Storage Area Networks For Dummies

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-09
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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In case you weren't sure, a storage area network, or SAN, is a collection of computers and storage devices connected over a high-speed optical network and dedicated to the task of storing and protecting data. SANs solve many of the data storage and management problems that have long bedeviled enterprise networks, and they save companies who use them a bundle. Which is why SAN administration is one of the highest-paid jobs in IT today. Add storage area networking to your resume and your phone will ring off the hook with calls by head-hunters promising of six-figure salaries.The second edition of Storage Area Networks For Dummies covers the hot, new technologies that are revolutionizing SANs today, including Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FOE), iScsi, and data de-duplication.

Author Biography

Christopher Poelker is Vice President of Enterprise Solutions for FalconStor Software, Inc. He spends most of his time with Fortune 1000 companies defining strategy for virtualization and business continuity solutions. Chris is also in great demand as a conference speaker. Alex Nikitin has been a storage architect and consultant for more than ten years.

Table of Contents

SAN 101
The Storage Area Network
SAN Building Blocks
What Makes a SAN Go
What Makes a SAN Stop
Designing and Building a SAN
Designing the SAN
SANs and Disaster Recovery
Putting It All Together
Using Advanced SAN Features
Networking SANs
SAN-Based Backup
Mirror, Mirror Point-in-Time Copies
SAN Management and Troubleshooting
Approaches to SAN Management
Troubleshooting SANs
Understanding the Cool Stuff
Using Data De-Duplication to Lighten the Load
Continuous Data Protection
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Virtualization
The Par t of Tens
Ten Reasons to Use a SAN
Ten Reasons NOT to Use a SAN
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