Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing is a whitepaper giving a deep insight into cloud computing.
A big thank to Steve Clayton and his post about about Above the Clouds, this paper looks like it will be a great read.
It sets out to look into a number of things such as “What is Cloud Computing”, what has lead to the rise of cloud computing now rather than 10 or so years ago. Utility computing and the surrounding economics which should be considered. As well as a number of obstacles and opportunities that we are currently faced with where cloud computing is involved.
It definitely looks as thought the academics are considering Cloud computing, SaaS and S+S as a real paradigm shift that we should all embrace.
A video overview with some of the authors of the whitepaper available here.
Download the white paper here.