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Publisher: CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group, Published August 26, 2011, ISBN-10: 1439851739 and ISBN-13: 978-1439851739, Hardcover and ebook versions (Kindle, PDF via bookdepository.com, and CRCnetBase, 370 pages, 15 chapters, appendices and glossary, over 100 illustrations figures and tables. Available at Amazon.com and other venues around the world.

Greg’s latest book is the ibuprofen that will make these cloud computing information overload headaches go away. “Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking” is the single source you can read to get a clear understanding of the fundamentals of the cloud. - Stephen Guendert, PhD - CMG MeasureIT

With all the chatter in the market about cloud storage and how it can solve all your problems, the industry needed a clear breakdown of the facts and how to use Cloud cloud storage effectively. Greg's latest book does exactly that. - Greg Brunton, EDS, an HP Company

View this video to learn more! Google book preview of Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking Click here to buy at Amazon.com.

Check out Nekkid Tech (Episode #11) where host Greg Knieriemen bestows title of "The New Enterprise Tech Bible" on Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking. Check out Nekkid Tech pod cast (Episode #11 also available at the Register). Read this blog post announcing the formal release of Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking. Check out this free PDF download of Chapter 1. Click here to view a PDF flyer with information about the book including discount codes. Click here to go to the CRC Press site where you can order your copy using special discount code (30% off) KVK01 for catalog item K12375 (ISBN: 9781439851739). Order your copy from Amazon.com here.

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Industry Veteran Greg Schulz of StorageIO Reveals Latest IT Strategies in “Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking” Book
StorageIO Founder Launches the Definitive Book for Enabling Cloud, Virtualized, Dynamic, and Converged Infrastructures

Stillwater, Minnesota – September 7, 2011  – The Server and StorageIO Group (www.storageio.com), a leading independent IT industry advisory and consultancy firm, in conjunction with publisher CRC Press, a Taylor and Francis imprint, today announced the release of “Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking,” a new book by Greg Schulz, noted author and StorageIO founder. The book examines strategies for the design, implementation, and management of hardware, software, and services technologies that enable the most advanced, dynamic, and flexible cloud and virtual environments.

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The book supplies real-world perspectives, tips, recommendations, figures, and diagrams on creating an efficient, flexible and optimized IT service delivery infrastructures to support demand without compromising quality of service (QoS) in a cost-effective manner. “Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking” looks at converging IT resources and management technologies to facilitate efficient and effective delivery of information services, including enabling information factories. Schulz guides readers of all experience levels through various technologies and techniques available to them for enabling efficient information services.

Topics covered in the book include:

  • Information services model options and best practices
  • Metrics for efficient E2E IT management and measurement
  • Server, storage, I/O networking, and data center virtualization
  • Converged and cloud storage services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
  • Public, private, and hybrid cloud and managed services
  • Data protection for virtual, cloud, and physical environments
  • Data footprint reduction (archive, backup modernization, compression, dedupe)
  • High availability, business continuance (BC), and disaster recovery (DR)
  • Performance, availability and capacity optimization

This book explains when, where, with what, and how to leverage cloud, virtual, and data storage networking as part of an IT infrastructure today and in the future. “Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking” comprehensively covers IT data storage networking infrastructures, including public, private and hybrid cloud, managed services, virtualization, and traditional IT environments.

“With all the chatter in the market about cloud storage and how it can solve all your problems, the industry needed a clear breakdown of the facts and how to use cloud storage effectively. Greg's latest book does exactly that,” said Greg Brunton of EDS, an HP company.

“The amount of data being generated, processed, and stored has reached unprecedented levels. Even during the recent economic crisis, there has been no slow down or information recession. Instead, the need to process, move, and store data has only increased,” said Schulz. “This book presents options, technologies, best practices and strategies for enabling IT organizations looking to do more with what they have while supporting growth along with new services without compromising on cost or QoS delivery.”

Click here to listen and watch Schulz discuss his new book in this Video about Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking book by Greg Schulz video.

About the Book

Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking has 370 pages, with more than 100 figures and tables, 15 chapters plus appendices, as well as a glossary. CRC Press catalog number K12375, ISBN-10: 1439851735, ISBN-13: 9781439851739, publication September 2011. The hard cover book can be purchased now at global venues including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Digital Guru and CRCPress.com. Companion material is located at http://storageio.com/book3.html including images, additional information, supporting site links at CRC Press, LinkedIn Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking group, and other books by the author. Direct book editorial review inquiries to John Wyzalek of CRC Press at john.wyzalek@taylorfrancis.com (twitter @jwyzalek) or +1 (917) 351-7149. For bulk and special orders contact Chris Manion of CRC Press at chris.manion@taylorandfrancis.com or +1 (561) 998-2508. For custom, derivative works and excerpts, contact StorageIO at info@storageio.com.

 

About the Author

Greg Schulz is the founder of the independent IT industry advisory firm StorageIO. Before forming StorageIO, Schulz worked for several vendors in systems engineering, sales, and marketing technologist roles. In addition to having been an analyst, vendor and VAR, Schulz also gained real-world hands on experience working in IT organizations across different industry sectors. His IT customer experience spans systems development, systems administrator, disaster recovery consultant, and capacity planner across different technology domains, including servers, storage, I/O networking hardware, software and services. Today, in addition to his analyst and research duties, Schulz is a prolific writer, blogger, and sought-after speaker, sharing his expertise with worldwide technology manufacturers and resellers, IT users, and members of the media. With an insightful and thought-provoking style, Schulz is also author of the books “The Green and Virtual Data Center” (CRC Press, 2009) which is on the Intel developers recommended reading list and the SNIA-endorsed reading book “Resilient Storage Networks: Designing Flexible Scalable Data Infrastructures” (Elsevier, 2004). Schulz is available for interviews and commentary, briefings, speaking engagements at conferences and private events, webinars, video and podcast along with custom advisory consultation sessions. Learn more at http://storageio.com.

 

Supporting material and companion resources:

Authors Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking companion web page:
www.storageio.com/book3.html and www.storageiobooks.com

CRC Press Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking book web page:
www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781439851739

Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking LinkedIn group page:
www.linkedin.com/groups/Cloud-Virtualization-Data-Storage-Networking-3890985

The Green and Virtual Data Center (Intel-Recommended Reading for Developers)
www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781420086669

Resilient Storage Networking: Designing Flexible Scalable Data Infrastructures (Elsevier)
www.storageio.com/book1.html

 

Contacts

Author and custom works questions
Greg Schulz
+1 (651) 275-1563
info@storageio.com
Twitter @storageio

Media and publicity
Silicon Valley PR
Georgiana Comsa
+ (408) 435-1500
Georgiana@siliconvalleypr.com
Twitter @siliconvalleypr

Publishing production services
Theron Shreve - Derryfield Publishing Services
www.derryfieldpublishingservices.com
TRShreve@derryfieldpublishingservices.com
+ (603) 421-9590



Themes and topics covered in “Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking” include:

Additional themes and topics covered in “Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking” include:

Dont be scared of clouds and virtualization, but do look before you leap.

What this means is that you should do your homework, prepare, learn, and get involved with proof of concepts (POCs) and training to build the momentum and success to continue an ongoing IT journey. Identify where clouds, virtualization and data storage networking technologies and techniques compliment and enable your journey to efficient, effective and productive optimized IT services delivery.

 

There is no such thing as a data or information recession: Do more with what you have

A common challenge in many organizations is exploding data growth along with associated management tasks and constraints, including budgets, staffing, time, physical facilities, floor space, and power and cooling. IT clouds and dynamic infrastructure environments enable flexible, efficient and optimized, cost-effective and productive services delivery.

 

Expanding focus from efficiency and optimization to effectiveness and productivity

A primary tenant of a cloud and virtualized environment is to support growing demand in a cost-effective manner with increased agility without compromising QoS. By removing complexity and enabling agility, information services can be delivered in a timely manner to meet changing business needs.

 

There are many types of information services delivery model options

Various types of information services delivery modes should be combined to meet various needs and requirements. These complimentary service delivery options and descriptive terms include cloud, virtual and data storage network enabled environments. These include dynamic Infrastructure, Public & Private and Hybrid Cloud, abstracted, multi-tenant, capacity on demand, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) among others.

 

Convergence combing different technology domains and skill sets

Components of a cloud and virtual environment include desktop, servers, and storage, networking, hardware, and software, services along with APIs and software stacks. This include virtual and physical desktops, data, voice and storage networks, LANs, SANs, MANs, WANs, faster blade and rack servers with more memory, SSD and high-capacity storage and associated virtualization tools and management software. True convergence combines leveraging technology and people, processes and best practices aligned to make the most of those resources to deliver cost effective services delivery.

 

Best people, processes, practices and products (the four Ps)

Bringing all of the various components together is the Ps (people skill sets, process, practices and products). This means leveraging and enhancing people skill sets and experience, process and procedures to optimize workflow for streamlined service orchestration, practices and policies to be more effectively reducing waste without causing new bottlenecks, and products such as racks, stacks, hardware, software, and managed or cloud services.

 

Service categories and catalogs, templates SLO and SLA alignment

Establishing service categories aligned to known service levels and costs enables resources to be aligned to applicable SLO and SLA requirements. Leveraging service templates and defined policies can enable automation and rapid provisioning of resources including self service requests.

 

Navigating to effective IT services delivery: Metrics, measurements and E2E management

You cannot effectively manage what you do not know about; likewise, without situational awareness or navigation tools, you are flying blind. E2E (End to End) tools can provide monitoring and usage metrics for reporting and accounting, including enabling comparison with other environments. Metrics include customer service satisfaction, SLO and SLAs, QoS, performance, availability and costs to service delivered.

 

The importance of data protection for virtual, cloud and physical environments

Clouds and virtualization are important tools and technologies for protecting existing consolidated or converged as well as traditional environments. Likewise, virtual and cloud environments or data placed there also need to be protected. Now is the time to rethink and modernize your data protection strategy to be more effective, protecting, preserving and serving more data for longer periods of time with less complexity and cost.

 

Packing smart and effectively for your journey: Data footprint reduction (DFR)

Reducing your data footprint impact leveraging data footprint reduction (DFR) techniques, technologies and best practices is important for enabling an optimized, efficient and effective IT services delivery environment. Reducing your data footprint is enabled with clouds and virtualization providing a means and mechanism for archiving inactive data and for transparently moving it. On the other hand, moving to a cloud and virtualized environment to do more with what you have is enhanced by reducing the impact of your data footprint. The ABCDs of data footprint reduction include Archiving, Backup modernization, Compression and consolidation, Data management and dedupe along with Storage tiering and thin provisioning among other techniques.



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Table of content (TOC)

How the book is organized and who should read it

Preface

Section I: Why the need for cloud, virtualization and data storage networks

Chapter 1: Industry trends and perspectives: From issues and challenges to opportunities
Chapter 2: Cloud, virtualization and data storage networking fundamentals

Section II: Managing data and resources: Protect, preserve, secure and serve
Chapter 3: Infrastructure Resource Management (IRM)
Chapter 4: Data and storage networking security
Chapter 5: Data protection (Backup/Restore, BC and DR)
Chapter 6: Metrics and measurement for situational awareness

Section III: Technology, tools and solution options
Chapter 7: Data footprint reduction: Enabling cost effective data demand growth
Chapter 8: Enabling data footprint reduction: Storage capacity optimization
Chapter 9: Storage services and systems
Chapter 10: Server virtualization
Chapter 11: Connectivity: Networking with your servers and storage
Chapter 12: Cloud and solution packages
Chapter 13: Management and tools

Section IV: Putting IT all together
Chapter 14: Applying what you have learned
Chapter 15: Wrap-up, what’s next and book summary

Appendices:
Where to Learn More

Index and Glossary



Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking has 370 pages, with more than 100 figures and tables, 15 chapters plus appendices, as well as a glossary. CRC Press catalog number K12375, ISBN-10: 1439851735, ISBN-13: 9781439851739, publication September 2011.

The hard cover book can be purchased now at global venues including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Digital Guru and CRCPress.com.

Direct book editorial review inquiries to John Wyzalek of CRC Press. For bulk and special orders contact Chris Manion of CRC Press. Custom, derivative works, excerpts and general author questions contact StorageIO at info@storageio.com.



"The New Enterprise Tech Bible" - Greg Knieriemen (@Knieriemen) of Nekkid Tech (@nekkidtech) pod cast

With all the chatter in the market about cloud storage and how it can solve all your problems, the industry needed a clear breakdown of the facts and how to use Cloud cloud storage effectively. Greg's latest book does exactly that. - Greg Brunton, EDS, an HP Company

Greg’s latest book is the ibuprofen that will make these cloud computing information overload headaches go away. “Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking” is the single source you can read to get a clear understanding of the fundamentals of the cloud. - Stephen Guendert, PhD (@DrSteveGuendert) - CMG MeasureIT

Greg’s Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking is good because it applies many core logic principles to the new infrastructure that we live in. - Rick Vanover (@rickvanover) at the TechRepublic. Check out this pod cast between Rick and Greg Schulz where they discuss if the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) has become too large.

Check out Nekkid Tech (Episode #11) where host Greg Knieriemen bestows title of "The New Enterprise Tech Bible" on Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking. Check out Nekkid Tech pod cast (Episode #11 also available at the Register).

Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking: Intel Recommended Reading List
Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking can be found on the Intel Recommended Reading List for developers

Read additional reviews and comments at Amazon.com or order your copy here.

View this video to learn more! Google book preview of Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking

Publisher: CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group, Published August 26, 2011, ISBN-10: 1439851739 and ISBN-13: 978-1439851739, Hardcover and ebook versions (Kindle, PDF via bookdepository.com, and CRCnetBase, 370 pages, 15 chapters, appendices and glossary, over 100 illustrations figures and tables. Available at Amazon.com and other venues around the world.


General author questions and custom works
Greg Schulz
StorageIO
www.storageio.com
+1 (651) 275-1563
info@storageio.com
twitter @storageio

Publicist and PR
Silicon Valley PR
Georgiana Comsa
+ (408) 435-1500
www.siliconvalleypr.com
Georgiana@siliconvalleypr.com
twitter @siliconvalleypr

CRC Press publisher and book reviews
John Wyzalek
+1 (917) 351-7149
John.wyzalek@taylorandfrancis.com
twitter @jwyzalek

CRC Press bulk and special orders
Chris Manion
+1 (561) 998-2508
chris.manion@taylorandfrancis.com

Publishing production services
Theron Shreve - Derryfield Publishing Services
www.derryfieldpublishingservices.com
TRShreve@derryfieldpublishingservices.com
+ (603) 421-9590


Figures, videos, pod casts and images pertaining to Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking book

Check out Nekkid Tech (Episode #11) where host Greg Knieriemen bestows title of "The New Enterprise Tech Bible" on Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking. Check out Nekkid Tech pod cast (Episode #11 also available at the Register).

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Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press) book on display at VMworld 2011 book store

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Author Greg Schulz with Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press) book on shelf at VMworld 2011

 

Greg Schulz during book signing at VMworld 2011

Author Greg Schulz visiting with VMworld 2011 attended in book store

Greg Schulz in action presenting in Nijkerk Holland

Greg Schulz presenting Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking Seminar for Storage Professionals in Nijkerk Holland

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Greg Schulz with the NEXUS vMonster at VMworld 2011 @CXI party

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Greg on break

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Greg on break from presenting in Holland fall 2011

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Doing more with what you have or with less

Figure from Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press) showing need to support growth demand while removing costs without compromising service. Driving Return on Innovation the new ROI by doing more with less while boosting productivity by removing complexity.

View this video to learn more! Google book preview of Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking Click here to buy at Amazon.com.


Cloud and virtual data storage networks are essential technologies and tools for enabling agile, flexible and dynamic information services delivers. Tools, technologies, techniques and best practices include servers, storage, networks, hardware, software, services, management tools and metrics.

Various resources include industry trends and perspective commentary in the news, events, tips, articles, videos, pod casts, books, webinars, research reports and white papers, solution briefs, presentations and blog posts can be found on the StorageIO main website along with on the StorageIOblog pertaining to Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking. These include SAN, LAN, MAN and WAN, Fibre Channel (FC), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), iSCSI, InifniBand, SAS, NAS, physical and virtual servers, storage, networks, data protection (backup, restore, business continuance (BC), disaster recover (DR)), virtualization, unified storage, data footprint reduction (DFR) including archive, compression, consolidation, dedupe, storage tiering, Hard Disk Drives (HDD), Solid State Devices (SSD), Hybrid Hard Disk Drives (HHDD), Tape, RAID, cloud, Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) planning, management, E2E, metrics, capacity planning and performance among others.

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