Storage Area Networks

Storage Area Networks : Designing and Implementing a Mass Storage System

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-- Evaluating, planning, and migrating to SAN storage architectures-- SAN concepts, components, and application in depth-- Management, backup, disaster recovery, and day-to-day administration-- Includes an overview of Fibre Channel, the SAN enablerThe complete guide to SAN technology for every implementer and manager!Every month, enterprises require more information, delivered faster, with greater reliability and traditional data storage methods no longer suffice. Enter the Storage Area Network (SAN), which can store enormous amounts of data, serve it at lightning speed, scale to meet accelerating growth, and deliver unprecedented reliability. Now, there's a complete guide to SAN technology for every IT professional and decision-maker. Storage Area Networks covers it all: key concepts, components, applications, implementation examples, management, and much more. Coverage includes: -- What SANs are, what they can do, and how they overcome the critical limitations of earlier data storage systems-- Evolving to SANs: best practices for building SANs from your legacy storage topologies-- An overview of Fibre Channel, the key enabling technology for SANs-- SAN configuration, device, and connectivity options in depth-- Well-managed SANs: day-to-day administration, backup, restore, and disaster recovery-- A detailed review of Hewlett-Packard's market-leading SAN product line: Fibre Channel chips, host bus adapters, hubs, arrays, tape libraries, bridges, switches, and moreStorage Area Networks also previews the future of SAN technology: policy-based SANs, emerging applications, and more. Whether you're considering a SAN for the firsttime, or you want a comprehensive management reference for the SAN you've already invested in, this book offers the insights, techniques, and guidance you need right now.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 178.1 x 234.2 x 19.6mm | 646.94g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • w. figs.
  • 0130279595
  • 9780130279590

Table of contents

1. The Storage Area Network.

What Is a SAN? Why Are SANs Needed? The Signs of a SAN.

2. A Brief History of Storage.

How Did We Get to Networking Storage Anyway? Tapes. Disks. Local Area Networks (LANs). Network Attached Storage. Mass Storage. RAID. Storage Area Networks (SANs).

3. A Brief Review of Fibre Channel.

Current Mass Storage Architectures. How Does Fibre Channel Help? Advantages of Fibre Channel for Mass Storage. Fibre Channel Basics. Topologies. Fibre Channel Functional Levels and Protocols. Functional Levels. FC-0: The Physical Layer. FC-1: The Transmission Protocol Level. FC-2: Framing Protocol. FC-3: Common Services. FC-4: Mapping. Upper Level Protocols. Classes of Service. FC-AL Characteristics. Operation of the FC-AL. Hubs. Hub Topologies.

4. The SAN in Detail.

SAN Principles. SAN Terms and Building Blocks. SAN Topologies. Other SAN Considerations. Summary.

5. Managing the SAN.

Generic Requirements for SAN Management. Hewlett-Packard SAN Management Products.

6. Backup and Restore.

Why Do Backups? SAN Demands on Backup. The Painful Rules of Backup. SAN Backup Media. SAN Backup Devices. SAN Backup Topologies.

7. Industry Implementations.

So Now We Have One; What Do We Do with It? General SAN Implementations. Special SAN Implementations.

8. HP SAN Hardware Products.

Hewlett-Packard's Fibre Channel Chips. Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters. FC-AL Hubs. Disk Arrays. Tape Libraries. SureStore E SCSI FC-SCSI FC 4/2 Bridge. Fibre Channel Switches.

9. An Interview with Duane Zitzner.

Biography. Interview.

10. Future Developments.

What Drives Change? SAN Technology Developments. Technology Changes Outside the SAN. New IT Applications. The IT SAN Management Professional. Future Applications. The Final Word. Glossary. Bibliography.

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About Ralph Thornburgh

RALPH THORNBURGH has been a Training Engineer Consultant at Hewlett-Packard Company for the past 11 years, writing 3 technical support manuals, 23 user manuals, and 21 training classes for HP support personnel worldwide. In his 25 years at HP, he has also been a trainer and a Data Center Manager in Information Systems. He is the author of Fibre Channel for Mass Storage (Prentice Hall PTR).

BARRY SCHOENBORN is an independent technical writer with 25 years' experience creating technical documents for HP and many other companies. He recently wrote the documentation for HP's newest and largest mass storage device, the SureStore E Disk Array XP256.
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