Storage Networking Fundamentals: An Introduction to Storage Devices, Subsystems, Applications, Management, and File Systems
- By Marc Farley
- Published Dec 9, 2004 by Cisco Press. Part of the Fundamentals series.
- Copyright 2005
- Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
- Pages: 480
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 1-58705-162-1
- ISBN-13: 978-1-58705-162-3
- eBook (Adobe DRM)
- ISBN-10: 1-58705-286-5
- ISBN-13: 978-1-58705-286-6
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Product Author Bios
Marc Farley has more than 13 years of experience in the field of network storage. He started working with the technology in 1991 as a systems engineer with Palindrome Corporation, an early innovator in data management technologies for PC LAN environments. Since 1991, Marc has worked in a variety of marketing and strategy-related positions, covering a wide variety of storage technologies, including storage routers, disk subsystems, file-level virtualization, and storage switches. Marc is well-known throughout the networked storage industry for his objective, vendor-independent, in-depth analysis of storage technologies. His writing includes Building Storage Networks, first and second editions. He has also written many articles, white papers, and opinion pieces that have been published in the computer industry trade press. He regularly speaks at industry conferences and events and participates in online seminars and discussions. Marc holds a bachelor of science in physics from the University of Washington.
An Introduction to Storage Devices, Subsystems, Applications, Management, and File Systems
- Learn fundamental storage concepts with this comprehensive introduction
- Compare storage device technologies, including Fibre Channel, SCSI, ATA, and SATA and understand their uses in network storage subsystems
- Learn about key storage processes such as volume management, storage virtualization, data snapshots, mirroring, RAID, backup, and multipathing
- Clarify the roles of file systems and databases within network storage
- Take the next step—this book prepares you to become a storage networking expert
Storage networking has become an essential ingredient in Internet information infrastructures. Becoming competent in this new and important technology area requires a sound understanding of storage technologies and principles. Storage Networking Fundamentals gives you an in-depth look into the most important storage technologies. The entire storage landscape is described, incorporating a complete view of system, device, and subsystem operations and processes. Learn how to protect data effectively using mirroring, RAID, remote copy, and backup/ recovery systems. Virtual storage technologies, such as volume management, RAID, and network virtualization, are analyzed and discussed in detail. High-availability storage through dynamic multipathing and clustered/distributed file systems is explained as are designs for robust storage subsystems. Finally, the confusing and arcane worlds of file systems and SCSI are clarified, including the role of initiators, targets, logical units, and LUNs.
Storage Networking Fundamentals is a comprehensive overview of storage technologies that also provides insights on designing and running SAN and NAS implementations.
This book is part of the Cisco Press Fundamentals Series. Books in this series introduce networking professionals to new networking technologies, covering network topologies, example deployment concepts, protocols, and management techniques.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent at the Fundamentals,
This review is from: Storage Networking Fundamentals: An Introduction to Storage Devices, Subsystems, Applications, Management, and File Systems (Vol 1) (Paperback)This book was not what I expected...I pre-ordered it as soon as I saw that Cisco Press had a new storage book coming out, and I expected that at least some of its content would cover Cisco's storage products (the MDS line in particular). I got the book the week it came out, looked at the TOC and was immediately disappointed. That's the bad news. The good news is that I read the book anyway and was very pleasantly suprised. This is an awesome book about "storage networking fundamentals". Had my expectations been in line with the very clear title, I wouldn't have been disappointed. The title is not misleading, I just assumed that it would have MDS content.
This is definitely the most relevant and up-to-date text about storage networking, and I find myself constantly recommending it to other engineers who want to see what storage networking is all about. As other reviewers noted - the author doesn't go terribly deep on every topic. Again, the title says it all -... Read more
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Broad, High Level Overview,
This review is from: Storage Networking Fundamentals: An Introduction to Storage Devices, Subsystems, Applications, Management, and File Systems (Vol 1) (Paperback)This book is a broad overview of all things related to data storage:
* how disk drives work
* how file systems and drivers use disk drives
* direct attached storage (local disk drive)
* NAS (network attached storage)
* SAN (storage area network)
* backups and tape technologies
With this much territory to cover, the author had to choose between writing an encyclopedia and keeping things high level. He opted for high level. The book is a good way to get started with these topics but it doesn't take you far enough to be practical. The author strives for vendor neutrality (and achieves it), but of course you can only use products from vendors. Getting a handle on any particular product should be easier once you've read this.
The ordering of the material is not the best. Of the topics covered, most people understand the file system best. This... Read more
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Book!! Great for Fundamentals,
This review is from: Storage Networking Fundamentals: An Introduction to Storage Devices, Subsystems, Applications, Management, and File Systems (Vol 1) (Paperback)Storage Networking Fundamentals: An Introduction to Storage Devices, Subsystems, Applications, Management, and File Systems
Reviewer Name: David Hodde
Reviewer Certification(s): CCIE
Rating: **** out of *****
As the name indicates this book is an introduction to all aspects of storage networking. While you think it may just deal with SANs, it does not. Author Marc Farley starts with as he calls it, "The Big Picture of Storage Netorking". These chapters cover basic storage principles and how storage I/O works. He then follows with a discussion of the different storage architectures available and their history. While this may not seem important, for the person entering the storage arena it's valuable information to know where storage has come in the last 20 years.
The next two parts cover data redundancy and storage and data management. Farley gives very good descriptions on the different redundancy options available. He also goes... Read more
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Praise For Storage Networking Fundamentals: An Introduction to Storage Devices, Subsystems, Applications, Management, and File Systems
Storage Networking Fundamentals
Reviewer Name: David Hodde, Instructor
Reviewer Certification: CCIE
Rating: **** out of *****
As the name indicates this book is an introduction to all aspects of storage networking. While you think it may just deal with SANs, it does not. Author Marc Farley starts with, as he calls it, "The Big Picture of Storage Netorking." These chapters cover basic storage principles and how storage I/O works. He then follows with a discussion of the different storage architectures available and their history. While this may not seem important, for the person entering the storage arena it's valuable information to know where storage has come in the last 20 years.
The next two parts cover data redundancy and storage and data management. Farley gives very good descriptions on the different redundancy options available. He also goes into an analysis of the different advantages and disadvantages of each. While it’s not an extensive discussion it does give an administrator a basis for an analysis. Discussions of remote file copy and multipathing, which are very important in storage networking, are described and broken down into terms that the novice storage person can comprehend.
While the first three parts of the book may seem like a review and unnecessary to most. They do provide a good foundation for Parts IV and V, which deal with storage and data management. As Farley points out these two areas are important and should not book overlooked by the storage administrator. With the ever changing legal environment and governmental regulations, data management and retention looks to be the next big evolution in storage management.
As advertised Storage Networking Fundamentals: An Introduction to Storage Devices, Subsystems, Applications, Management, and File Systems provides a good introduction to storage fundamentals for the person new to storage. For the person already familiar with storage it provides details that were either not know or forgotten. At the very least it provides some of the latest information in the storage arena.
I would highly recommend this book for anybody involved with storage administration or storage networking.
Storage Networking Fundamentals
Reviewer Name: Michael J. Morris, WAN Architect
Reviewer Certification: CCIE No. 11733
Rating: ***** out of *****
Storage Networking Fundamentals is a very well-written book. As the title implies, it provides a fantastic introduction to Storage Area Networking, providing details from disk drive mechanics to Information Life-Cycle Management (ILM). Furthermore, this book impressed me because it consistently did one thing: it did not push or suggest Cisco products. This book very clearly at the beginning stated it was not a networking book, but a storage book. It then sets out to explain Storage Area Networking in vendor neutral terms. If fact, it pokes fun at a few vendors because of the multitude of standards and technologies in Storage Networking. This should be commended as well as appreciated. The author does not adhere to one vendor's technology, but addresses general terms and explains where differences between vendors occur.
I particularly liked Part II of the book that covered the actual hardware and software that makes a SAN work. This nicely started with a detailed overview of hard drives, the building blocks of storage, and ended with technologies for connecting Storage Area Networks. Very nice growth and building on previous chapters.
My only small complaint about the book was its chapter layout. It would've been easier to understand Part II if Chapter 14 and 15 would've come first. This explains file systems and how they interact with storage. Being an introduction to Storage Area Networking, it would've been appropriate to explain storage to the reader as they perceive storage now. And since an introductory reader understands file systems, since they interact with a personal computer daily, it would've been nice to include these concepts earlier in the book. However, this is a minor flaw.
Overall, I recommend this book to anyone looking to start learning Storage Area Networking. A very well-written book with easy to understand concepts. 5 Stars!Review by Fouzan M. Pal, CCNA
Review by Samuel Bolanos, Cisco Networking Academy Program Instructor
Online Sample Chapter
Table of Contents
Part I The Big Picture of Storage Networking
Chapter 1 Data Access in the Internet Era
Chapter 2 Establishing a Context for Understanding Storage Networks
Chapter 3 Getting Down with Storage I/O
Part II Working with Devices and Subsystems in Storage Networks
Chapter 4 Storage Devices
Chapter 5 Storage Subsystems
Chapter 6 SCSI Storage Fundamentals and SAN Adapters
Chapter 7 Device Interconnect Technologies for Storage Networks
Part III Applications for Data Redundancy
Chapter 8 An Introduction to Data Redundancy and Mirroring
Chapter 9 Bigger, Faster, More Reliable Storage with RAID
Chapter 10 Redundancy Over Distance with Remote Copy
Chapter 11 Connection Redundancy in Storage Networks and Dynamic Multipathing
Part IV The Foundations of Storage and Data Management
Chapter 12 Storage Virtualization: The Power in Volume Management Software and SAN Virtualization Systems
Chapter 13 Network Backup: The Foundation of Storage Management
Part V Filing Systems and Data Management in Networks
Chapter 14 File System Fundamentals
Chapter 15 Network File Systems and Network Attached Storage
Chapter 16 New Directions in Network Filing: Clustered File Systems, Distributed File Systems, and Network Storage for Databases
Chapter 17 Data Management
Part VI Appendixes
Appendix A Q & A Answers
Appendix B INCITS Storage Standards
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