The Top Cloud Computing Books You Need to Read in 2020

The Top Cloud Computing Books to Read in 2020

Are you looking for the best books on cloud computing to read in 2020? The cloud is one of the quickest-growing technologies of recent years; more and more businesses are looking for cloud knowledge and expertise in their current and prospective employees. Books, whether hardcover or digital, are an excellent source for people looking to learn about a specific field of technology, and the cloud is no exception.

We’ve listed the top 12 cloud computing 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 the field of cloud computing.

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Ahead in the Cloud: Best Practices for Navigating the Future of Enterprise IT

Ahead in the Cloud: Best Practices for Navigating the Future of Enterprise ITby Stephen Orban

“Cloud computing is the most significant technology development of our lifetimes. It has made countless new businesses possible and presents a massive opportunity for large enterprises to innovate like startups and retire decades of technical debt. But making the most of the cloud requires much more from enterprises than just a technology change. Stephen Orban led Dow Jones’s journey toward digital agility as their CIO and now leads AWS’s Enterprise Strategy function, where he helps leaders from the largest companies in the world transform their businesses.”


Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Models

Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Modelsby Michael J. Kavis

“Cloud computing is all the rage, allowing for the delivery of computing and storage capacity to a diverse community of end-recipients. However, before you can decide on a cloud model, you need to determine what the ideal cloud service model is for your business. Architecting the Cloud is vendor neutral and guides you in making one of the most critical technology decisions that you will face: selecting the right cloud service model(s) based on a combination of both business and technology requirements.” 


The Cloud Adoption Playbook: Proven Strategies for Transforming Your Organization with the Cloud

The Cloud Adoption Playbook: Proven Strategies for Transforming Your Organization with the Cloudby 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: Concepts, Technology & Architecture

Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architectureby Thomas Erl

“Thomas Erl, one of the world’s top-selling IT authors, teams up with cloud computing experts and researchers 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.”


Cloud Computing Design Patterns

Cloud Computing Design Patternsby Thomas Erl

“Best-selling service technology author Thomas Erl has brought together the de facto catalog of design patterns for modern cloud-based architecture and solution design. More than two years in development, this book’s 100+ patterns illustrate proven solutions to common cloud challenges and requirements. Its patterns are supported by rich, visual documentation, including 300+ diagrams.”


Cloud Computing: From Beginning to End

Cloud Computing: From Beginning to Endby Ray Rafaels

“Your Complete Guide to Cloud Computing and Migrating to the Cloud. This book covers not only the technical details of how public and private cloud technology works but also the strategy, technical design, and in-depth implementation details required to migrate existing applications to the cloud. 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.” 

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Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing

Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computingby Joe Weinman

“Cloudonomics radically upends the conventional wisdom, clearly explains the underlying principles and illustrates through understandable examples how Cloud computing can create compelling value—whether you are a customer, a provider, a strategist, or an investor. Cloudonomics covers everything you need to consider for the delivery of business solutions, opportunities, and customer satisfaction through the Cloud, so you can understand it. Cloudonomics also delivers insight into when to avoid the cloud, and why.” 


CSA Guide to Cloud Computing: Implementing Cloud Privacy and Security

CSA Guide to Cloud Computing: Implementing Cloud Privacy and Securityby Raj Samani, Brian Honan, and Jim Reavis

“CSA Guide to Cloud Computing brings you the most current and comprehensive understanding of cloud security issues and deployment techniques from industry thought leaders at the Cloud Security Alliance. For years the CSA has been at the forefront of research and analysis into the most pressing security and privacy related issues associated with cloud computing. CSA Guide to Cloud Computing provides you with a one-stop source for industry-leading content, as well as a roadmap into the future considerations that the cloud presents.”


The Enterprise Cloud: Best Practices for Transforming Legacy IT

The Enterprise Cloud: Best Practices for Transforming Legacy ITby James Bond

“If you’re planning your long-term cloud strategy, this practical book provides insider knowledge and actionable real-world lessons regarding planning, design, operations, security, and application transformation. This book teaches business and technology managers how to transition their organization’s traditional IT to cloud computing. Rather than yet another book trying to sell or convince readers on the benefits of clouds, this book provides guidance, lessons learned, and best practices on how to design, deploy, operate, and secure an enterprise cloud based on real-world experience.” 


Enterprise Cloud Security and Governance: Efficiently Set Data Protection and Privacy Principles

Enterprise Cloud Security and Governance: Efficiently Set Data Protection and Privacy Principlesby Zeal Vora

“Automating security tasks, such as Server Hardening with Ansible, and other automation services, such as Monit, will monitor other security daemons and take the necessary action in case these security daemons are stopped maliciously. In short, this book has everything you need to secure your Cloud environment with. It is your ticket to obtain industry-adopted best practices for developing a secure, highly available, and fault-tolerant architecture for organizations.”


Infrastructure as Code: Managing Servers in the Cloud

Infrastructure as Code: Managing Servers in the Cloudby Kief Morris

“Ideal for system administrators, infrastructure engineers, team leads, and architects, this book demonstrates various tools, techniques, and patterns you can use to implement infrastructure as code. In three parts, you’ll learn about the platforms and tooling involved in creating and configuring infrastructure elements, patterns for using these tools, and practices for making infrastructure as code work in your environment.” 


Transitioning the Enterprise to the Cloud: A Business Approach

Transitioning the Enterprise to the Cloud: A Business Approachby Edward Mahon

“An inconsistency exists between actual cloud adoption rates and the viewpoints and direct actions of those responsible for corporate information technology operations. On the one hand, information technology (IT) leaders generally believe the cloud more easily enables the implementation and management of technology services, from web and mobile application development to on-demand computing and storage. These leaders also appreciate the cloud’s consumption-based pricing model over their current capital-intensive cost structures.”


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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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