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Storage Networks Explained: Basics and Application of Fibre Channel SAN, NAS, iSCSI, InfiniBand and FCoE [Hardcover]

Ulf Troppens , Rainer Erkens , Wolfgang Mueller-Friedt , Rainer Wolafka , Nils Haustein
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Aug. 24 2009 0470741430 978-0470741436 2
All you need to know about Storage Area Networks

The amount of data of an average company doubles every year. Thus, companies who own 1TB of data today will own 32TB in five years. Storage networks help to tame such data quantities and to manage this data growth efficiently. Since stored data and information are the biggest asset of any company, anyone who is involved in the planning or the operation of IT systems requires a basic knowledge of the principle and the use of storage networks.

Storage Networks Explained   covers the fundaments, techniques and functions of storage networks such as disk subsystems, Fibre Channel SAN, Internet SCSI (iSCSI), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Network Attached Storage (NAS), file systems, and storage virtualization. Furthermore the authors describe the use of these techniques and how they are designed to achieve high-availability, flexibility, and scalability of data and applications. Additional attention is given to network backup and the management of storage networks. Written by leading experts in the field, this book on storage area networks is updated and fully revised.

Key features:

  • Presents the basic concepts of storage networks, such as I/O techniques, disk subsystems, virtualization, NAS and SAN file systems
  • Covers the design of storage networks which provide flexible, highly-available, and scaleable IT systems
  • Explains the use of storage networks for data sharing, data protection, and digital archiving
  • Discusses management of storage networks using SNMP, SMI-S, and IEEE 1244

This book provides system administrators and system architects, as well as students and decision makers, with the tools needed for optimal selection and cost-effective use of storage networks.

The Linux Journal awarded the first edition with the “Editor’s Choice Award 2005” in the category “System Administration Book.”


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All you need to know about Storage Area Networks

The amount of data of an average company doubles every year. Thus, companies who own 1TB of data today will own 32TB in five years. Storage networks help to tame such data quantities and to manage this data growth efficiently. Since stored data and information are the biggest asset of any company, anyone who is involved in the planning or the operation of IT systems requires a basic knowledge of the principle and the use of storage networks.

Storage Networks Explained   covers the fundaments, techniques and functions of storage networks such as disk subsystems, Fibre Channel SAN, Internet SCSI (iSCSI), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Network Attached Storage (NAS), file systems, and storage virtualization. Furthermore the authors describe the use of these techniques and how they are designed to achieve high-availability, flexibility, and scalability of data and applications. Additional attention is given to network backup and the management of storage networks. Written by leading experts in the field, this book on storage area networks is updated and fully revised.

This book provides system administrators and system architects, as well as students and decision makers, with the tools needed for optimal selection and cost-effective use of storage networks.

The Linux Journal awarded the first edition with the “Editor’s Choice Award 2005” in the category “System Administration Book.”

Key features:

  • Presents the basic concepts of storage networks, such as I/O techniques, disk subsystems, virtualization, NAS and SAN file systems
  • Covers the design of storage networks which provide flexible, highly-available, and scaleable IT systems
  • Explains the use of storage networks for data sharing, data protection, and digital archiving
  • Discusses management of storage networks using SNMP, SMI-S, and IEEE 1244

About the Author

The authors are employed at IBM’s storage competence center in Mainz, Germany. They work at the interface between technology and customers. Their duties cover a wide field of responsibilities. They develop and test new software for storage networks. They present the latest hardware and software products in the field of storage networks to customers and explain their underlying concepts. Last but not least they deploy and support respective hardware and software in customer environments.
Ulf Troppens (centre) studied Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe. Since 1989 he has been primarily involved in the development and administration of Unix systems, storage systems, data and storage networks and distributed applications.
Rainer Erkens (left) studied Mathematics at the University of Mainz. His experience in the management of computers and distributed applications goes back to 1992. Since 2005 he is a technical support manager in IBM’s European Storage Competence Center.
Wolfgang M¨ uller-Friedt (right) studied Computer Science at the FH Darmstadt. He is a software architect focussing on the software development of management applications for storage networks which support open standards such as SMI-S and IEEE 1244.
Nils Haustein (left front) studied Electrical Engineering at the TU Chemnitz. For several years he is with IBM’s advanced technical sales support in Europe where he is focussing on digital archiving.
Rainer Wolafka (right front) studied Electrical Engineering at the FH Frankfurt and Software Engineering at the Santa Clara University. Since 1997 he is working in the field of storage networks and the software development of management applications for storage networks.

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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit too high level May 6 2010
By Jack
Format:Hardcover
Just read a few chapters.

The book, i think, does cover a wide range of topics related to storage network. But it seems like a little bit of everything. The explanations, in my opinion, are a bit too high level. I mostly focused on iscsi, and I did not find much tech details in the book on that topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Succinct overview of Storage Networks Oct. 18 2004
By Thomas Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A very good translation of the german text. There are a few areas where the translation falters but overall excellent. This is not an implementation book. It's meant to be a general overview of the Storage Network universe. The authors focus on Fibre Channel SAN which is still dominant in large corporations and gaining popularity among mid level companies. The book does a good job of explaining the plus/minus of all the competing standards as well as giving an infrastructure map of each of the technology setups. If you want to understand the ABCs of Storage, your journey should start with this book.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Non Techie recommendation for this Storage book Sept. 27 2009
By Reinhard Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've purchased the German Version "Speichernetze" last year to get a better understanding, the recent purchase of "Storage Networks Explained" is just to read the book in english.

I can recommend Storage Notweorks explained to anyone interested in the basics of Fibre Channel, NAS, SAN, Infiniband, iSCSI and FCoE. I'm a Sales Guy with a some technical knopwledge and I really appreciate this book because it is easy to read and has all the stuff in it I currently need and it comes with a SNIA recomendation too.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of storage networking Feb. 12 2006
By R. Prakash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best books I've encountered in many years. What I like about it:

- Describes everything (using illustration) from file-systems and volume managers down to transport concepts like fibre channel, iSCSI, infiniband, VI

- Goes into concepts like mirroring, snapshots and other technologies in an easy to relate manner.

Despite the relatively high price, I give this book an A and would heartily recommend it. However this book is not for programmers or those intending to design things. Neither is it for sales/marketing folks who just want to know key buzzwords. Its more for technologists, CTOs and others interested in how things work with regards storage networking.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good content, if somewhat dated, substandard translation May 12 2007
By R. Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a reader of Wiley books since my undergraduate days, many years ago, I have come to respect and enjoy their high quality, and have, over the years, purchased and recommended quite a few, both for the companies I've worked with and for my personal professional library.

It is therefore a deep disappointment for me to read "Storage Networks Explained", originally published in German, and translated to English in 2004.

My disappointment is not with the technical contents - the book was obviously written by experts in the field, and give a complete (if slightly dated) review of the field of storage networks. In terms of contents, my expectations are fulfilled. However, the translation of the book from the original was done in a sub-standard manner, resulting in an uncomfortable reading experience. All too often, my concentration was broken by having to re-read sentences and trying to understand what the original authors were trying to say in German, as the phrasing in English is awkward and unnatural at best, and ofter plainly wrong.

The information I needed was there, but getting it was made harder than necessary due to the poor translation and editing. A newer book that's up-to-date and even a bit better in terms of style and ease of reading will well-deservedly remainder all the copies of this work. Until such a book is out, non-German speakers who wish to get a decent overview of the field will have to struggle with this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SAN explained March 1 2009
By Rajiv S. Kulkarni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i entered into the arena of Storage in early 2007, though i used to work on hard drives & tape since 2001, SAN was something new to me.

I was looking out for a book which could be self explanatory and be easier to understand. Stoage Networks explained is a very handy book for me because it explains the concepts of SAN beautifully and very importantly its simpler to understand.

I beleive that every penny i invested in it is worth it, cause in my currency it costed me about 6000 Rupees. In return I stood first in my training batch and i knew where the inspiration came from. Thank you Troppens,Muller and Erkens for making my life and job simpler.
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