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Storage Area Network Fundamentals

Organizations worldwide are facing ever-increasing information access requirements and are thus looking for cost-effective ways to ensure high data availability and reliability. This has led many to turn to Storage Area Networks (SAN) to manage the information created through e-business transactions and other processes. As the title Storage Area Network Fundamentals suggest, the book concentrates on fundamental planning, implementing, managing, and using SANs. The primary objective of the book is to provide in-depth knowledge about storage networks. It covers the topologies, protocols, and products required to implement and manage efficient SANs.

The book provides an overview of the basic networking concepts and familiarizes the reader with the concept of SAN. After discussing fiber channel technologies on which SANs are based it goes on to SAN topologies, implementation, security, and troubleshooting problems in a SAN. Later on in the book the author discusses iSCSI and the future of SANs.

At the end there is a comprehensive list of RAID technology and Fiber Channel vendors. The author also discusses SAN with the current industry implementation and application standards, along with future advances.

The book is targeted at IT professionals interested in finding solutions to their growing data storage needs and expenditures. Specifically, IT professionals and resellers who are seeking data storage solutions for data mining, online transaction processing, imaging, data warehousing, or any other highly data-intensive applications.

The structure of the book is such that a reader can consult the chapters covering the material pertinent to him and need not go through all the sections to understand a specific subject.

Author: Meeta Gupta
Publisher: Pearson Education Asia
Pages: 301
Price: Rs 225

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