Applicable web resources that amplify points made in this chapter can be found here:
Amazon has many books and articles on the subject of cloud computing. Go to http://www.amazon.com to find relevant publications.
Amazon also provides infrastructure web services via a cloud platform for commercial companies of all sizes via a fee-for-service arrangement for application hosting, backup and storage, e-commerce, media hosting, search engines, web hosting, and other services.
YouTube has a number of videos on cloud computing, like the following one that introduces you to the technology: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae_DKNwK_ms.
Many technology firms in the cloud-computing business provide resources to help those investigating this technology. For example, Hewlett-Packard offers a planning guide at its cloud-computing digital hub at http://www.techlearning.com/article.aspx?Id=39248.
The Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) manages cloud computing resources and develops reference implementations, benchmarks, and standards for its members that support scientific research. Information about the consortium is available at http://opencloudconsortium.org/about.
IBM and the European Union have announced the formation of a consortium to research new computing models. See http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/33067.wss.
The Cloud Computing Journal offers lots of articles on the use of the technology at http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com.
Another useful publication called the Cloudbook, located at the following site, provides relevant articles: http://www.cloudbook.net.
Lots of technology firms, training companies, and universities offer training in cloud-computing areas.
Major conferences and expositions on cloud computing such as the following are held in large cities worldwide: http://www.interop.com/newyork/conference/cloud-computing.php.
A current list of cloud-computing discussion groups, list servers, and blogs can be found at http://www.thedacs.com/databases/url/key/7848/7852.
A nonprofit group of major technology firms has been formed to address cloud-computing security issues. It is called the Cloud Security Alliance, and it has many resources at the following site: https://cloudsecurityalliance.org.