Storage Networks Explained: Basics and Application of Fibre Channel SAN, NAS, iSCSI and InfiniBand

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 5, 2005 - Computers - 432 pages
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"Storage Networks Explained has much to recommend it.... ararity in the literature of digital data storage – a completeexposition of both the base subject matter and its applications,which at the same time offers a level of readability making itsuitable as an introduction to the subject. Storage NetworksExplained is also flexible. It can be read cover-to-cover,browsed, or used as a reference. I recommend Storage NetworksExplained as an essential component of any active informationtechnology library."
&emdash;Paul Massiglia, Technical Director, VERITASSoftware Corporation

Storage networks will become a basic technology likedatabases or local area networks. According to market research, 70%of external storage devices will be connected via storage networksin 2003. The authors have hands-on experience of network storagehardware and software, they teach customers about concrete networkstorage products, they understand the concepts behind storagenetworks, and show customers how storage networks address theirbusiness needs.

Storage networks provide shared access to stored data frommultiple computers and servers, thus increasing storageefficiency  and availability. They permit informationmanagement functions such as backup and recovery, data mirroring,disaster recovery, and data migration to be performed quickly andefficiently, with a minimum of system overhead.

This book explains how to use storage networks to fixmalfunctioning business processes, covering the technologies aswell as applications. A hot topic that will become increasinglyimportant in the coming years.

  • One of the first books to focus on using rather than buildingstorage networks, and how to solve problems.
  • Looking beyond technology and showing the true benefits ofstorage networks.
  • Covers fibre channel SAN, Network Attached Storage, iSCSI andInfiniBand technologies.
  • Contains several case studies (e.g. the example of a travelportal, protecting a critical database)
  • Endorsed by the Storage Networking Industry Association.
  • Written by very experienced professionals who tailored the bookspecifically to meet customer needs including support withsupplementry material on Troppens website and Preface written byTony Clark.

Provides basic application information key for systemsadministrators, database administrators and managers who need toknow about the networking aspects of their systems. As well assystems architects, network managers, information managementdirectors and decision makers.
This book also supports applications for graduate students andother relevant courses in the field.

Awarded Best System Administration Book 2005 by theLinux Journal

 

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Contents

PART I Technologies for Storage Networks
11
PART II Application and Management of Storage Networks
163
Glossary
353
Annotated Bibliography
373
Appendix A Proof of the Calculation of the Parity Block of RAID 4 and 5
379
Appendix B Checklist for the Management of Storage Networks
381
Index
387
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About the author (2005)

Ulf Troppens and Rainer Erkens are employed at IBMTotalStorage Interoperability Center in Mainz, a testing,development and demonstration laboratory for storage products andstorage networks. Both authors work at the interface betweentechnology and customers. Their duties include the testing of newproducts and the validation of concepts on the basis of customerenvironments set up in the laboratory. They present the latesthardware and software products in the field of storage networks tocustomers and discuss the set up test environment with them.

Ulf Tropes studied Computer Science at the University ofKarlsruhe until 1995. Since 1989 he has been primarily involved inthe administration of Unix systems, storage systems, data andstorage networks and distributed applications. In April 2004 Ulf joined Wolfgang's team to help with the roll-out of a softwarefor tape library virtualization.

Rainer Erkens studied Mathematics at the University of Mainzuntil 2000. His experience in the management of computers and themanagement of distributed applications goes back to 1992. Since2000 he has been working primarily with storage systems and storagenetworks. In February 2004 he was appointed to Chairman of the SNIAEurope Solutions Committee.

Wolfgang Müller is currently working as a softwarearchitect in the Storage Software Development Department at IBM inMainz, Germany, where the focus is on software development projectssupporting open standards such as SMI-S/CIM/WBEM and IEEE 1244. Hereceived his Dipl.-Inform. (FH) degree in computer science from theUniversity of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt, Germany, in 1993.

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