Cloud computing is taking the technology industry by storm. The cloud is growing by 28% on average every year and was worth $110 billion in 2015. With this pace of expansion, just about every professional will interact with the cloud at some point. So if you are looking to brush up on cloud knowledge, become an expert or simply learn more about a thriving technology sector, there are books to help you.
But you don’t want just any book about cloud computing. In an age when you can Google the best tacos or toothbrushes, you wouldn’t settle for less than the best in cloud literature either. These are six of the best cloud computing books on the market. We analyzed their popularity on Amazon, their reviews, and reached out to their authors for the reasons every cloud aficionado should include these books in their library. The books will hopefully improve your understanding of cloud computing, its place in the economy and how it can be integrated and used in a business context.
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1. Cloud Computing: From Beginning to End
By Ray J. Rafaels
Published April 2015
Popular seller on Amazon and great for beginners, experts and business owners alike
Ray J. Rafaels writes about the technical and business aspects of the cloud. He covers the history of cloud computing, how an organization can leverage it to improve IT performance, and how cloud computing works in descriptive depth. This book provides a good balance of both technical and easy-to-understand methodology.
Here’s what Rafaels had to say about his work:
“There is a detailed discussion on the security issues related to cloud technology and very insightful examples that federal agencies and commercial enterprises can rapidly put to practical use. There is a section on analyzing the return on investment of migrating enterprise applications to the cloud and linking KPIs to business/mission outcomes. The illustrations are clear and concise including summary tables that illustrate the similarities and differences of cloud architectures.”
2. Cloud Computing: A Hands-On Approach
By Arshdeep BAhga and Vijay Madisetti
Published December 2013
Reviewers of the book rave about the informal tone and applicable concepts.
With a perspective of real-world examples, this book, by Arshdeep Bahga and Vijay Madisetti, gives context for a better understanding of how cloud computing applies to business. Essentially a workbook, it lets readers test their knowledge. The authors wanted to build upon existing cloud textbooks, so they instead focus on helping readers develop their skills in a variety of cloud platforms. From the authors:
“Through generous use of hundreds of figures and tested code samples, we have attempted to provide a rigorous ‘no hype’ guide to cloud computing. We adopted an informal approach to describing well-known concepts primarily because these topics are covered well in existing textbooks, and our focus instead is on getting the reader firmly on track to developing robust cloud applications as opposed to more theory.”
“Cloud Computing Design Patterns offers in-depth insight into the moving parts that comprise cloud environments, such as public and private clouds, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. They further formalize established architecture models pertaining to elasticity, resilience, multitenancy and various aspects of cloud security. The summarized profiles of all cloud computing design patterns and their associated mechanisms is openly available at www.cloudpatterns.org.”
3. & .4 Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture and Cloud Computing Design Patterns
By Thomas Erl and others
Published May 2013 and June 2015
Incredibly popular for students, professionals and general interest readers
These books, written by Thomas Erl and a team of cloud computing experts and researchers, are companion texts that discuss cloud infrastructure, design and practical application. These textbooks approach the subject in an academic manner, clearly defining the lessons to be gained, and are some of the leading educational sources about cloud computing.
The first book, Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture, is a comprehensive introduction to cloud computing, while the second, Cloud Computing Design Patterns, provides a master design pattern catalog for cloud computing. Erl offered this description:
“In Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture [we sought] to break down proven and mature cloud computing technologies and practices into a series of well-defined concepts, models, technology mechanisms, and technology architectures, all from an industry-centric and vendor-neutral point of view. In doing so, the book establishes concrete, academic coverage with a focus on structure, clarity, and well-defined building blocks for mainstream cloud computing platforms and solutions.”
5. Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing
By Joe Weinman
Published July 2012
This text is frequently listed among the top books for understanding the cloud beyond its computing requirements.
The cloud is not just a digital concept affecting IT professionals, but also an important idea being considered by business owners and other executives. From a profit point of view, the cloud can have a tremendous effect on how a business is run and what the outcomes will be. Joe Weinman wrote this book to explain how the cloud transformed from a concern in the backroom to a discussion topic in the boardroom.
His dynamic approach teaches how to leverage the cloud for business purposes and its effect on all departments and functions. Weinman had this to say:
“This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the economics and business value of cloud computing, and even though technology continues to evolve, the analyses are timeless. It addresses the logic, factors, and trends that impact decisions such as when to use the public cloud and when not to. I predicted per-minute billing, public service providers expanding into private implementations, dynamic pricing, and sustained-use pricing, and the book, despite a fair bit of math, is very understandable because I uses a broad range of analogies such as the Roman roads, rental car decision logic, strategies for playing tennis, dice rolls, and even pollen grains to illustrate my points.”
6. Amazon Web Services for Dummies
By Bernard Golden
Published September 2013
One of the first guides and leading authorities about the subject
In the well-known format of presenting a topic in its most basic form comes this look at Amazon Web Services. As the most popular cloud platform, AWS should be understood by most any user. Still, author Bernard Golden walks readers through the foundations of the platform and how to make the most of its ecosystem.
As one of the best-selling books about cloud computing and AWS specifically, readers can join the thousands of users taking advantage of Amazon’s wildly successful cloud platform. Golden gave us this synopsis:
“AWS is changing the face of the IT industry. AWS for Dummies is a great introduction and overview to the service, explaining why Amazon launched the service and how its features and scale uniquely reflect Amazon’s way of doing business. The book also provides information on most of the AWS services, explaining their functionality and how they operate. Finally, AWS for Dummies includes a hands-on section to help readers really come to grips with the service.”