3 Books on Cloud Computing That Every CIO Needs to Read

Understanding the infamous “cloud” can be tricky. But withAdobeStock_96376485 its rising popularity, and criticality to the modern business world, it’s a topic you should be familiar with. No matter what stage of the cloud journey you are in, or how much you already know, there is always something new to learn.

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That is why we have compiled a list of the 3 best cloud computing books. The reading list below should provide helpful insight into the cloud and will help you better understand your cloud provider (if and when you choose one).


book 2Cloud Computing 2nd Edition: 2018 by Ray Rafaels

“After reading this book, you will have a much better understanding of cloud technology and the steps required to quickly reap its benefits while at the same time lowering your IT implementation risk.”  

Why should you read this book? Well, the summary tells you exactly why. It’s for those with a relatively good grip on technology (like CIO’s, Senior IT engineers, IT management, etc.) but need more of a walk-through on cloud computing specifically, and strategies surrounding it. After reading this book you should feel as though you have a better grasp on cloud computing as a whole.

Having spent over 20 years in IT, Ray Rafaels has the experience and knowledge in cloud computing to give readers a well-written, easy read, that will further their knowledge on the subject.  


book 3Advances in Big Data and Cloud Computing (Advances in Intelligent Systems and   Computing) by Elijah Blessing Rajsingh (Editor), Jey Veerasamy (Editor), Amir H. Alavi (Editor), J. Dinesh Peter (Editor)

With chapters ranging from “an Ontology-Based Approach for Automatic Cloud Service Monitoring and Management” to Asymmetric Addition Chaining Cryptographic Algorithm (ACCA) for Data Security in Cloud, this book is not only the longest, but is also the most advanced and diverse one on the list.

Why should you read this book? With topics like: big data analytics, cloud computing, the Internet of Nano things, cloud security, data analytics in the cloud, smart cities and grids, etc., you can learn a lot about a lot within its 400+ pages. While it may seem daunting, it really is a great read for IT professionals that want to expand their knowledge. The technology world should be working together across specialties to make the world, and the technology that runs it, a better, safer, faster, and more intelligent place.

With editors that are at the top of their departments at Universities around the world, this book has a wealth of resources to back-up their data.

Elijah Blessing Rajsingh is currently the Registrar of Karunya University, Coimbatore, India.

Jey Veerasamy is Director of the Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach and a member of the teaching faculty at the Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas, USA.

Amir H. Alavi is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program.

J. Dinesh Peter is currently working with the Department of Computer Sciences Technology at Karunya University, Coimbatore.

This book is for those IT professionals/CIO’s that love to learn. Because it is not simply on cloud computing, it isn’t a must-read because of that topic specifically. This is a book you should read to expand your horizons, learn from subject-matter-experts, and further understand how these new technologies are connected.  


book 1Explain the Cloud Like I'm 10  by Todd Hoff

“Why learn about the cloud? It’s the future. The cloud is the future of software, the future of computing, and the future of business. If you’re not up on the cloud the future will move on without you. Don’t miss out.”

This book is for our beginners out there. Todd Hoff has been a programmer for more than 30 years. He knows the ins and outs of technology and has worked in Silicon Valley his entire career. He has taught classes in the past, and currently runs a technology blog. All of this leads to his ability to write this book that, as it says in the title, explains the cloud in a way that a 10-year-old could understand.

Why should you read this? Well, if you’re a beginner this is where you should start. How could you possibly understand a subject if you don’t even know the basics? It would be like trying to write a blog without knowing the alphabet. That’s why we recommend this book as a good starting point (plus it has pictures). If you already understand the concept of the cloud, this one is not for you.


As always, if these books aren’t your cup of tea, or you need more information, please reach out to us. We have experts in-house that can answer any of your cloud questions with a free IT consultation. Additionally, if you are ready to make a move to the cloud, DSM can handle that too. As Florida’s predictable cloud provider, we have offerings that are designed for business, healthcare, and government, meeting compliance standards and exceeding industry standards for uptime and recovery. Interested in learning more? Speak with one of our IT experts today.

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