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Software-Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials
Cloud, Converged, and Virtual Fundamental Server Storage I/O Tradecraft

ISBN 9781032096766
Published June 30, 2021 by Auerbach Publications
672 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Software-Defined Data Infrastructures Essentials provides fundamental coverage of physical, cloud, converged, and virtual server storage I/O networking technologies, trends, tools, techniques, and tradecraft skills. From webscale, software-defined, containers, database, key-value store, cloud, and enterprise to small or medium-size business, the book is filled with techniques, and tips to help develop or refine your server storage I/O hardware, software, and services skills. Whether you are new to data infrastructures or a seasoned pro, you will find this comprehensive reference indispensable for gaining as well as expanding experience with technologies, tools, techniques, and trends.

We had a front row seat watching Greg present live in our education workshop seminar sessions for ITC professionals in the Netherlands material that is in this book. We recommend this amazing book to expand your converged and data infrastructure knowledge from beginners to industry veterans. —Gert and Frank Brouwer, Brouwer Storage Consultancy

Software-Defined Data Infrastructures Essentials provides the foundational building blocks to improve your craft in serval areas including applications, clouds, legacy, and more.  IT professionals, as well as sales professionals and support personnel, stand to gain a great deal by reading this book.—Mark McSherry, Oracle Regional Sales Manager

Looking to expand your data infrastructure IQ? From CIOS to operations, sales to engineering, this book is a comprehensive reference, a must read for IT infrastructure professionals, beginners to seasoned experts.—Tom Becchetti, Advisory Systems Engineer

Greg Schulz has provided a complete ‘toolkit’ for storage management along with the background and framework for the storage or data infrastructure professional or those aspiring to become one.—Greg Brunton, Experienced Storage and Data Management Professional

Table of Contents

Part One: Server Storage I/O, Software-De¿ned and Data Infrastructures
Chapter 1: Server Storage I/O and Data Infrastructure Fundamentals
Chapter 2: Application and IT Environments
Part Two: Server I/O and Networking Deep Dive
Chapter 3: Bits, Bytes, Blobs, and Software-De¿ned Building Blocks
Chapter 4: Servers: Physical, Virtual, Cloud, and Containers
Chapter 5: Server I/O and Networking
Chapter 6: Servers and Storage-De¿ned Networking
Part Three: Storage Deep Dive and Data Services
Chapter 7: Storage Mediums and Component Devices
Chapter 8: Data Infrastructure Services: Access and Performance
Chapter 9: Data Infrastructure Services: Availability, RAS, and RAID
Chapter 10: Data Infrastructure Services: Availability, Recovery-Point Objective, and Security
Chapter 11: Data Infrastructure Services: Capacity and Data Reduction
Chapter 12: Storage Systems and Solutions (Products and Cloud)
Part Four: Putting Software-De¿ned Data Infrastructures Together
Chapter 13: Data Infrastructure and Software-De¿ned Management
Chapter 14: Data Infrastructure Deployment Considerations
Chapter 15: Software-De¿ned Data Infrastructure Futures, Wrap-up,
and Summary
Appendix A: Learning Experiences
Appendix B: Additional Learning, Tools, and Tradecraft Tricks

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Greg Schulz is Founder and Senior Analyst of the independent IT advisory and consultancy firm Server StorageIO ( He has worked in IT at an electrical utility and at financial services and transportation firms in roles ranging from business applications development to systems management and architecture planning.

Greg is the author of the Intel Recommended Reading List books Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press, 2011) and The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press, 2009) as well as Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier, 2004), among other works. He is a multiyear VMware vSAN and vExpert as well as a Microsoft MVP and has been an advisor to various organizations including CompTIA Storage+ among others. In addition to holding frequent webinars, on-line, and live in-person speaking events and publishing articles and other content, Greg is regularly quoted and interviewed as one of the most sought-after independent IT advisors providing perspectives, commentary, and opinion on industry activity.

Greg has a B.A. in computer science and a M.Sc. in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas. You can find him on Twitter @StorageIO; his blog is at, and his main website is