What's Size Got to Do with it?

What's Size Got to Do with it? : Understanding Computer Rightsizing

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"Whether your existing system is a standalone PC, a local area network (LAN), or a traditional host mainframe system, WHAT'S SIZE GOT TO DO WITH IT? will help guide you in finding the ""right size"" system for your particular needs. Complete with useful design checklists and templates, this book will be of value to students, technical managers, nonspecialist engineers, and information systems professionals."
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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 151.4 x 227.6 x 21.6mm | 567g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • glossary, bibliography, index
  • 0780310969
  • 9780780310964

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Technological advances and the ever-shifting demands of the global marketplace have created an environment in which computer systems become obsolete at an astonishing rate. This book presents an easy-to-read, commonsense approach for designing flexible computer systems that address future requirements. Whether your existing system is a stand-alone PC, several workstations connected to a local-area network (LAN), or a traditional monolithic mainframe, "What's Size Got to Do With It?" will help you determine the right-size system for your needs. This book will be of value to students, technical managers, computer-oriented engineers, and information systems professionals. Using a systems-engineering-based approach, this book provides a comprehensive overview with helpful case studies that illustrate specific applications. Key topics include: Multitiered client-server architecturesOpen-system development based upon international standardsHardware and software considerationsUpsizing, downsizing, rehosting, and samesizing migration strategiesA systems engineering approach covering the major life-cycle phasesDecision analysis methods for selecting among competing solutions.A list of rightsizing software applications and Internet/Intranet resources
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Table of contents

Preface. RIGHTSIZING OVERVIEW. Introduction and Overview. Systems Approach to Rightsizing. Downsizing Systems. Upsizing Systems. RIGHTSIZING SPECIFICS. Rightsizing Computer Hardware and Operating Systems. Rightsizing Applications Development. Rightsizing Networks. Rightsizing Systems. APPENDIXES AND REFERENCES. Internet Resource Guide. Rightsizing Tools Guide. Glossary. List of Acronyms. References. Index.
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About John Blyler

About the Authors... John E. Blyler has more than 15 years of experience as a systems engineer, serving in a variety of senior-level technical and management positions in government, university, and corporate environments. His expertise lies in the full life-cycle development, integration, and rightsizing of complex data acquisition and processing systems. He holds a B.S. degree in engineering physics (1982) and an M.S. degree in electronic engineering (1990). Mr. Blyler has published numerous technical papers and is a regular feature columnist for the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement (I & M) Society magazine. He is both author and instructor of short courses in systems engineering and computer technology. Gary A. Ray has served in a broad range of technical positions in government, university, and corporate environments for more than 18 years. His expertise includes the analysis, design, development, and integration of software networks, primarily in UNIX and PC environments. He holds a B.S. degree (1978) and a Ph.D. (1985) in mathematics.
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