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Welcome to the Server StorageIO Virtual Store where you can shop as well as purchase books by Greg Schulz as well as others. In addition to books, scroll down to view various data infrastructure as well as other items including for the home, office or just for fun.

Books by Server StorageIO Founder Greg Schulz

Intel Recommended Reading List

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Additional Recommended Shopping Items

The following are data infrastructure, Server StorageIO recommended shopping items for the home, office, lab, computer or network room, yard as well as gifts for that hard to shop for geek (or non geek).

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DJI Phantom Navigation/Anti-colision lights

Additional add on navigation and anti-colision lights for night time operations (e.g. FAA part 107.29). The following are some lights, strobes, mount holders and other related items.

Firehouse Technology ARC Strobe Light Navigation Kit for Drones FAA 107 Compliant for Night Flights Drone DJI Inspire 1 2 Phantom Mavic Pro Air Yuneec Matrice 200 210 - Note: These may not be ARC II, check carefully

PGYTECH Adjustable 360 degree Rotatable LED Headlamp Light for DJI PHANTOM 4/4PRO With Retail Box (2Pcs/Box)

Via Ebay = Firehouse Technologies Arc & Arc II Strobe Mount for DJI Phantom 4 Pro + P3S

High intensity lights Lume Cubes for DJI Phantom 3 and Phantom 4

Visit the Lume Cube site here to learn more about these high intensity lights for DJI Phantom as well as other devices (and uses). Order yours via the following links.

Lume Cube - Lighting Kit for DJI Phantom 4 Pro/Advanced Drone (White) (Includes 2 Lume Cubes and 2 Mounts)

Lume Cube - Lighting Kit for DJI Phantom 3 Pro Drone (Includes 2 Lume Cubes and 2 Mounts)

LUME CUBE Drone Mounts for DJI Phantom 4 (Black)

LUME CUBE Drone Mounts for DJI Phantom 4 (White)

Lume Cube - Bluetooth LED Light (Two Pack - Black)

Entry level Tello Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera and VR (Powered by DJI) starter kit

Entry level drone starter kit

DJI Mavic Entry to Advanced Consumer Drone

DJI Mavic Pro Collapsible Quadcopter Starters Backpack Bundle

DJI Phantom 4 V2.0 Advanced Consumer Prosumer Drone

DJI Phantom 4 PRO V2.0 Quadcopter Drone with 4K Professional Gimbal Camera, White (without screen)

DJI Phantom 4 V1.0 Advanced Consumer Prosumer Drone

DJI Phantom 4 PRO+ Plus V2.0 Quadcopter Drone with 4K Professional Gimbal Camera, White (with screen)

DJI Phantom 4 PRO+ PLUS Obsidian Edition Drone Quadcopter Includes Display (Black) Starters Travel Bundle

DJI Phantom 4 PRO Obsidian Edition Drone Quadcopter (Black) Travel Case Ultimate Bundle

DJI Phantom 4 Starter Bundle Includes: DJI Phantom 4 Drone + Controller + Foam Case + 64 GB Memory Card + More

DJI Phantom 4 PRO Quadcopter Ultimate Travel Backpack Bundle Kit

DJI Phantom 4 PRO Quadcopter Starters Backpacker Bundle

Powerextra 2-Pack Phantom 4 Series (15.2V 5350 mAh) LiPo Intelligent Flight Battery + 2-Pack Battery Safe Bag Replacement for DJI Phantom 4 Series Drones

GM5 9450S Self-tightening Blades Quick Release Propellers for Phantom 4(2 Pairs)

Lens Filters Circular Polarizer & Neutral Density (Phantom 4, Circular Polarizer & Neutral Density)

Avegant Glyph AG101 VR Video Headsets, Patented Retinal Imaging Technology MOPS 3D Virtual Reality Goggles HDMI Connecting

[100pcs] INKECI Disposable Face Cover Mask, Sanitary Mask for HTC Vive/PS VR/Gear VR/Oculus Rift- Prevent Eye Infections

DJI HDMI Output Module Part 54 for Phantom 3 Pro/Adv/Phantom 4 Series

DJI Inspire Pro and Prosumer Drone

DJI CP.BX.000103 Inspire 1 v2.0 Quadcopter with 4K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal

DJI Inspire 2 Drone

DJI Inspire 1 V2.0 Bundle with TB47 Intelligent Flight Battery, Remote Harness, 16GB MicroSD Card and more

DJI TB48 5700mAh Inspire 1 Battery (White)

4 Pcs DJI Original Inspire Quick Release Propeller (CW+CCW) for Inspire 1 1345T, Inspire 1 V2.0 and Inspire 1 Pro - Black

WiFi and Networking

Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-PRO-E Access Point Single Unit NEW (No PoE Included In Box)

Home and Office

Home Items

National Hardware N187-022 V1012 Flush Pull in Oil Rubbed Bronze

Barn Door Rail Kit

Barn Door Rail Kit

Heavy Duty Equipment Push Cart

Software-Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press) Book

Fixget Memory Card Reader - This is the swiss army knife for portable media attachment to a computer, laptop, tablet, phone that has a USB or Micro USB port. The reader supports both SD and Micro SD formats. For example my Lenovo X1 Carbon gen 5 does not have a regular sized SD card reader (only Micro SD), so I routninly use this to read standard sized SD cards from trail cammeras and other devices. Likewise by using this device, I have an extra port for reading Micro SD cards from drones, small security cameras, GoPro and other devices.

Samsung 128GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSD EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter (MB-ME128GA/AM)

Samsung 256GB EVO Plus Class 10 UHS-I microSDXC U3 with Adapter (MB-MC256GA/EU) Read:up to 100MB/s,Write:up to 90MB/s !

Samsung 100MB/s (U3) MicroSD EVO Memory Card with Adapter 128 GB (MB-MP128GA/AM)

Fixget Memory Card Reader, SD/Micro SD Card Reader/ Micro USB OTG to USB 2.0 Adapter with Standard USB Male /Micro USB Male Connector for PC, Smartphones with OTG Function, Not Compatible with IOS

Sahale Snacks Blends

Honeywell 7-Day Programmable Timer for Lights & Motors

Amba RWH-CP Radiant Hardwired Curved Towel Warmer, Polished

HP 950XL Black Ink Cartridge

Cozy Toes Carpeted Foot Warming Heater

Livescribe 8.5 x 11 Single Subject Notebook #1-4 - If you have a Livescribe, sooner or later you will need new physical paper note books to write in (as well as ink here). This is a 4 pack of notebooks.

Quietude Calming Mist (3.4 oz) by Temple Spa - Great for the office or home.

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Cookies Ice Cream Scoops Comfort Grip Handle , 2-pack - This item is here because of xxx

Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote - I have the previous version (e.g. not the new 2017 model)

Drones, Accessories and Parts

Check out storageio.tv and others...

In addition to Amazon, I also buy Drone parts from DroneNerds for some great ideas and specials

DJI Phantom 3 Standard - I have one of these (along with Phantom II)

Remote Pilot Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide: FAA-G-8082-22: Remote Pilot Part 107 Drone Certification Study Guide - Latest Edition: Aug. 2016 (FAA Knowledge Series)

Remote Pilot Test Prep 2018: Study & Prepare: Pass your test and know what is essential to safely operate an unmanned aircraft ? from the most trusted source in aviation training (Test Prep Series)

Remote Pilot sUAS Study Guide: For applicants seeking a small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) rating (FAA Handbooks series)

Remote Pilot Test Prep - UAS: Study & Prepare: Pass your test and know what is essential to safely operate an unmanned aircraft ? from the most trusted source in aviation training (Test Prep series)

Remote Pilot 107 Online: Information For The FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test

Remote Pilot Airman Certification Standards: FAA-S-ACS-10, for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Practical Test Standards series)

Remote Pilot sUAS Study Guide: For applicants seeking a small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) rating (FAA Handbooks series)

Drone Operator's Logbook

DJI Phantom 4 ADVANCED Drone Quadcopter Bundle Kit with 3 Batteries, 4K Professional Camera Gimbal and MUST HAVE Accessories

DJI Phantom 4 PRO Drone Quadcopter Bundle Kit with 4K Professional Camera Gimbal and MUST HAVE Accessories



Waterproof Backpack Carying Case for DJI Phantom - Note that there are different backpacks for various DJI Phantoms, check what make and model of Phantom you have to get the correct case. These are great, have had for a couple of years, works as a good holder when the props are on (they are exposed), or, with the props off, completly zippers shut.

Polarized Lens Filters for DJI Phantoms - This is a great kit with several filters, I use the ND8 filter the most as it hels cut down on glare making for better videos, as well as a lens protector.


Kitchen and Cooking


Matfer Bourgeat Black Steel Round Frying Pan (11-inch gray)- These are great, have a couple different ones of various size. If you want the equivilent of cast iron skillet without having a cast iron skillet, this is for you. Once you get through the initial cleaning and seasoning along with couple of uses, this turns out to be a non-stick, as well as heavy duty for cast iron skillet type cookin including oven proof. Note, pay attention to the warnings about not washing with soap and water, simply rinse out with hot water, dry, wipe with a coat of cooking oil and its ready for use.
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VIZ-Pro Light Magnetic Four Leg Whiteboard/Flipchart - Who doesnt need a white board, flip chart for making notes, drawing among other things.

WorkPro Quantum 9000 Series Chair

Livescribe 2GB Echo Smartpen

Cisco IOS Cookbook

Building Applications on Mesos: Leveraging Resilient, Scalable, and Distributed Systems

SanDisk 16GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card

Wired Mouse and Keyboard - Wired with USB Accessibility

6 Port Desktop USB Charger

AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

Ubiquiti NanoStation locoM2 2.4GHz Indoor/Outdoor airMax

Ubiquiti NanoStation M2 - Wireless Access Point

Ubiquiti Networks NanoStation Window/Wall Mount

Rylo 360 Video Camera (Android Version) - Breakthrough stabilization, 4K recording, includes 16GB SD card and Everyday Case

Rylo 360 Video Camera (iPhone Version) - Breakthrough stabilization, 4K recording, includes 16GB SD card and Everyday Case

Mini Hidden Security Camera Conbrov

Cuddeback IR Trail Game Hunting Camera

SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter

Sahale Snacks Grab & Go Mango Tango Almond Mix

Kubernetes: Up and Running: Dive into the Future of Infrastructure

5 Gallon 4.5 HP Wet Dry Shop Vac

Preasure Washer

Data Infrastructure Server StorageIO Book Shelf Recommended Reading

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

VMware vSphere 6.7 Clustering Deepdive

Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest - This is a good pocket size book to have around, I use this to double check common mushrooms I find, as well as learn about others.

Data Protection: Ensuring Data Availability - Book

Implementing CIFS: The Common Internet File System - Book

Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking - Book

VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive - Book

Docker: Up & Running: Shipping Reliable Containers in Production - Book

Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN): Administrator's Guide to VMware Virtual SAN - Book

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide: Storage and Analysis at Internet Scale - Book

Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud - Book

Implementing Cloud Storage with OpenStack Swift - Book

The Human Face of Big Data - Book

Linux Administration: A Beginner’s Guide - Book

TCP/IP Network Administration - Book

Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs - Book

Seven Databases in Seven Weeks: A Guide to Modern Databases and the NoSQL Movement - Book

NVMe, SSD, Flash, NVM, SCM, 3D XPoint, Optane and HDD Devices

Intel NUC (BOXNUC7I5BNHX1) Kit with 16GB Intel Optane Memory Preinstalled - I have a previous generation NUC, however have this one and some others on my wishlist. If you or your geek needs a simple, small yet robust server for the lab (VMware, Hyper-V) or as a Plex media or other server among other things, these are handy devices.

Intel NUC Generation 7 with DDR4 memory and 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD drive

This is a good system for a small office home office (SOHO), higher end home media server for Plex or similar, remote office branch office (ROBO), as a standalone or part of your home lab and learning environment.

You will need to order the following items:
  • Intel NUC BLKNUC7i3DNK1E (or similar) shown below
  • Some DDR4 compatible memory, more is better so go with 32GB (e.g. 2 x 16GB shown below)
  • An NVMe M.2 NGFF (K Key) SSD flash device, more is better, see 1TB device shown below

  • Intel NUC 7 Business Mini PC Kit Components Other BLKNUC7i3DNK1E by Intel

    DDR4 memory for Intel NUC (or other desktop / laptop form factor)

    Crucial 32GB Kit (16GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DR x8 Unbuffered SODIMM 260-Pin Memory - CT2K16G4SFD824A

    NVMe M.2 NGFF SSD flash device for NUC

    Samsung 960 EVO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E1T0BW) by Samsung IT

    Optional M.2 NVMe to SAS MiniHD for connecting U.2 8639 2.5" SSD flash drives to M.2 port

    Cable Matters Internal 12G HD Mini SAS SFF-8643 to U.2 SFF-8639 Cable with SATA power - 0.7m/2 Feet by Cable Matters

    Dimex ClimaTex Indoor/Outdoor Black Rubber Mat, 36" X 20'

    Dimex ClimaTex Indoor/Outdoor Black Rubber Runner Mat, 27" X 20'


    Some Intel NVMe Optane 3D XPoint based SSDs

    Intel SSDPED1D280GASX Optane SSD 900P 280GB AIC

    Intel SSDPE21D280GASM Optane SSD 900P 280GB U2M2
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    Intel Optane SSD P4800X Series (375GB, 1/2 Height PCIe x4, 20nm, 3D XPoint) Single Pack
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    Some Intel NVMe NAND Flash based SSDs

    The following are some Intel NVMe NAND flash based SSDs including PCIe Add in Card (AiC) along with U.2 SFF 8639 drive form factor devices. The Intel Optane are newer, however the 750 Series along with other Intel NAND Flash based SSDs are still good price performers and as well as provide value. I have accumulated several Intel 750 NVMe devices over past few years, check out this related post Get in the NVMe SSD game (if you are not already).

    Intel 750 Series 2.5" 800GB PCI Express 3.0 MLC Solid State Drive
    Intel 750 Series 2.5" 800GB PCI Express 3.0 MLC Solid State Drive SSDPE2MW800G4X1
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    Ableconn M.2 NGFF PCIe SSD to PCI Express 3.0 x4 Host Adapter Card

    Samsung 960 EVO Series - 250GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 SSD

    Samsung 960 PRO Series - 512GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 SSD

    Samsung 960 EVO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2


    This is a PCIe Add in Card NVMe Optane 900P based SSD (280GB) - I have the 2.5" NVMe U.2 Small Form Factor (SFF) PCIe x4 version of this and look forward to adding these to my collection of Intel 750 NVMe PCIe AiC devices. Here is a link to a 480GB version of the Optane 900P PCIe AIC, and here is a link to a 280GB PCIe NVMe U.2 900P version.

    Samsung DDR4-2133 16GB/2Gx72 ECC/REG CL15 DRAM Server Memory.

    Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 - Have a few of these for creating portable encrypted backups and protection copies that can be taken to a secure safe offsite location.

    Crucial MX300 525GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal flash Solid State Drive. ddd

    Intel Single Pack 400GB 750 Series Solid State Drive - NVMe and SSD storage including flash, 3D XPoint, Optane among others are in your future, if not already. If you have a need for speed and an available PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, this is a great price performer. <<<see previous reviews and links

    Ableconn PEXU2-132 NVMe adapter - This is a NVMe U.2 (SFF-8639) SSD PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter. With this adapter, you can attach NVMe U.2 2.5" flash and Optane among other drives and then plug them into a PCIe 3.0 x4 (or larger) slot. For example attaching Intel xxxx. <<<See photos>>>


    Check out this companion blog post using the Ablecon and Intel xxx.


    Audio, Video, Computers, Cameras, Security Cameras, Switches, Networks and Cables

    The following are various electronic devices including audio, stereo, telephone, video and security cameras, network switches, routers, cables along with related items.


    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th Gen) - 5th Generation Lenovo X1 with a 14" high deffinition screen and lots of performance. For as powerfull as this laptop is, its as light (or lighter) than many tablets. Great battery life and performance, high capacoity NVMe M.2 internal storage, this is a good successor to my previous X1 Carbon (among other ThinkPads I have or have had over a couple of decades).

    This X1 does not have touchscreen, however have another X1 Carbon that does and its heavier then this. Note that you can absolutely find lower cost laptops, however I like this for its keyboard, touchpad and trackpoint, fingerprint scanner, lightweight, performance and good graphics. There are also lower cost X1 Carbon 5th gen starting around (or lower than) $1,000 USD (depending on sales) however those may have less features to meet your needs. Here is an example whose price may vary over time of a lower-end X1 Carbon via Amazon.com. Also note that you can order these via Lenovo.com and have them fullfilled by Amazon which is what I do.


    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Power Adapter - Check your specific X1 model for compatibility as some have different plugs.

    Networking (Switches, Cables, Routers)

    Ubiquiti Networks UniFi AP AC Lite, Dual-Band 24V passive PoE

    UBNT AP AC Pro

    PoE Splitter - Remote USB Power over Ethernet

    PoE Injector for Power over Ethernet

    Cat 6 Ethernet Cable 7 Feet

    Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway Pro (USG-PRO-4)

    UBNT Unifi Security Gateway USG

    Security and IP Cameras

    Security Cameras

    Amcrest NV4108-HS 4K NVR (8CH 1080p/3MP/4MP/5MP/6MP/8MP) Network Video Recorder - Supports up to 8 x 8-Megapixel IP Cameras @30fps Realtime, Supports up to 6TB HDD (Not Included) (No Built-In WiFi)

    Seagate SkyHawk 4TB Surveillance Hard Drive - SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Drive (ST4000VX007)

    Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 1080P POE Dome IP Security Camera - IP67 Weatherproof, 1080P (1920 TVL), IP2M-844E (Black) * * *

    Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 3-Megapixel (2304 x 1296P) WiFi Wireless IP Security Bullet Camera - IP67 Weatherproof, 3MP (1080P/1296P), IP3M-943S (Silver)

    Amcrest IPM-723W Outdoor 960P 1.3 Megapixel (1280TVL) WiFi Wireless IP Security Bullet Camera - IP67 Weatherproof, 1.3MP (1280 x 960) (White)

    Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 3-Megapixel (2304 x 1296P) WiFi Wireless IP Security Bullet Camera - IP67 Weatherproof, 3MP (1080P/1296P), IP3M-943B (Black)

    2-Pack Amcrest UltraHD 2K (3MP/2304TVL) WiFi Video Security IP Camera w/ Pan/Tilt, Dual Band 5ghz/2.4ghz, Two-Way Audio, 3-Megapixel @ 20FPS, Wide 90° Viewing Angle & Night Vision IP3M-941W (White)

    Amcrest ProHD outdoor 1080P PoE dome IP security camera

    PoE splitter for cameras, wifi access points and other devices

    Amcrest 2K WiFi Video Security IP Camera with Pan/Tilt

    Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 1080P POE Dome IP Security Camera - IP67 Weatherproof, 1080P

    Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 3 Megapixel POE Vandal Dome IP Security Camera. Have tried others, found this to be realtively easy to setup and use.

    USB 3.0 to NGFF M.2 SSD Hard Disk Box B Key SSD Adapter External Enclosure Case - Keep in mind that your M.2 flash, Optane or other SSD device may not operate at its full speed as it will be limited by USB 3. However, this device is about comatibility, interoperabity, being able to use an M.2 (e.g. NGFF) device and attach via USB.

    Antennas (Digital TVs, OTA and Others)

    Antennas for off the air (OTA) digital TV and related uses.
    Off the air (ota) 160 mile range Outdoor Amplified TV Antenna

    Outdoor HDTV antenna amplified Long Range Omni-directional

    Amplified outdoor omni directional 60 mile range

    Amplified outdoor omni directional 60 mile range

    360 Degree Amplified outdoor / attic antenna

    Audio and Stereo

    Pioneer VSX-1131 7.2-Channel AV Receiver with MCACC built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

    Pioneer SC-LX501 Elite 7.2 Channel D3 Network AV Receiver, Black

    Pioneer VSXLX301 7.2 Channel Networked AV Receiver with Built-In Bluetooth & Wi-Fi

    Pioneer Elite Audio & Video Component Receiver black (VSX-LX102)

    Outdoors, Yard, Garden, Sports

    The following are various useful and recommended yard and outdoor items.

    Simpson preasure washer 3100 PSI at 2.5 GPM - For how portable this washer is, it is a beast with plenty of power doing a much better job of cleaning than previous power washers I have owned.

    IRWIN VISE GRIP Original Locking Chain Clamp - I have some docks with metal pipes that need to be jacked up for maintenance or moving in spring as well as fall. These chain vise grips make the process of jacking, lifting and handling items a breeze.

    Nitecore HC60 1000 Lumens dual-form compact headlamp - I Have some other lights for attaching to hats or caps, however this one is amazing, four settings from low to super high. Super high is along the lines of car headlights. Rechargeable Li-ion battery via USB, also comes with a bonus EdisonBright USB powered LED reading light.

    SmartStraps Ratchet Straps - 2 Pair 14 ft long, 5,000 lb, durable and easy to use. While not techie focused per say, these are great to have around the home for various projects. In the past have used lower cost ratchet straps that tend to break, difficult to use, or are just plan crap (a technical term). These may cost a little bit more however they last making them a good value.

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