George Reese’s book doesn’t have the catchiest title, but the book is superb. One thing to keep in mind, it is not a nuts and bolts or howto type of book. Although there is a quick intro to EC2 APIs etc, you’re better off looking at the AWS docs, or Jeff Barr’s book on the subject. Reese’s book is really all about answering difficult questions involving cloud deployments.
- Will my application scale in the cloud?
- How do I mitigate lower SLAs and unreliable hardware in the Amazon environment?
- What types of security questions should I be asking?
- How will cloud computing change the procurement process?
We’ve written a lot more on the book. Take a look: Review of Cloud Application Architectures at Amazon.com