Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking

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  • Includes 50-60 tables, figures, and diagrams
  • Offers numerous tips and recommendations
  • Provides case studies and real-world examples
  • Supplies access to additional material online


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. Consequently, IT organizations are looking to do more with what they have while supporting growth along with new services without compromising on cost and service delivery.

Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking, by savvy IT industry veteran Greg Schulz, looks at converging IT resources and management technologies for facilitating efficient and effective delivery of information services, including enabling of Information Factories. Regardless of your experience level, Schulz guides you through the various technologies and techniques available for achieving efficient information services delivery. Coverage includes:

  • Information services delivery model options and best practices
  • Metrics for efficient E2E IT management
  • Server, storage, I/O networking, and data center virtualization
  • Converged and cloud storage services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
  • Data protection for virtual, cloud, and physical environments
  • Data footprint reduction and data protection modernization
  • High availability, business continuance, and disaster recovery
  • This much-needed reference brings together technology themes and topics that are converging in IT and data center environments for enabling effective information services, in a practical and hype-free manner. When it comes to IT clouds and virtualization, you must look before you leap. This book will help you address the questions of when, where, with what, and how to leverage cloud, virtual, and data storage networking as part of your IT infrastructure.

    A video of Greg Schulz discussing his new book is featured on the CRC Press YouTube channel.

    Visit Slideshare to view a slide presentation based on the book.

    Table of Contents

    Data Storage and Networking Trends and Issues
    Data Storage and Networking Fundamentals

    Storing and Managing Your Data
    Data Footprint Impact Reduction
    Protecting, Preserving and Serving Your Data
    Performance, Availability, Capacity and Energy Planning

    Storage Devices: Solutions and Options
    Storage Connectivity: Networking Your Servers and Storage
    Data and Storage Networking Management Tools
    Integrated and Unified Solutions

    Various Topics, Issues and Opportunities
    Public and Private Clouds
    Server Virtualization
    Enterprise Environments
    Large Scale Environments
    SMB and ROBO
    Somewhere Over the Technology Futures Rainbow

    Who is Doing What
    Where to Learn More

    Index and Glossary
    About the Author

    Author Bio(s)

    Editorial Reviews

    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.
    -Greg Brunton, EDS, an HP Company

    Cloud computing provides computation, software, data access, and storage services that do not require end-user knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services. The underlying concept of cloud computing dates back to the 1960s when John McCarthy opined that ‘computation may someday be organized as a public utility.’ Numerous parallels to the concept of cloud computing are often drawn with the electricity grid: end users consume power without needing to understand the component devices or infrastructure required to provide the service. Cloud computing is a natural evolution of the widespread adoption of virtualization, service oriented architectures, and utility computing.

    Greg Schulz is a highly regarded analyst and author in the storage industry. He is a frequently sought after speaker and source for expert level analysis and quotes for industry articles. This book is a follow-up to his 2009 book (which I also had the good fortune of reviewing) 'The Green and Virtual Data Center'. Greg’s latest book takes up right where 'The Green and Virtual Data Center' left off.

    There is so much discussion about cloud computing and virtualization out today that its mind boggling. It also is enough to cause a headache. 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.

    The book covers service delivery models, metrics, data protection, cost reduction strategies, convergence, business continuity, and server/storage/networking virtualization. It has detailed chapters on each of these topics, plus many others. The book ties all of these areas of cloud computing together in an extremely well organized and easy to follow manner. Greg’s writing style is very engaging, which is rare for IT books. Each chapter has a very good introduction and comprehensive summary.

    This book, (along with its 2009 predecessor) makes an outstanding read and reference tome for IT professionals. I also believe the two books taken together would make an outstanding set of textbooks for college level computer science/information systems courses on virtualization and cloud computing.
    —Stephen R. Guendert, PhD, on, November 2011