The Holy Grail of Network Storage Management

The Holy Grail of Network Storage Management

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The Holy Grail of Network Storage Management, by noted IT veteran and author Jon William Toigo, is a comprehensive, vendor-neutral guide to networked storage management. The book gives consumers straight information on the business value of current products and technologies, and describes how to make informed purchases that will help realize current and strategic goals. This book is intended for storage administrators, IT decision-makers and architects, financial investors examining the storage industry, and vendors who are seeking to meet customer requirements with solutions that deliver measurable business value.
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 172.2 x 240.3 x 20.8mm | 576.07g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130284165
  • 9780130284167

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Critical and timely analysis of current storage technologies and trends A unique vendor-agnostic perspective that cuts through the marketing hype! Information you can use to leverage the capabilities-and cope with the limitations-of current data storage technologies The latest installment in a comprehensive, vendor-neutral guide to data management If your organization is like most, data storage is the biggest line item in your IT budget-despite the fact that the cost of storage media is dropping at a rate of over 50 percent per year. That's because data itself is poorly managed, a task typically assigned to technical staff who lack either the tools or the skills to design, plan, administer, and operate the data storage infrastructure efficiently. How can you cope with the requirement to provision storage capacity to the applications that need it in a world of increasingly constrained IT budgets? How can you protect your most critical corporate asset-data-when your technology options come down to selecting one proprietary and non-interoperable solution versus another? What can you do to rein in an industry that seems more concerned about growing market share than solving the real-world problems that you face every day? The "Holy Grail of Network Storage Management," by noted author, speaker, and IT veteran Jon William Toigo, provides a compelling and objective analysis of what is wrong with today's storage technologies, and delivers actionable information for coping with the situation from the consumer's point of view. In his clear, engaging style, Toigo cuts through the hype and offers straight advice on the problems of the current storage architecture. In The Holy Grail of Network Storage Management you'll find practical measures for surmounting the limitations of current technology as well as for confronting the "two towers of storage pain"-provisioning storage to applications and protecting data from loss or corruption. Ultimately, you'll be able to critique product offerings and to select and deploy only those technologies that deliver real business value. You'll also find: Techniques on deriving the most from the least in your data storage infrastructure A scheme for data management that can deliver enormous value with minimal changes in existing operating systems and storage subsystems Methods for gaining advantage in product purchasing, skills for making effective choices that address current and strategic goals, and more! This book is intended for storage administrators, IT decision-makers and architects, financial investors examining the storage industry, and for those vendors who are seeking to deliver real architecture, rather than marketecture, to their customers.
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Table of contents

List of illustrations.



1. Introduction.

Conspiracy Theory. The Storage Industry: Fear of Standards and Commoditization. Another Industry Concern: The Rise of a Dominant Player. The Road to Unification? Yesterday's Resellers, Tomorrow's Competitors. About This Book. Endnotes.

2. The Data Explosion and Matters of the Disk.

The Data Explosion Myth. Deconstructing the Data Explosion Myth. Fact and Fiction in Networked Storage. From Evolution to Revolution: The Myth of the Fibre Channel SAN. Endnotes.

3. 21st Century Oxymorons: Jumbo Shrimp and Fibre Channel SAN.

SANs and Capacity Allocation Efficiency. The "V" Word. Capacity Utilization Efficiency: Another Grail. What About Management? Conclusion. Endnotes.

4. Sanity Check on IP SANs.

IP SANs and Metcalfe's Law. What, When, and Where ISCSI. Why IP SANs? Conclusion.

5. The Quest for Networked Storage: Many Roads to Rome.

The Zen Riddle of Storage Networking. Block and File. NAS/SAN Hybrids. Conclusion. Endnotes.

6. Making Storage Platforms Smarter.

The Sources of Storage Infrastructure Value. Barriers to Growth in Disk and Consequences for Platform Decision Making. Media Materials Are Key. Capacity Versus Performance and Other Economic Realities. Economic Realities. Back to Architecture. Disk and Array Selection Criteria. Storage Intelligence Begins With Informed and Pragmatic Device Decisions. Endnotes.

7. Virtualization:Still a Dirty Word?

A Brief Overview of Virtualization in IT. SANs and Virtualization. Host Software-Based Virtualization. "In-Band" Virtualization. Out-of-Band Virtualization. Array Controller-Based Virtualization. Are Switches the New Virtualization Platform? Back to Reality. Endnotes.

8. Squeezing Real Value from Storage.

What is Capacity Utilization Efficiency? Hierarchical Storage Management. A Brief Overview of Storage Resource Management Architecture. Product-Centric Management. Infrastructure-Centric or Storage Resource Management (SRM). Application-Centric Management. Data-Centric Storage Management. Not Speculation. In the Absence of a Data-Centric Storage Management Solution. Endnotes.

9. Final Word: Tape is Dead...Maybe.

Data Protection. The Backup Versus Mirror Debate. Tape is Not a Panacea. Mirroring is Not a Silver Bullet. Enhanced Backup Options Exist. Attacking Backup Time. DDT: Not the Pesticide, The Other DDT. Saving Restore Time. The Bottom Line About Bolt-Ons. Endnotes.

10. The Cone of Silence.

A Security Capability for Storage. The Three A's of Security. Which is More Secure: IP or Fibre Channel? Burgeoning Technologies. Storage Encryption. Adapting Other Security Concepts to Storage. Conclusion. Endnotes.

11. Conclusion: Joining the Quest for the Holy Grail.

The Solution is Out There. Professionalism, Pragmatism, and Cosumerism. What is to be Done? Endnotes.


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About Jon William Toigo

Jon William Toigo is CEO and managing partner of Toigo Partners International LLC, a global demand-side IT research and analysis firm that focuses on the business value of storage technology. He is also the founder of The Data Management Institute LLC, a professional organization for data managers that offers training, certification and consumer advocacy. A 20-year IT veteran, Toigo has worked within corporate information systems departments and served as a senior consultant with two international systems integrators. He has written 14 books, more than 1,000 articles, and five widely read columns in the technology trade press.
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