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Designing Storage Area Networks: A Practical Reference for Implementing Fibre Channel and IP SANs, Second Edition
By Tom Clark
Publisher : Addison Wesley
Date Published : March 28, 2003
ISBN : 0-321-13650-0
Pages : 592

Designing Storage Area Networks, Second Edition, succinctly captures the key technologies that are driving the storage networking industry. Tom Clark's works are helping to educate the IT community to the benefits and challenges of shared storage and are recommended reading for anyone wishing to understand this exciting new technology."
—Sheila Childs, VP Product Management, Legato Systems Chairperson, SNIA

Fibre Channel SANs have become a mainstay at the backend of the biggest corporations on the planet. The second edition of Designing Storage Area Networks brings the next wave of connection (IP) points and management into context, helping the user to quickly understand all the benefits before them."
—Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group

Designing Storage Area Networks, Second Edition, provides a practical roadmap through the ever-changing landscape of SAN technology. The new Fibre Channel, IP, and virtualization initiatives covered in this work will enable customers to implement comprehensive shared storage solutions that reduce management overhead and cost."
—John Webster, Founder and SeniorAnalyst, Data Mobility Group

Storage Area Networks (SANs) are now recognized as the preferred solution for fulfilling institutions' and enterprises' critical data-storage needs. Whether powered by Fibre Channel or TCP/IP and Gigabit Ethernet technology, SANs far exceed the capabilities of traditional storage access methods. SANs are quickly becoming the solution of choice for organizations that require high-volume data-handling capacity.

Written for network developers, IT consultants, administrators, and managers, this updated and greatly expanded edition of the best-selling Designing Storage Area Networks goes far beyond a straight description of technical specifications and standards. The text offers practical guidelines for using diverse SAN technologies to solve existing networking problems in large-scale corporate networks. With this book you will learn how the technologies work and how to organize their components into an effective, scalable design. In doing so, you will discover today's best methods for managing storage area networks, including new troubleshooting techniques.

Designing Storage Area Networks, Second Edition, also 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, evolving technology.

Key topic coverage includes:

  • Using the SNIA Shared Storage Model

  • Fibre Channel layers and protocols

  • Fabrics and fabric switches

  • Host bus adapters

  • Fibre Channel RAID and Fibre Channel JBODs

  • iSCSI and IP storage protocols and products

  • SAN management and problem isolation techniques

  • Building extended SANs for data center and remote storage access

•  Table of Contents
Designing Storage Area Networks: A Practical Reference for Implementing Fibre Channel and IP SANs, Second Edition
By Tom Clark
Publisher : Addison Wesley
Date Published : March 28, 2003
ISBN : 0-321-13650-0
Pages : 592
      The Organization of This Book
    Chapter 1.  Introduction
      Section 1.1.  Using the SNIA Shared Storage Model
      Section 1.2.  Example: Carlson Companies
      Section 1.3.  Text Overview
      Section 1.4.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 2.  Storage and Networking Concepts
      Section 2.1.  Networking in front of the Server
      Section 2.2.  The SCSI Architecture
      Section 2.3.  The Parallel SCSI Bus
      Section 2.4.  Network-Attached Storage
      Section 2.5.  Networking behind the Server
      Section 2.6.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 3.  Fibre Channel Internals
      Section 3.1.  Fibre Channel Layers
      Section 3.2.  1Gbps and 2Gbps Transport
      Section 3.3.  Physical Layer Options
      Section 3.4.  Data Encoding
      Section 3.5.  Ordered Sets
      Section 3.6.  Framing Protocol
      Section 3.7.  Classes of Service
      Section 3.8.  Flow Control
      Section 3.9.  Naming and Addressing Conventions
      Section 3.10.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 4.  Fibre Channel SAN Topologies
      Section 4.1.  Point-to-Point
      Section 4.2.  Arbitrated Loop
      Section 4.3.  Fabrics
      Section 4.4.  Building Extended Fabrics
      Section 4.5.  Fabrics and Loops
      Section 4.6.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 5.  Fibre Channel Products
      Section 5.1.  Transceivers
      Section 5.2.  Host Bus Adapters
      Section 5.3.  Fibre Channel RAID
      Section 5.4.  Fibre Channel JBODs
      Section 5.5.  Arbitrated Loop Hubs
      Section 5.6.  Switching Hubs
      Section 5.7.  Fabric Switches
      Section 5.8.  Fibre Channel-to-SCSI Bridges
      Section 5.9.  Fibre Channel Extension Products
      Section 5.10.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 6.  IP SAN Technology
      Section 6.1.  Ethernet and TCP/IP
      Section 6.2.  Native IP Storage Protocols
      Section 6.3.  Discovery in IP SANs
      Section 6.4.  Quality of Service for IP SANs
      Section 6.5.  Security for IP SANs
      Section 6.6.  Wide Area Storage Networking
      Section 6.7.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 7.  IP SAN Products
      Section 7.1.  Gigabit Ethernet Switches
      Section 7.2.  IP Routers
      Section 7.3.  iSCSI Adapter Cards
      Section 7.4.  iSCSI Storage Devices
      Section 7.5.  IP Storage Gateways
      Section 7.6.  iSCSI-to-SCSI Bridges
      Section 7.7.  iSNS Servers
      Section 7.8.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 8.  SAN Software Products
      Section 8.1.  Server Clustering
      Section 8.2.  Tape Backup
      Section 8.3.  Data Replication
      Section 8.4.  Distributed File Systems and File Sharing
      Section 8.5.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 9.  Problem Isolation in SANs
      Section 9.1.  Simple Problem-Isolation Techniques
      Section 9.2.  Fibre Channel Analyzers
      Section 9.3.  iSCSI Network Analyzers
      Section 9.4.  Performance Tools
      Section 9.5.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 10.  Management of SANs
      Section 10.1.  Storage Network Management
      Section 10.2.  Storage Resource Management
      Section 10.3.  Storage Management
      Section 10.4.  Integration of Storage, Systems, and Enterprise Management
      Section 10.5.  The Common Information Model (CIM) (Bluefin)
      Section 10.6.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 11.  Storage Virtualization
      Section 11.1.  What Is Storage Virtualization?
      Section 11.2.  In-Band and Out-of-Band Virtualization
      Section 11.3.  Host-Based Storage Virtualization
      Section 11.4.  SAN Interconnect-Based Storage Virtualization
      Section 11.5.  Storage-Based Virtualization
      Section 11.6.  Multivendor Storage Virtualization
      Section 11.7.  File System and NAS Virtualization
      Section 11.8.  Tape Virtualization
      Section 11.9.  Virtualization and the Data Storage Utility
      Section 11.10.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 12.  Application Studies
      Section 12.1.  Post-Production Video Editing
      Section 12.2.  Prepress Operations
      Section 12.3.  LAN-Free and Server-Free Tape Backup
      Section 12.4.  Server Clustering
      Section 12.5.  Storage Consolidation
      Section 12.6.  Internet Service Providers
      Section 12.7.  Campus Storage Networks
      Section 12.8.  Remote Tape Vaulting
      Section 12.9.  Disaster Recovery
      Section 12.10.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 13.  SAN Issues
      Section 13.1.  Standardization
      Section 13.2.  Interoperability
      Section 13.3.  Management
      Section 13.4.  Convergence
      Section 13.5.  Chapter Summary
    Chapter 14.  The Future of SAN
      Section 14.1.  Integration of SANs into Mainstream Networking
      Section 14.2.  Ubiquity of Shared Storage
      Section 14.3.  Virtualization
      Section 14.4.  Human Factors
      Section 14.5.  Contributing Technologies
      Section 14.6.  Chapter Summary
    Appendix A.  SAN Resources
      Section A.1.  Standards and Proposals
      Section A.2.  Fibre Channel Technical and Marketing
      Section A.3.  IP Storage Technical and Marketing
      Section A.4.  Related Web Resources
    Appendix B.  SAN and Related Vendors
      Section B.1.  SAN System Vendors
      Section B.2.  SAN Storage and Tape Vendors
      Section B.3.  Fibre Channel Products
      Section B.4.  IP SAN Products
      Section B.5.  SAN Extension
      Section B.6.  SAN Management and Virtualization
      Section B.7.  Gigabit Ethernet Vendors
      Section B.8.  Test Equipment and Verification Labs
    Appendix C.  The Standardization Process
    Appendix D.  The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
      Section D.1.  Board of Directors
      Section D.2.  Executive Director and Staff
      Section D.3.  SNIA Technology Center
      Section D.4.  Customer Councils
      Section D.5.  Committees
      Section D.6.  Technical Workgroups
      Section D.7.  Industry Forums
      Section D.8.  SNIA and Other Industry Associations
      Section D.9.  Summary
    Appendix E.  The SNIA Shared Storage Model
      Revision history
      Usage terms
      Executive summary
      The shared storage vision
      Why a model for shared storage?
      The SNIA Shared Storage Model
      Where can it be done?
      The services subsystem
      Additional topics
      Some common storage architectures
      Block storage aggregation in a storage network ("SAN appliance")
      Summary and conclusions
    Appendix F.  The SNIA Dictionary of Storage Networking Terminology
    Appendix G.  SAN Essays
      SAN Customers and SAN Vendors
      Standardization and Storage Networking Technologies
      Standards Compliance versus Interoperability
      Storage Resource Management
      Going the Distance with Storage Data
      Shared Storage for the Masses
      SAN Security
      Infrastructures and Applications
      Disaster Recovery in an Uncertain World
      Enabling iSCSI Migration