Deliver functional, real-world solutions to data storage issues, on time and under budget! Serial SANs: The Convergence of Storage and Networking provides IT professionals with the optimal solution to explosive data growth and widening data accessibility requirements. Deployed as a more cost-effective alternative to direct attached storage, Storage Area Networks (or SANs) demand a different and more flexible mindset u that is, one in which LAN servers connect to their associated storage through an intermediary network. This book guides readers in an exploration of this revolutionary, new technology and the unique considerations faced by emerging SANs architects. The first section delves into important issues surrounding media, signaling, data encoding, transmissions, and network topology. Subsequent sections explain how to design the memory hierarchy; interface successfully with tape, disk, and RAID storage devices; and develop serial network protocols. System integration, including SAN software considerations and predictions for the future of SAT and iSCSI technology, is the focus of the final section of the book. Essential reading for systems administrators, data administrators, and other busy IT professionals, this information-packed resource offers solutions for safeguarding against catastrophic business outages stemming from data unavailability. Equally important, it details how IT professionals can use SANs to maximize storage deployment responsiveness, minimize operational costs and significantly reduce the percentage of the total enterprise IT budget now being consumed by storage management."
Publisher: Cengage Learning, Inc
Number of pages: 384