Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller

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We’re very excited to announce another free ebook offering in our System Center series from Microsoft Press. These unique (and free) ebooks bring System Center experts together to discuss designing, deploying, and  troubleshooting some of the most complex and mission critical aspects of key System Center capabilities.

The fourth title in this series, Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller (ISBN 9780735683082) by Yung Chou and Keith Mayer, and the System Center series editor Mitch Tulloch, is now available.

Taken from the book's Introduction, here is how the authors describe the content of this particular title.


Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 App Controller is uniquely positioned as both an enabler and a self-service vehicle for connecting clouds and implementing the hybrid computing model. In Microsoft’s cloud computing solutions, both System Center and Windows Azure play critical roles. System Center can be used to transform enterprise IT from a device-based infrastructure and deployment strategy to a service-based user-centric consumption model based on private cloud computing. Windows Azure on the other hand is a subscription-based public cloud platform that enables the development, deployment, and management of cloud solutions. App Controller is the glue that unifies these two platforms by providing a single interface that enables administrators to perform complex operations without overwhelming them with the underlying technical complexities involved.

This book serves as an introduction to implementing and managing the hybrid computing solutions using App Controller. It describes the basic concepts, processes, and operations involved in connecting, consuming, and managing resources that are deployed both on and off premises. Each chapter provides a concise, self-contained walkthrough for a specific aspect of managing private, public, and hybrid clouds using App Controller.

While cloud computing is still evolving, the hybrid approach will likely continue to emerge as the go-to IT computing model for the foreseeable future. Using App Controller to strategically connect both on-premises System Center private clouds with off-premises deployments in both Windows Azure and third-party cloud hosting providers enables new scenarios, develops new possibilities, and offers exciting new opportunities that can help IT transition better into the next generation of enterprise computing.