Building Storage Networks (Network Professional's Library)

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9780072130720: Building Storage Networks (Network Professional's Library)

Praise for the first edition of Building Storage Networks: "This book is the Bible of storage networking" --Dave Hill, Senior Storage Analyst, the Aberdeen Group Now more than ever, especially in the age of e-commerce, data must be available and accessible 24x7 on a network. This easy-to-understand book clearly explains all the latest methods of storing data on a network, including updated coverage of Internet storage service providers.

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Building Storage Networks offers an excellent introduction to the burgeoning field of storage networks.

A few years ago, we were told the future was storage and the average IT engineer does need to manage a staggering amount of data.

Storage devices have been around as long as computers. Whether a cassette or tape drive in the early 1980s, or a multi-gigabyte hard drive in today's computers, the growth of storage has gone hand in hand with the growth of computers. During this time, storage capacity has risen dramatically. Even 10 years ago, industry professionals touted the phrase "disk is cheap," effectively writing off storage as a commodity--and this was when hard drives were 120 MB or less. During the last decade, continuing improvements in storage technology coincided with the explosion of the Internet, creating a huge demand for reliable, large-scale storage systems. Most businesses have recognised that data is a critical part of their IT systems, what author Marc Farley calls an "independent asset", equal in stature to applications and other system software.

Building Storage Networks gives information professionals the basic skills to understand modern storage technologies. The two common storage acronyms bandied about today are SAN (Storage Area Network) and NAS (Network Attached Storage). The author argues that these are two different manifestations of a common set of principles, which all professionals should understand no matter which solution they implement.

After an in-depth discussion of his three key storage concepts--wiring, storing, and filing--Farley fleshes out the role of storage in today's corporate networks. This includes the details of storage implementation, different cabling and communication options, backup management, and future developments (eg:, Infiniband).

This book is easily accessible to intermediate readers familiar with basic networking topologies and computer terminology. Also helpful are a healthy number of illustrations used to effectively communicate complex topics. At the end of each chapter is a comprehensive summary, followed by several exercises, allowing the reader to fully grasp various storage concepts before proceeding.

Building Storage Networks can be used as an entry point for those wishing to learn about modern storage technologies, or as a reference for IT professionals already knee-deep in storage networks. However, almost all storage issues are considered in the abstract, without explicit reference to a particular vendor's hardware. Although an occasional reference is made to a specific product, the author sets out to educate the reader on storage issues, not to replace the manual for a particular piece of storage hardware. --Pete Ostenson

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A complete survey of network storage technology. Both NAS and SAN and storage fundamentals that are not commonly understood. Easy to understand, clear explanations of unfamiliar and difficult subject matter. Allows administrators to quickly grasp the essence of this new emerging technology field. New chapters on Storage over IP (SoIP), InfiniBand, Storage Network Management. Deeper coverage on Fibre Channel technology, storage performance and file systems. New sections on Internet storage service providers (SSPs). Loaded with figures and an 16 page 2-color blueprints section that really details complex architectures. Companion web site, www.buildingstorage.com. Endorsements from SNIA and leading industry analysts.

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