5 Must-Read Books on Cloud Computing (and 1 Bonus Book)

From beginner to expert, 5 great cloud computing booksThe cloud has rewritten the rules on computing—so it’s no surprise that everyone is writing a book about the cloud! With so many to choose from, however, we’ve made it easy by narrowing down your spring/summer reading list to five books—and one bonus book—that are real page-turners.

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As noted in the reviews, not all are appropriate for every reader, and will depend largely on your level of tech expertise (texpertise?). So without further ado, our top five.

Cloud Computing for Dummies is a great place to start.Cloud Computing for Dummies, Judith Hurwitz, Robin Bloor, Marcia Kaufman, Fern Halper

You’re probably familiar with the for Dummies series of books; there are now nearly 2,000 titles and over 300 million in print. They’ve tackled just about every topic you can think of, from car repair to Canadian wine. But the series has always been at its best when focusing on smartening up technophobes (after all, their very first book was DOS for Dummies in 1991). For the uninitiated, the for Dummies books are written by experts but injected with a sense of fun and edited down into digestible bites with bold headers and icons to break up the monotony. While the books assume the reader has absolutely no knowledge of the topic, it manages to educate without talking down. For those unfamiliar with cloud computing, this is a great place to start (the series has also more recently released Hybrid Cloud for Dummies and Virtualization for Dummies).

Cloud Computing Bible is great for intermediate learnersCloud Computing Bible, Barrie Sosinsky

Touting itself as “the book you need to succeed,” this book is the next logical step following Cloud Computing for Dummies. It’s too complex for the layman, yet probably will leave tech-savvy developers and experts wanting more. That’s not to say it’s short on content; at 532 pages, it’s one of the thicker books about cloud computing on the market and maybe even rivals some actual Bibles! Making it a true reference and resource manual, author Sosinsky wisely chose to divide the book into five sections: Examining the Value Proposition; Using Platforms; Exploring Cloud Infrastructures; Understanding Services and Applications; and Using the Mobile Cloud.

The CSA Guide is for experts, by expertsImplementing Cloud Privacy and Security, Raj Samani, Brian Honan, Jim Reavis

Here’s where we move beyond the basics and into a more specialized cloud computing arena, fit for the IT professional. The book is sponsored by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a not-for-profit organization with over 80,000 members worldwide; the group rose to prominence after their annual summit was chosen by the American Presidential Administration as the venue in which the federal government’s cloud computing strategy would be revealed. With a mission of “promoting the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing,” the book accordingly focuses on issues of privacy and security, and how to overcome these challenges (perhaps the top two issues most likely to hold an organization back from adopting a cloud-based strategy). In the chapter “Dark Clouds,” the book delves into planning for a security breach, and further chapters tackle compliance and regulatory issues.

Cloudonomics is a popuar must-read for everyone involved in cloud computing.Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, Joe Weinman

Appearing on countless “must-read” lists related to cloud computing, Cloudonomics has received rave reviews from CEOs and academics alike and even acquired kudos from Allan Leinwand, former CTO for Zynga. Cloudonomics is a comprehensive look at cloud computing, and is responsible for first establishing the “10 Laws of Cloudonomics,” all of which remain the foundation of cloud computing today. The book is ideal for executives, practitioners, and strategists across any industry, and clearly illustrates how organizations must adapt to survive: “ultimately, the cloud is the latest example of Schumpeterian creative destruction,” writes Weinman. “[it is] creating wealth for those who exploit it and leading to the demise of those that don’t.”

The Great Cloud MigrationThe Great Cloud Migration, Michael C. Daconta

You know the numbers: today, organizations of all sizes, across all industries, are making the move to the cloud. This “great migration” is discussed in depth in Michael Daconta’s book, which covers a total of twenty migration strategies that each follow the author’s “Triple-A” strategy, consisting of Assessment, Architecture, and Action. Daconta, the author of 11 other technical books, guides readers through cloud migration via his real-world experiences, case studies, and highly-detailed illustrations.

There you have it: your spring/summer reading list! Whether you’re reading up to better understand this new technology revolution or are actively considering adopting a cloud-based strategy, DSM—Florida’s Preferred Cloud Provider—is here to help (and while we promised him we wouldn’t plug his book, we promised you a bonus book! So don’t forget to check out Invisibilify by DSM’s own Brian Sallee—at just 84 pages, it’s a quick read for the cloud computing novice!)

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