A guide to planning, implementing, managing, and using storage area networks to increase the efficiency of your network infrastructure
During the last decade, a multitude of changes in computing technology and the globalization of business through the Internet have resulted in a tremendous growth in storage requirements. This has forced many organizations around the world to reassess the way they view their storage environment. Many applications, such as e-commerce, imaging, data warehousing, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Customer Relationship Management (CRM), fill storage media quickly. Data accessibility and availability for these applications has to be fast and efficient. Clearly, the ever-increasing information access requirements have had a profound effect on most data centers. As a result, many organizations are searching for cost-effective ways to ensure high data availability and reliability.
Storage Area Network Fundamentals presents the benefits of storage area networks (SANs) to corporate users and enables them to deploy SAN technology effectively. Designed as an introduction to SANs, Storage Area Network Fundamentals develops an understanding of SAN basics and shows how to plan, implement, and manage a SAN. This book covers the topologies, protocols, and products required to implement and manage efficient SANs.
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)
1. Networking and Storage Concepts.
Basic Networking Concepts and Topologies. OSI Reference Model. Common Network Devices. Network Topologies. MAC Standards. The Need for Storage Networks. Storage Devices and Techniques. NAS and SAN. SAN Standard Organizations.
Evolution and Benefits of SANs. SAN Components and Building Blocks. Data Access over SANs.
Overview of Fibre Channel Technology. Fibre Channel Ports. Fibre Channel Topologies. Fibre Channel Layers. Classes of Service.
HBAs. Fibre Channel Connectors. Hubs. Switches. Bridges. Routers. Storage Devices.
Copper-Based Cabling. Fiber-Optic Cabling.
Point-to-Point Topology. FC-AL Topology. Switched Fabric Topology.
SAN Design Considerations. Designing a SAN. Constructing a SAN. SAN Best Practices.
General Security Guidelines. Securing a SAN. Securing Business Environments.
Isolating and Troubleshooting Problems. Managing SANs. Disaster Management.
Emergence of iSCSI Technology. iSCSI Concepts. iSCSI Design Considerations and Security Requirements.
The Need for Change. SAN Technology Development. Non-SAN Technologies.
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