If getting inside the cloud and understanding exactly what cloud computing can do for you is your new year’s goal; there are some great reads out there. As cloud services become more commonplace, this is certainly a subject worthy of reading up on. Below are the top 3 cloud computing books for 2012 to help get you more knowledge.
Cloud Computing Top Books
1. Cloud computing and SOA convergence in your enterprise: a step-by-step guide: David Linthicum
offers a clear-eyed assessment of the challenges associatd with this new world—and offers a step-by-step program for getting there with maximum return on investment and minimum risk.
Using multiple examples, Linthicum:
- Reviews the powerful cost, value, and risk-related drivers behind the move to cloud computing—and explains why the shift will accelerate
- Explains the technical underpinnings, supporting technologies, and best-practice methods you’ll need to make the transition
- Helps you objectively assess the promise of SaaS, Web 2.0, and SOA for your organization, quantify value, and make the business case
- Walks you through evaluating your existing IT infrastructure and finding your most cost-effective, safest path to the “cloud”
- Shows how to choose the right candidate data, services, and processes for your cloud computing initiatives
- Guides you through building disruptive infrastructure and next-generation process platforms
- Helps you bring effective, high-value governance to the clouds
2. Cloud: Seven Clear Business Models by Timothy Chau
Based on a series of lectures at Stanford University this book discusses cloud computing from a business perspective. It serves as an excellent, easy-to-read, introduction for anyone who builds, sells or purchases application, platform, compute&storage or data center cloud services. The book is full of examples and stories from many of the leaders in the field.
3. Cloud Computing for Enterprise Architectures By Zaigham Mahmood
This important text provides a single point of reference for state-of-the-art cloud computing design and implementation techniques. The book examines cloud computing from the perspective of enterprise architecture, asking the question; how do we realize new business potential with our existing enterprises? Topics and features: with a Foreword by Thomas Erl; contains contributions from an international selection of preeminent experts; presents the state-of-the-art in enterprise architecture approaches with respect to cloud computing models, frameworks, technologies, and applications; discusses potential research directions, and technologies to facilitate the realization of emerging business models through enterprise architecture approaches; provides relevant theoretical frameworks, and the latest empirical research findings.
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