Book Review: Getting Started with Citrix CloudPortal

I was given the chance to review a book by a member on LinkedIn about Citrix Cloud Computing and a couple of the products that the have created to put this in place.

Click here for a link to the book: Getting Started with Citrix CloudPortal

About the book
The book is well written so that it is easy to read and therefore concentrate on the content. The book is laid out in an logical chapters surrounding the products and their features. The book looks at implementing Citrix Cloud Services Manager and Citrix Cloud Business Manager.

During the chapters the topics of installation prerequisites, installation, configuring and deployment are covered. Billing and reporting follow along once install along with management of the systems.

The book provides diagrams, where required, to graphically represent the text in an easy to understand format.

Overall Thoughts
I would recommend the book as a good starting point to the subject of Cloud Computing and as an installation guide for the two products. I would suggest this book is suitable for system admins and managers with some knowledge of the subject working in IT. The book comes in both paper and eBook formats which makes it very portable.

About Chris Ainger

I have been working in IT since 1998 in the Public Housing Sector. I have worked with Citrix since 2003 in the days of Citrix Metaframe XP 1.0 FR2. Since then I have been through the processes of upgrading to Presentation Server 4.0 with a farm of around 150 servers. Since then I have helped create a farm of around 200 servers using XenApp 6.0 on VMware 4.1. This was a great experience which has only increased during the upgrades of the environment for out 2000+ users. All of our clients are the WYSE 10 series using ThinOS which I have helped configure for individual users from a central location making administration very simple. I gained my CCA qualification in XenApp 6.0 in January 2012. I am a big fan of SolarWinds also, which is a great monitoring tool. It is very versatile with a small footprint of resource usage on the targeted devices. I am currently designing the interfaces for the IT department for daily use and also a Service view for the Support Desk Team. I am also a keen fisherman, having restarted again after 20 years. I set myself yearly targets to try to complete which makes this more interesting and belong to several forums of other like-minded folks. I, on occasion, fly fish for trout as a treat once in a while or when the fridge gets empty and also sea fly fish for bass and mullet. My main area is sea fishing from either beach, harbour wall or pier. There are so many species of fish to catch around the UK that you can mix up the locations to try something different.

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