The Top 5 Must-Read Cloud Migration Books

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Planning the right cloud strategy can be difficult. Here are some cloud computing eBooks to guide you.

Given the hype surrounding cloud migration, it may seem like shifting your workloads to the cloud should be a cakewalk. However, in order to best leverage the cloud, IT decision makers need to closely examine their current infrastructure and business objectives, and then determine which public, private, or hybrid cloud solutions meet their needs. If you don’t plan the migration well, shifting to the cloud could turn out to be a much costlier and riskier project than your company had expected.

In order to work out a solid cloud migration strategy, don’t just count on your gut instincts or quick wits. We suggest that you take the time the time to read one or more of the following top books on cloud migration. They include current best practices, successful and not-so-successful use cases, technical diagrams, and business analysis. Cloud migration is too important to just “wing it.”

1. The Enterprise Cloud: Best Practices for Transforming Legacy IT
By James Bond

No, not 007. This Bond, a chief technology officer at Hewlett Packard, offers useful guidance based on his field experience with customers and cloud providers. He approaches this 396-page book from the perspective of an owner of an enterprise and offers successful and not-so-successful use cases that will help CIOs make the right business and technical decisions for their migration projects. Bond also provides a nifty best practices checklist that highlights trends and explains definitions in cloud computing.

2. Transitioning the Enterprise to the Cloud: A Business Approach
By Edward Mahon

Edward Mahon, the CIO of Kent State University, identifies the costs, complexities, risks, and benefits of building a cloud strategy. Written for a practitioner, this 178-page book dives into the mysteries of the cloud, provides a business perspective of how it can be used, and suggests several potential cloud transition scenarios. Tucked into this slim book are Mahon’s thoughts on the debate between IT leaders on whether the cloud enables the implementation and management of technology services or if it actually inhibits the process.

3. Cloud Computing: From Beginning to End
By Ray J. Rafaels

Ray J. Rafael puts his 20 years of experience as an IT manager to good use with a relatively brief guide on the details, strategies, and technical design of how public and private clouds work. Readers should come away with a better understanding of cloud technology and the steps required to quickly reap its benefits while at the same time lowering their IT implementation risks.

4. The Great Cloud Migration
By Michael C. Daconta

An IT pro for two decades, Michael Daconta wants to allay senior managers of their concerns about cloud security and interoperability. His 218-page effort goes a long way toward showing how the cloud works with relatable business scenarios, including real-world experiences, case studies, illustrative diagrams, and in-depth analysis. By explaining the options, tradeoffs, challenges, and obstacles in cloud migration, Daconta ultimately describes how organizations can develop their own cloud migration strategy.

5. Migrating Large-Scale Services to the Cloud
By Eric Passmore

Wondering what a successful cloud migration looks like? MSN’s Chief Technical Officer Eric Passmore paints that picture in this 122-page book. He describes the set of release, deployment, monitoring, and mitigation checklists used to build cloud services. The book is perfect for two types of readers: the businesses that need to be successful in the cloud in order to seize new business opportunities, and those that want a simple “how-to” guide on cloud migration. Know any other great books on cloud migration? We’d love to hear about them.

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