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Cloudability Book Club: Favorite Reads from CTO Erik Onnen

By Gavin Cahill on October 1, 2018
To celebrate the upcoming launch of the 3rd Edition of Cloud Control, we sat down with Cloudability CTO Erik Onnen to see which cloud books he recommends.

The release of Cloud Control: A Primer in Cloud Financial Management and Your Cloud’s True Cost is right around the corner. The 3rd edition of our popular Cloud Control book, this primer will help you navigate your cloud journey from building an effective cloud migration strategy to optimizing utilization and managing vendor discounts.

What better time to launch a new blog series where members of the Cloudability team talk about their favorite reads? To kick us off, we asked our CTO Erik Onnen to share his top choices for must-read industry books.

Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems

This book is a collection of articles from Google’s Site Reliability Team. Together, the articles outline how they successfully build, deploy, monitor and maintain some of the largest software systems in the world.

Why Erik Likes It:

“It’s the canonical reference for anyone operating cloud infrastructure.”

Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques to Build Intelligent Systems

This book covers a range of techniques for building intelligent systems. Using concrete examples, digestible theory and two production-ready Python frameworks (scikit-learn and TensorFlow), the reader can apply practical code without learning excessive machine learning theory or detailed algorithms.

Why Erik Likes It:

“One of the most interesting parts of my job is the rich data we work with on behalf of our customers. This toolkit is the starting point for much of the analysis I perform.”

Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems

For those developing applications that store or process data, this comprehensive guide looks under the hood of commonly-used technologies and weighs the pros and cons of various tools. Readers interested in distributed systems or scalability will find this a valuable read.

Why Erik Likes It:

“Cloudability is a data-intensive application. This book is a fantastic reference for how to navigate building applications like ours.”

The Manager’s Path

If you’re on the journey to management in the tech industry, then this book’s for you. From mentoring your staff to overseeing multiple teams, this guide explores how leaders can succeed in a role that requires advanced and evolving technical skill combined with effective people management.

Why Erik Likes It:

“For anyone considering a change from being an individual contributor to a manager in a technology company, this is a must read. All my people leaders have read it.”

Linear Algebra: Step by Step

Linear algebra finds a practical use in engineering. This guide provides a large number of examples and, as the title indicates, step-by-step explanations for each concept of this core topic.

Why Erik Likes It:

“Linear algebra is a fundamental tenet of machine learning and this book is the most approachable treatment of the material I’ve ever seen. All books on mathematics should be written like this.”

Netty In Action

In this introduction to the Netty framework, readers learn how to incorporate Netty into Java network applications. Netty hides low-level and generic code, making it easier to focus on writing highly-scalable applications.

Why Erik Likes It:

“The Netty open source library is a key component to many open source projects we use at Cloudability. I guest wrote one of the chapters in this book and was a technical reviewer.”

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