The Top 12 Amazon Web Services Books You Need to Read in 2020

The Top 12 Amazon Web Services Books You Need to Read in 2020

For companies that operate Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployments, books are an excellent resource for learning how to effectively take advantage of their cloud environment. To that end, we’ve listed the top 12 AWS books that you should add to your reading list below. These books are intended for beginners and experts alike and are written by authors with proficiency and/or recognition in operating AWS.

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Amazon Web Services Bootcamp

by Sunil Gulabani

“AWS is at the forefront of Cloud Computing today. Businesses are adopting AWS because of its reliability, versatility, and flexible design. The main focus of this book is teaching you how to build and manage highly reliable and scalable applications and services on AWS. It will provide you with all the necessary skills to design, deploy, and manage your applications and services on the AWS cloud platform. […] By the end of the book, you’ll be able to create a highly secure, fault tolerant, and scalable environment for your applications to run on.”


Amazon Web Services in Action

by Andreas Wittig and Michael Wittig

“Amazon Web Services in Action, Second Edition is a comprehensive introduction to computing, storing, and networking in the AWS cloud. You’ll find clear, relevant coverage of all the essential AWS services you to know, emphasizing best practices for security, high availability and scalability. The largest and most mature of the cloud platforms, AWS offers over 100 prebuilt services, practically limitless compute resources, bottomless secure storage, as well as top-notch automation capabilities.” 


AWS: Amazon Web Services

by A.W.S. Smith

“Learning how to use AWS and understanding its pros and cons can add a critical skill to your résumé or help you make informed decisions for your company.AWS hosting is offered for both Windows and Linux operating systems and works with various platforms, including WordPress, Ruby, Drupal, Magento, Joomla, and Dot Net. Scheduled backups, dispersed data center locations, elastic load balancing, and content delivery are among the services offered by AWS.”


AWS Automation Cookbook

by Nikit Swaraj

“To deliver tremendous speed and agility, organizations are now moving toward automating their entire application pipeline. AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CodeBuild, and CodePipeline are scalable services offered by AWS to automate an application’s build and deployment pipelines. […] By the end of this AWS book, you’ll have complete control over your software development life cycle and be able to minimize application downtime by implementing CI/CD.”


AWS: The Ultimate Guide From Beginners To Advanced For The Amazon Web Services

by Theo H. King

“If cloud computing is one of the leading trends in the IT industry (and it most certainly is), then Amazon Web Services Platform (AWS) is the champion of that trend. If you want to be a part of the competitive markets, you need to jump on this ascending wagon and get familiar with the AWS. This book offers a guide to AWS, for both beginner and advanced users. If you want to reduce your companies operating costs, and control the safety of your data, use this step-by-step guide for computing and networking in the AWS cloud.” 


AWS: Amazon Web Services, the Ultimate Guide for Beginners to Advanced

by Maverick Koston

“AWS took the IT world by storm and is a leading trend in the cloud-computing sector. It’s not a coincidence that a highly successful Netflix has moved all of its IT operations on AWS. Simply stated, AWS is the best option for any business – you get better performance and security for less money! This comprehensive guide on AWS will show you how to transform your company by using the AWS tools and strategies. Unlike many similar instruction manuals and guides, you won’t find this book to be too technical and hard to understand.” 

Our MSP Buyer’s Guide contains profiles on the top cloud managed service providers for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as questions you should ask vendors and yourself before buying. We also offer an MSP Vendor Map that outlines those vendors in a Venn diagram to make it easy for you to select potential providers.

Effective DevOps with AWS

by Nathaniel Felsen

“Written by a lead member of Mediums DevOps team, this book explains how to treat infrastructure as code, meaning you can bring resources online and offline as necessary with the code as easily as you control your software. You will also build a continuous integration and continuous deployment pipeline to keep your app up to date. You’ll find out how to scale your applications to offer maximum performance to users anywhere in the world, even when traffic spikes with the latest technologies, such as containers and serverless computing.”


Learning Amazon Web Services (AWS)

by Mark Wilkins

“Learning AWS is the perfect foundational resource for all administrators, developers, project managers, and other IT professionals who want to plan and deploy AWS services and/or earn AWS certification. Top cloud trainer and evangelist Mark Wilkins teaches best practices that align with Amazon’s Well-Architected Framework, introduces key concepts in the context of a running case study, carefully explains how core AWS services operate and integrate, and offers extensively tested tips for maximizing flexibility, security, and value.”


Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches

by David Clinton

“Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches guides you through the process of building a robust and secure web application using the core AWS services you really need to know. […]Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches gets you started with AWS fast. In just 21 bite-size lessons, you’ll learn the concepts and practical techniques you need to deploy and manage applications. You’ll learn by doing real-world labs that guide you from the core AWS tool set through setting up security and storage and planning for growth.”


Machine Learning in the AWS Cloud

by Abhishek Mishra

“Machine Learning in the AWS Cloud introduces readers to the machine learning (ML) capabilities of the Amazon Web Services ecosystem and provides practical examples to solve real-world regression and classification problems. […] You’ll be introduced to the basics of cloud computing and AWS offerings in the cloud-based machine learning space. Then you’ll learn to use Amazon Machine Learning to solve a simpler class of machine learning problems, and Amazon SageMaker to solve more complex problems.”


Mastering AWS Cost Optimization

by Yair Green and Eli Mansoor

“The book Mastering AWS Cost Optimization is intended to support you in overcoming one of the top challenges that organizations face in their journey towards public cloud: the challenge of cost control and optimization. Reading this book will give you a better understanding of both the technical and operational aspects of the process. This ensures that you will succeed in taking advantage of advanced technology for building innovative products, while doing so in an optimized and cost-effective manner.”


Mastering AWS Security

by Albert Anthony

“This book is for all IT professionals, system administrators and security analysts, solution architects and Chief Information Security Officers who are responsible for securing workloads in AWS for their organizations. Master AWS Security is helpful for all Solutions Architects who want to design and implement secure architecture on AWS by the following security by design principle, and is beneficial for personnel in Auditors and Project Management roles who want to understand how they can audit AWS workloads and manage security in AWS.”


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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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