Designing Storage Area Networks: A Practical Reference for Implementing Fibre Channel SANs / Edition 1

Designing Storage Area Networks: A Practical Reference for Implementing Fibre Channel SANs / Edition 1

by Thomas Clark, Tom Clark
     
 

Storage Area Networks (SANs) powered by Fibre Channel technology far exceed the capabilities of traditional storage and throughput methods and are quickly becoming the solution of choice for organizations that require high-volume data handling capacity.

Written for network developers, technical staff, IT consultants, administrators, and managers, Designing… See more details below

Overview

Storage Area Networks (SANs) powered by Fibre Channel technology far exceed the capabilities of traditional storage and throughput methods and are quickly becoming the solution of choice for organizations that require high-volume data handling capacity.

Written for network developers, technical staff, IT consultants, administrators, and managers, Designing Storage Area Networks goes far beyond a straight description of Fibre Channel specifications and standards; it offers practical guidelines for implementing and utilizing SANs to solve the real-world needs of business networks.

This concise design and implementation guide introduces Fibre Channel SAN technology and demonstrates exactly how it can be used to address specific application challenges--from server clustering to ISP hosting, server-free tape backup to full-motion video. With this book, you will learn how Fibre Channel works and how to organize Fibre Channel components into an effective, scalable design; and you will discover today's best methods for managing storage area networks and volumes, including new troubleshooting techniques.

You will find coverage of such vital topics as:


  • Fibre Channel layers
  • Gigabit transport and gigabit interface converters (GBICs)
  • Flow control
  • Point-to-point topology
  • Arbitrated Loops and Arbitrated Loop hubs
  • Switching hubs
  • Fabrics and fabric switches
  • Host bus adapters
  • Fibre Channel RAID and Fibre Channel JBODs
  • Fibre Channel-to-SCSI bridges
  • SAN management and problem isolation techniques
  • Building extended SANs


Most important, the book features detailed case studies that demonstrate how SANs can solve a number of commonly encountered business challenges, including LAN-free and server-free tape backup, server clustering, and disaster recovery. As an information systems professional, you must keep pace with this powerful new technology. This book will serve as your guide to understanding the implications of Fibre Channel SANs and successfully applying them to the needs of your organization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201615845
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
09/03/1999
Series:
Addison-Wesley Networking Basics Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
7.45(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1: Introduction

1.1 A Paradigm Shift
1.2 Text Overview
1.3 Summary

Chapter 2: Storage and Networking Concepts

2.1 Networking in Front of the Server
2.1.1 Serial Transport
2.1.2 Access Method
2.1.3 Addressing
2.1.4 Packetizing of Data
2.1.5 Routing of Packets
2.1.6 Upper-Layer Protocol Support
2.2 Traditional SCSI Bus Architecture
2.3 Network-Attached Storage
2.4 Networking behind the Server
2.5 Summary

Chapter 3: Fibre Channel Internals

3.1 Fibre Channel Layers
3.2 Gigabit Transport
3.3 Physical-Layer Options
3.4 Data Encoding
3.5 Ordered Sets
3.6 Framing Protocol
3.7 Class of Service
3.8 Flow Control
3.9 Name and Addressing Conventions
3.10 Summary

Chapter 4: SAN Topologies

4.1 Point to Point
4.2 Arbitrated Loop
4.2.1 Loop Physical Topology
4.2.2 Loop Addressing
4.2.3 Loop Initialization
4.2.4 Port Login
4.2.5 Loop Port State Machine
4.2.6 Arbitration
4.2.7 Nonbroadcast Nature of Arbitrated Loop
4.2.8 Design Considerations for Arbitrated Loop
4.3 Fabrics
4.3.1 Fabric Login
4.3.2 Simple Name Server
4.3.3 State Change Notification
4.3.4 Private Loop Support
4.3.5 Fabric Zoning
4.4 Building Extended SANs
4.5 Summary

Chapter 5: Fibre Channel Products

5.1 Gigabit Interface Converters (GBICs)
5.2 Host Bus Adapters
5.3 Fibre Channel RAID
5.4 Fibre Channel JBODs
5.5 Arbitrated Loop Hubs
5.5.1 Star Topology for Arbitrated Loop
5.5.2 Hub Architecture
5.5.3 Unmanaged Hubs
5.5.4 Managed Hubs
5.6 Switching Hubs
5.7 Fabric Switches
5.8 Fibre Channel-to-SCSI Bridges
5.9 SAN Software Products
5.10 Summary

Chapter 6: Problem Isolation in SANs

6.1 Simple Problem-Isolation Techniques
6.2 Fibre Channel Analyzers
6.3 Summary

Chapter 7: Management of SANs

7.1 Storage Network Management
7.1.1 In-Band Management
7.1.2 Out-of-Band Management
7.1.3 SNMP
7.1.4 HTTP
7.1.5 TELNET
7.1.6 Storage Network Management Issues
7.2 Storage Resource Management
7.3 Storage Management
7.4 Storage, Systems, and Enterprise Management Integration
7.5 Summary

Chapter 8: Application Studies

8.1 Full-Motion Video
8.2 Prepress Operations
8.3 LAN-Free and Server-Free Tape Backup
8.4 Server Clustering
8.5 Internet Service Providers
8.6 Campus Storage Networks
8.7 Disaster Recovery
8.8 Summary

Chapter 9: Fibre Channel Futures

9.1 Bandwidth
9.2 Fibre Channel over Wide Area Networking
9.3 Coexistence within Enterprise Networks
9.4 Interoperability
9.5 Total SAN Solutions
9.6 Summary

Appendix A: Fibre Channel Ordered Sets

Appendix B: Fibre Channel Vendors

Bibliography

Glossary

Index

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