Cloud Operations
Michele Alessandrini, Mauro Medda, James Ward
  • MEAP began July 2020
  • Publication in Spring 2021 (estimated)
  • ISBN 9781617296833
  • 350 pages (estimated)
  • printed in black & white

A must read for anyone who wants to understand what goes into cloud operations.

Kumar Unnikrishnan
Moving to a cloud platform like AWS or Azure only pays off if you know how to take advantage of the promised improvements in cost, speed, security, and reliability. Cloud Operations provides expert guidance for maximizing the payoff in selecting and running your data center in the cloud. Drawing on the experience of three cloud experts, it presents the approaches and patterns you need to operate consistently in a cloud environment, how to properly monitor and audit your cloud, and how DevOps, SRE and PlatformOps can help make your adoption successful.

About the Technology

The benefits of cloud platforms are clear. If properly established and maintained, you can spin up new server resources instantly, rapidly scaling (and descaling) to adjust to market changes, align with your business' strategy, and save cost by using only the resources you need. Left ungoverned, however, cloud adoptions quickly become expensive and unwieldy. To take full advantage of the cloud's boosts to productivity, reliability, and cost-effectiveness, you must establish a proper operations plan.

About the book

Cloud Operations teaches you to maximize the potential and minimize the cost of a cloud platform by establishing a well-formed operations plan. It takes core pillars of the cloud like security and networking, and distils them into need-to-know essentials that are easy and pivotal to apply during your cloud adoption. You'll learn to scale cloud operations using a modern PlatformOps framework and avoid the forgotten issues that cause failures or side effects. By following the holistic approach to CloudOps laid out in this book, you'll ensure your organization's cloud is smooth, healthy, and free of expensive errors.
Table of Contents detailed table of contents

1 Begin with cloud operations

1.1 Why should I read this book?

1.2 What is cloud computing?

1.3 What are cloud operations?

1.3.1 Cloud operations vs. IT operations

1.3.2 A cloud operations culture

1.4 Our journey into cloud operations

1.4.1 The different domains of cloud operations

1.4.2 Effort over time

1.5 Summary

2 The first proof of concept

2.1 The cloud journey begins

2.1.1 Day 1: open a cloud account

2.1.2 Day 1: Fast forward analysis

2.1.3 Day 1: Replay

2.2 The first resources

2.2.1 Public or not public

2.2.2 The journey of a command

2.3 Building a secure environment

2.3.1 Security so far

2.3.2 Enable logging

2.4 Financial control

2.4.1 Day 30

2.4.2 Day 30: Replay

2.5 Final thoughts

2.5.1 The next part

2.6 Exercises

2.7 Summary

3 Networking and Infrastructure Operations

4 Security Operations

4.1 The north stars

4.1.1 Shared security model

4.1.2 Least privilege and separation of duties

4.2 Cloud Security Principles

4.2.1 Encryption of data

4.2.2 Identity and access management

4.2.3 Separation between production and non-production

4.2.4 Governance framework

4.2.5 Secure management: console and integration points

4.2.6 Audit information provision

4.3 Secure by design

4.3.1 Role or capability

4.3.2 The day by day

4.4 Exercises

4.5 Summary

5 Financial Operations

5.1The pay-as-you-go model

5.2 Finance operations (FinOps)

5.2.1 Inform

5.2.2 Optimize

5.2.3 Operate

5.3 Exercises

5.4 Summary

6 Going Multi-Cloud

7 Platform Ops

8 Taking Your Organization’s DevOps Initiative to the Next Level

9 Cloud Adoption

What's inside

  • Foundational cloud operations
  • Security principles for the cloud
  • Cost-by-design approach
  • Implementing a multi-cloud strategy
  • Scaling cloud operations through PlatformOps
  • Exercises to test your knowledge
  • Pseudocode examples

About the reader

For developers who know cloud and networking basics.

About the authors

Michele Alessandrini is responsible for Cloud Adoption, DevOps and SRE teams for Yoox Net-A-Porter Group, the world's leading online luxury fashion retailer. He has more than 18 years of experience in the IT industry, including at Amazon Web Services. Mauro Medda is the manager of the DevOps product platform at Emirates Group in Dubai. He is passionate about automation and productivity. James Ward has over 20 years of experience in ICT specializing in networking, infrastructure and security. He has worked internationally across a broad range of sectors including financial services, scientific research, education and defense industries.

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