Storage Area Networks For Dummies, 2nd Edition
By Christopher Poelker, Alex Nikitin
Publisher: Wiley / For Dummies
Final Release Date: December 2008
Pages: 432

So you need to set up a SAN? Here's how to design, implement,and manage one!

Whether you're a complete novice or you already have a bit ofknowledge about storage area networks, this book is almostguaranteed to make your job easier. From the basics for beginnersto advanced features like snapshot copies, storage virtualization,and heading off problems before they happen, here's what you needto do the job with confidence!

  • Getting started — understand what SANs are, whether youneed one, and what you need to build one
  • Design basics — learn to use loops, switches, and thefabric layer, and design your SAN for peak performance

  • No surprises — create a disaster-recovery plan with theappropriate guidelines and choose a remote site and datareplication method

  • SANs united — see how to connect or extend SANs and howcompression can reduce costs

  • Wait, back up — compare tape, disk, network, and SANbackup methods to choose the solution you need

  • What if it breaks? — follow great troubleshooting tips tohelp you find and fix a problem

  • De-dupe, de-dupe — find out how data de-duplication makessense for backup, replication, and retention

  • It's virtual — explore different types of virtualizationand what they offer

Open the book and find:

  • What RAID is and why it's important
  • Issues to consider when planning your SAN

  • A translation of all those pesky acronyms

  • What to do when your server gets the hiccups

  • How to use CDP and CDR

  • What you should beware of with storage virtualization

  • Hardware- and software-based copy solutions

  • SAN best practices

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