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Designing Storage Area Networks

by Tom Clark

ISBN 0201615843 / 9780201615845 / 0-201-61584-3
Publisher Addison-Wesley Professional
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Storage Area Networks (SANs) powered by Fibre Channel technology far exceed the capabilities of traditional storage and throughput methods and are quickly becoming the solution of choice for organizations that require high-volume data handling capacity. Written for network developers, technical staff, IT consultants, administrators, and managers, Designing Storage Area Networks goes far beyond a straight description of Fibre Channel specifications and standards; it offers practical guidelines for implementing and utilizing SANs to solve the real-world needs of business networks. This concise design and implementation guide introduces Fibre Channel SAN technology and demonstrates exactly how it can be used to address specific application challenges--from server clustering to ISP hosting, server-free tape backup to full-motion video. With this book, you will learn how Fibre Channel works and how to organize Fibre Channel components into an effective, scalable design; and you will discover today's best methods for managing storage area networks and volumes, including new troubleshooting techniques. You will find coverage of such vital topics as: * Fibre Channel layers * Gigabit transport and gigabit interface converters (GBICs) * Flow control * Point-to-point topology * Arbitrated Loops and Arbitrated Loop hubs * Switching hubs * Fabrics and fabric switches * Host bus adapters * Fibre Channel RAID and Fibre Channel JBODs * Fibre Channel-to-SCSI bridges * SAN management and problem isolation techniques * Building extended SANs Most important, the book features detailed case studies that demonstrate how SANs can solve a number of commonly encountered business challenges, including LAN-free and server-free tape backup, server clustering, and disaster recovery. As an information systems professional, you must keep pace with this powerful new technology. This book will serve as your guide to understanding the implications of Fibre Channel SANs and successfully applying them to the needs of your organization. 0201615843B04062001 [via]