Upon completing this chapter, you will be able to:
Explain the purpose of load balancing
List the load-balancing techniques and mechanisms supported by Ethernet, IP, Fibre Channel (FC), Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI), Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP), and Fibre Channel over TCP/IP (FCIP)
Describe some of the key characteristics of each load-balancing technique and mechanism supported by Ethernet, IP, FC, iSCSI, FCP, and FCIP
Differentiate between the methods of load balancing with Dynamic Multi-Pathing (DMP) software
This chapter provides a brief introduction to the principles of load balancing. We briefly discuss the load-balancing functionality supported by Ethernet, IP, FC, iSCSI, FCP, and FCIP, and the techniques employed by end nodes.