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Data Infrastructure Recommended Reading List and Book Shelf

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Updated 10/30/17

The following is an evolving recommended reading list of data infrastructure topics including, server, storage I/O, networking, cloud, virtual, container, data protection and related topics that includes books, blogs, podcast's, events and industry links among other resources.

Various Data Infrastructure including hardware, software, services related links:

Links A-E
Links F-J
Links K-O
Links P-T
Links U-Z
Other Links

In addition to my own books including Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press 2017), the following are Server StorageIO recommended reading, watching and listening list items. The list includes various IT, Data Infrastructure and related topics.

Intel Recommended Reading List (IRRL) for developers is a good resource to check out.

Check out the Blogtober list of check out some of the blogs and posts occurring during October 2017 here.

Preston De Guise aka @backupbear is Author of several books has an interesting new site Foolsrushin.info that looks at topics including Ethics in IT among others. Check out his new book Data Protection: Ensuring Data Availability (CRC Press 2017) and available via Amazon.com here.

Brendan Gregg has a great site for Linux performance related topics here.

Greg Knieriemen has a must read weekly blog, post, column collection of whats going on in and around the IT and data infrastructure related industries, Check it out here.

Interested in file systems, CIFS, SMB, SAMBA and related topics then check out Chris Hertels book on implementing CIFS here at Amazon.com

For those involved with VMware, check out Frank Denneman VMware vSphere 6.5 host resource guide-book here at Amazon.com.

Docker: Up & Running: Shipping Reliable Containers in Production by Karl Matthias & Sean P. Kane via Amazon.com here.

Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN): Administrator's Guide to VMware Virtual SAN,2nd ed. by Cormac Hogan & Duncan Epping via Amazon.com here.

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide: Storage and Analysis at Internet Scale by Tom White via Amazon.com here.

Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud by Brendan Gregg Via Amazon.com here.

Implementing Cloud Storage with OpenStack Swift by Amar Kapadia, Sreedhar Varma, & Kris Rajana Via Amazon.com here.

The Human Face of Big Data by Rick Smolan & Jennifer Erwitt Via Amazon.com here.

VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive (Vol. 1) by Duncan Epping & Frank Denneman Via Amazon.com here. Note: This is an older title, but there are still good fundamentals in it.

Linux Administration: A Beginners Guide by Wale Soyinka Via Amazon.com here.

TCP/IP Network Administration by Craig Hunt Via Amazon.com here.

Cisco IOS Cookbook: Field tested solutions to Cisco Router Problems by Kevin Dooley and Ian Brown Via Amazon.com here.

I often mention in presentations a must have for anybody involved with software defined anything, or programming for that matter which is the Niklaus Wirth classic Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs that you can get on Amazon.com here.

Seven Databases in Seven Weeks including NoSQL

Another great book to have is Seven Databases in Seven Weeks (here is a book review) which not only provides an overview of popular NoSQL databases such as Cassandra, Mongo, HBASE among others, lots of good examples and hands on guides. Get your copy here at Amazon.com.

Additional Data Infrastructure and related topic sites

In addition to those mentioned above, other sites, venues and data infrastructure related resources include:

aiim.com - Archiving and records management trade group
apache.org - Various open-source software
blog.scottlowe.org - Scott Lowe VMware Networking and topics
blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/virtual_pc_guy - Ben Armstrong Hyper-V blog
brendangregg.com - Linux performance-related topics
cablemap.info - Global network maps
CMG.org - Computer Measurement Group (CMG)
communities.vmware.com - VMware technical community and resources
comptia.org - Various IT, cloud, and data infrastructure certifications
cormachogan.com - Cormac Hogan VMware and vSAN related topics
csrc.nist.gov - U.S. government cloud specifications
dmtf.org - Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF)
ethernetalliance.org - Ethernet industry trade group
fibrechannel.org - Fibre Channel trade group
github.com - Various open-source solutions and projects
Intel Reading List - recommended reading list for developers
ieee.org - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ietf.org - Internet Engineering Task Force
iso.org - International Standards Organizations
it.toolbox.com - Various IT and data infrastructure topics forums
labs.vmware.com/flings - VMware Fling additional tools and software
nist.gov - National Institute of Standards and Technology
nvmexpress.org - NVM Express (NVMe) industry trade group
objectstoragecenter.com - Various object and cloud storage items
opencompute.org - Open Compute Project (OCP) servers and related topics
opendatacenteralliance.org - Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA)
openfabrics.org - Open-fabric software industry group
opennetworking.org - Open Networking Foundation (ONF)
openstack.org - OpenStack resources
pcisig.com - Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) trade group
reddit.com - Various IT, cloud, and data infrastructure topics
scsita.org - SCSI trade association (SAS and others)
SNIA.org - Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA)
Speakingintech.com - Popular industry and data infrastructure podcast
technet.microsoft.com - Microsoft TechNet data infrastructure–related topics
thenvmeplace.com - various NVMe and related tools, topics and links
thevpad.com - Collection of various virtualization and related sites
thessdplace.com - various NVM, SSD, flash, 3D XPoint related topics, tools, links
tpc.org - Transaction Performance Council benchmark site
vmug.org - VMware User Groups (VMUG)
wahlnetwork.com - Chris Whal Networking and related topics
yellow-bricks.com - Duncan Epping VMware and related topics

Additional Data Infrastructure Venues

Additional useful data infrastructure related information can be found at BizTechMagazine, BrightTalk, ChannelProNetwork, ChannelproSMB, ComputerWeekly, Computerworld, CRN, CruxialCIO, Data Center Journal (DCJ), Datacenterknowledge, and DZone. Other good sourses include Edtechmagazine, Enterprise Storage Forum, EnterpriseTech, Eweek.com, FedTech, Google+, HPCwire, InfoStor, ITKE, LinkedIn, NAB, Network Computing, Networkworld, and nextplatform. Also check out Reddit, Redmond Magazine and Webinars, Spiceworks Forums, StateTech, techcrunch.com, TechPageOne, TechTarget Venues (various Search sites, e.g., SearchStorage, SearchSSD, SearchAWS, and others), theregister.co.uk, TheVarGuy, Tom’s Hardware, and zdnet.com, among many others.

Where To Learn More

Learn more about related technology, trends, tools, techniques, and tips with the following links.

What This All Means

The above is an evolving collection of recommended reading including what I have on my physical and virtual bookshelves, as well as list of web sites, blogs and podcasts worth listening, reading or watching. Watch for more items to be added to the book shelf soon, and if you have a suggested recommendation, add it to the comments below.

By the way, if you have not heard, its #Blogtober, check out some of the other blogs and posts occurring during October here.

Ok, nuff said, for now.


Greg Schulz - Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, VMware vExpert 2010-2017 (vSAN and vCloud). Author of Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press), as well as Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press), Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier) and twitter @storageio. Courteous comments are welcome for consideration. First published on https://storageioblog.com any reproduction in whole, in part, with changes to content, without source attribution under title or without permission is forbidden.

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Greg Schulz is founder of the Server and StorageIO (StorageIO) Group, an IT industry analyst and consultancy firm. Greg has worked with various server operating systems along with storage and networking software tools, hardware and services. Greg has worked as a programmer, systems administrator, disaster recovery consultant, and storage and capacity planner for various IT organizations. He has worked for various vendors before joining an industry analyst firm and later forming StorageIO.

In addition to his analyst and consulting research duties, Schulz has published over a thousand articles, tips, reports and white papers and is a sought after popular speaker at events around the world. Greg is also author of the books Resilient Storage Network (Elsevier) and The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC). His blog is at www.storageioblog.com and he can also be found on twitter @storageio.