Software-Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials: Cloud, Converged, and Virtual Fundamental Server Storage I/O Tradecraft, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Software-Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials

Cloud, Converged, and Virtual Fundamental Server Storage I/O Tradecraft, 1st Edition

By Greg Schulz

Auerbach Publications

672 pages | 75 B/W Illus.

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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-Defined 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-Defined Building Blocks

Chapter 4: Servers: Physical, Virtual, Cloud, and Containers

Chapter 5: Server I/O and Networking

Chapter 6: Servers and Storage-Defined 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-Defined Data Infrastructures Together

Chapter 13: Data Infrastructure and Software-Defined Management

Chapter 14: Data Infrastructure Deployment Considerations

Chapter 15: Software-Defined Data Infrastructure Futures, Wrap-up,

and Summary

Appendix A: Learning Experiences

Appendix B: Additional Learning, Tools, and Tradecraft Tricks

About the Author


greg schulz

Stillwater, MN, United States

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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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COMPUTERS / Networking / General