The Essential Cloud Management Books for Cloud and IT Professionals

The Essential Cloud Management Books for Cloud and IT Professionals

Solutions Review compiles the most essential books on cloud management that any cloud or IT professional needs to add to their reading list.

Is your business running applications and workflows in the cloud? Are you a cloud professional who wants to brush up their cloud management knowledge? Books, whether hardcover or digital, are an excellent source for people looking to learn about a specific field of technology, and cloud management is no exception. We’ve listed the top cloud management books that you should add to your reading list. These books are intended for beginners and experts alike and are written by authors with proficiency and/or recognition in the field of cloud management.

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Amazon Web Services in Action

by Andreas Wittig and Michael Wittig

Amazon Web Services in Action, Second Edition is a comprehensive introduction to deploying web applications in the AWS cloud. You’ll find clear, relevant coverage of all essential AWS services, with a focus on automation, security, high availability, and scalability. This thoroughly revised edition covers the latest additions to AWS, including serverless infrastructure with AWS Lambda, sharing data with EFS, and in-memory storage with ElastiCache.”


The Cloud Adoption Playbook

by Moe Abdula, Ingo Averdunk, Roland Barcia, Kyle Brown, and Ndu Emuchay

“As cloud technologies continue to challenge the fundamental understanding of how businesses work, smart companies are moving quickly to adapt to a changing set of rules. Adopting the cloud requires a clear roadmap backed by use cases, grounded in practical real-world experience, to show the routes to successful adoption. The Cloud Adoption Playbook helps business and technology leaders in enterprise organizations sort through the options and make the best choices for accelerating cloud adoption and digital transformation.”


Cloud Computing: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, Virtualization, Business Models, Mobile, Security and More

by Kris Jamsa

“Cloud computing is changing the way businesses and users interact with computers and mobile devices. Gone are the days of expensive data centers, racks of disk drives, and large IT support teams. In their place are software applications delivered to users on-demand from the cloud, high-capacity, auto-replicated, secure cloud-based disk-storage and databases, virtualized-server and desktop environments, and cloud-based collaboration tools which support on-premise-, remote-, and hybrid-team success.”


Cloud Computing Solutions Architect: A Hands-On Approach

by Arshdeep Bahga and Vijay Madisetti

“The typical reader is expected to have completed a couple of courses in programming […] and is either a senior or a beginning graduate student in one of the science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields. The reader is provided the necessary guidance and knowledge to develop working code for real-world cloud computing applications. Concurrent development of practical applications that accompanies traditional instructional material within the book further enhances the learning process, in our opinion.”


Cloud FinOps: Collaborative, Real-Time Cloud Financial Management

by J.R. Storment and Mike Fuller

“Drawing on real-world examples of successes and failures of large-scale cloud spenders, this book outlines a road map for building a culture of Cloud FinOps in your organization. Beginning with fundamental cloud billing concepts, tech execs, finance teams, DevOps leaders, and FinOps practitioners will learn how to build an efficient and effective FinOps machine.”


Google Cloud Platform: Learn Google Cloud Platform from the Scratch

by Adney Ainsley

“Google Cloud is growing quickly as companies increasingly adopt multi-cloud strategies. It was once again named a Leader in the 2019 Gartner Infrastructure as a Service Magic Quadrant, and demand for people with Google Cloud skills is running high. To meet this demand and help organizations identify knowledgeable talent, Google has created their Associate Cloud Engineer certification. This book is designed to give students the solid foundation of GCP capability that they will need to later build toward the Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect (PCA) certification.”

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Hands-On Cloud Administration in Azure

by Mustafa Toroman

“Azure continues to dominate the public cloud market and grow rapidly thanks to a number of recent innovations. […] Hands-On Cloud Administration in Azure starts with the basics of Azure cloud fundamentals and key concepts of the cloud computing ecosystem and services. Then, you will gradually get acquainted with core services provided by Azure, including Azure VNet, types and assignments of IP addresses, and network security groups.”


Mastering the Public Cloud

by Oliver Surdival

“If you are planning or implementing your organization journey to the cloud, then this book is for you. A practical roadmap that guides you through each stage of your cloud journey with real-life cloud projects and years of experience in developing cloud strategies, workload migrations, cloud management, optimization and governance. This book is for CIOs and business leaders, Managed Service Providers, Cloud Sales Consultants, and Students.


Migrating to AWS: A Manager’s Guide

by Jeff Armstrong

“Author Jeff Armstrong brings years of practical hands-on experience helping dozens of enterprises make this corporate change. You’ll explore real-world examples from many organizations that have made—or attempted to make—this wide-ranging transition. Once you read this guide, you’ll be better prepared to evaluate your migration objectively before, during, and after the process in order to ensure success.”


Practical Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

by Michał Tomasz Jakóbczykk

“Use this fast-paced and comprehensive guide to build cloud-based solutions on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You will understand cloud infrastructure, and learn how to launch new applications and move existing applications to Oracle Cloud. Emerging trends in software architecture are covered such as autonomous platforms, infrastructure as code, containerized applications, cloud-based container orchestration with managed Kubernetes, and running serverless workloads using open-source tools. Practical examples are provided.”


The Practice of Cloud System Administration

by Thomas Limoncelli, Strata Chalup, and Christina Hogan

“The Practice of Cloud System Administration, Volume 2, focuses on “distributed” or “cloud” computing and brings a DevOps/SRE sensibility to the practice of system administration. Unsatisfied with books that cover either design or operations in isolation, the authors created this authoritative reference centered on a comprehensive approach. Case studies and examples from Google, Etsy, Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, and other industry giants are explained in practical ways that are useful to all enterprises.”


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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