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Book review - Building and Managing a Cloud using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Building and Managing a Cloud Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

4 November 2013

UKOUG members, Oti Ometie of City Building (Glasgow) LLP, Brett Williams of Trinity College Dublin and Jonathan Whitehead of University of Sheffield review this book on behalf of other UKOUG members.

Each year McGraw Hill offer our members free books in return for an honest review of the content.

One of the books available to our members for review this year was Building and Managing a Cloud Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c by Madhup Gulati, Adeesh Fulay and Sudip Datta.

Read our members' reviews of this book below to decide whether or not it will be worth your investment in this title.

Oti Ometie of City Building (Glasgow) LLP gave this book 4 out of 5 stars

I found this book to be quite useful.

The first chapter was a bit of a marketing spiel, as is to be expected, if you manage to work you way through that you get to the gold.
It takes the reader through the history of cloud computing,explains the various models and then goes into the pros of using the cloud. This is a great way to introduce the newbie to the concept of the cloud.

The following chapters then go into details on planning, architecture and self provisioning which I actually found useful as I'm planning to present a proposal to my organization on this.

Finally the last couple of chapters go into further details on Iaas, Dbaas and Paas and close with chargeback and case studies.

It's a great book if you have an Oracle centric architecture managed with EM12C.

A nice way to understand Oracle's version of the cloud and how to implement it

Brett Williams of Trinity College Dublin gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

I found this book extremely helpful in gaining a good foundation to Cloud Computing and infrastructure. It starts off with a good generic background into the main components of Cloud Computing, Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service and a brief intro to Database-as-a-Service which is explained in more detail further on in the book.

I found the foundational concepts in the introduction to be well-written, descriptive but not overly verbose. It gave me a good feel for what Cloud Computing is all about and why organisations can benefit. The book makes a good case for this and the underlying consolidation and cost-savings benefits.

What I especially liked later in the book was the description of new person roles in the cloud environment and the suggested people and skills mix that can be sourced from existing IT people roles.

The later chapters cover each topic in detail, e.g. Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Database-as-a-Service and how Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c allows the Cloud Administrators to create and manage a complex environment of many virtual servers, databases etc. The book also expounded on the benefits of Self-Service, a hallmark of cloud computing and how this can be accomplished by Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. There are excellent diagrams of the plan, develop, test, implement cycles and roles and responsibilities of cloud administrators and self-service users.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to understand and implement cloud computing and how to accomplish this using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. The book is well-organised and explains the subject in an easy-to-understand manner.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review, though I would unreservedly recommend this book.

Jonathan Whitehead of University of Sheffield gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

I found the book Building and Managing a Cloud using OEM 12c an excellent introduction to the concept of creating an enterprise cloud. The book first introduces you to the cloud paradigm and then guides you through the process of building your own cloud provision using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to facilitate the different cloud delivery models (SaaS, Paas, and Iaas). To wrap it up the author runs through some real life case studies demonstrating how organisations have used OEM 12c to deliver cloud computing solutions.


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