINK}
Jeff Barnes 
Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (ML) is a service that a developer can use to build predictive analytics models (using training datasets from a variety of data sources) and then easily deploy those models for consumption as cloud web services. Azure ML Studio provides rich functionality to support many end-to-end workflow scenarios for constructing predictive models, from easy access to common data sources, rich data exploration and visualization tools, application of popular ML algorithms, and powerful model evaluation, experimentation, and web publication tooling.

All three books are available for download, but only first in all three formats (as PDF, Mobi and ePub), second and third are available only in PDF format by the Microsoft Virtual Academy

In second part are for dummies. Two short book from very popular series, however each for different audience:

BOOKLET__Wiley_VulnerabilityManagementVulnerability Management for Dummies {LINK}
by Qualys Limited Edition
Inside you’ll discover how to protect your network and data—preventing attacks with a successful vulnerability management program—so you can: • Find and fix threats—with a 10-point checklist for removing vulnerabilities from your key resources • Understand key steps and essential best practices of successful vulnerability management • Select an appropriate solution—with reviews of various options including the pros and cons of each.

BOOKLET__SharePointForDummiesSharePoint RBS, Backup and Archiving for Dummies {LINK}
Ken Withee, Trevor Hellebuyck, Paul LaPorte 
The amount of content within an organization is staggering—and with SharePoint, you can enlist a number of strategies to deal it. In this Dummies Guide, you’ll explore what large content means to SharePoint and how you can use Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) and Shredded Storage options to manage large and complex content. You’ll learn: • The many ways SharePoint growth impacts performance • The danger of solely relying on Microsoft’s storage guidance .

Last, but not least in third part from O’Reilly:

BOOKLET__OReily_GraphDatabasesGraph Databases {LINK}
Ian Robinson, Jim Webber, Emil Eifrém
Graph Databases, published by O’Reilly Media, discusses the problems that are well aligned with graph databases, with examples drawn from practical, real-world use cases. This book also looks at the ecosystem of complementary technologies, highlighting what differentiates graph databases from other database technologies, both relational and NOSQL.

And one special reissued, but new book:

Creating-Mobile-Apps-with-Xamarin.Forms-Preview-Ed-2-108x132pxCreating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition 2 {LINK}
Charles Petzold
This second Preview Edition ebook, now with 16 chapters, is about writing applications for Xamarin.Forms, the new mobile development platform for iOS, Android, and Windows phones unveiled by Xamarin in May 2014. Xamarin.Forms lets you write shared user-interface code in C# and XAML that maps to native controls on these three platforms..

[EN] Neverending free-ebook-story (part2)

This will be a short irregular series. Not every Thursday, but on Thursdays I will try to write about interesting books, which I found for free. Of course they are in digital form, but is not bad news. I travelling very often, and I always have physical book with me (for pleasure of pure reading and for safety of my eyes) but one book for one or twoo weeks trip is not enough. Those books I ordered in O’Reilly Media Store about week ago. All are free: in minimum three formats (ePub, Mobi, PDF), some of them in Daisy version too. This time they came from two series.

First series is called: Technical Overview and I found three books:

Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
FORMAT: Send Ebook |  ePub  Mobi  PDF 
By Mitch Tulloch With The System Center Team, Symon Perriman
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: December 2013 | LINK

Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals
FORMAT: Send Ebook |  DAISY  ePub  Mobi  PDF 
By Mitch Tulloch
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: November 2013 | LINK

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2
FORMAT: Send Ebook |  DAISY  ePub  Mobi  PDF 
Mitch Tulloch
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: October 2013 | LINK


Second series is more advanced view for part of Microsoft System Center environment and I found three books:

Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller
FORMAT: Send Ebook |  DAISY  ePub  Mobi  PDF 
By Yung Chou, Keith Mayer
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: November 2013 | LINK

Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience
FORMAT: Send Ebook |  DAISY  ePub  Mobi  PDF 
By Rushi Faldu, Manish Raval, Brandon Linton, Kaushal Pandey
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: October 2013 | LINK

Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks
FORMAT: Send Ebook |  DAISY  ePub  Mobi  PDF 
By David Ziembicki, Aaron Cushner, Andreas Rynes
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: September 2013 | LINK

Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager
FORMAT: Send Ebook |  DAISY  ePub  Mobi  PDF 
By Thomas Ellermann, Kathleen Wilson, Karsten Nielsen, John Clark
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: December 2013| LINK

Microsoft System Center: Troubleshooting Configuration Manager
FORMAT: Send Ebook |  DAISY  ePub  Mobi  PDF 
By Rushi Faldu, Manoj Kumar Pal, Andre Della Monica, Kaushal Pandey
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: November 2013 | LINK


Never ending story? I hope so!

[EN] Neverending free-ebook-story (part1)

Last Saturday I wrote about Deal of the Day {LINK} and four free books – arround security -  from Apress. Yesterday editor on portal (biggest IT Pro Community Portal in Poland) accepted my very old publication (from 2012… yes, 2012 year). Strangely this book was about security too, and it’s still available on another publisher site – O’Reilly:

By Mitch Tulloch
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: March 2012
Last update: May 2013

I back to this shop, looked for my account and downloaded this book again. Near this position on site I found another one interesting book – not connected with Microsoft stuff.

By Kathy Walrath, Seth Ladd
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Ebook: March 2012
Pages: 20


But of course I cannot keep this information privatelly: Those publications are still free and here is the full list (booklets):

By Kraig Brockschmidt
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: November 2012
Pages: 833

By Jerry Honeycutt
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: November 2012


By Ross Mistry, Stacia Misner
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: March 2012
Pages: 250

Last one (Introducing Windows Server 2012) has been replaced with new Windows Server 2012 R2 version.

By Mitch Tulloch
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Released: October 2013
Pages: 242

Go, Log In, Buy for free and use in ePUB, mobi, PDF and Daisy formats.

PS. next post about books on Thursday – stay tuned!

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