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Practical Storage Area Networking by Daniel Pollack

It is currently estimated that in the next two years, more information will be created than in the last 40,000 years combined. More attention is being placed on storage systems and their features as their size and complexity grows. The books currently available focus on providing overviews of the issues and the theory behind the technology. This book takes the next step, providing an implementation blueprint for the system and network administrators who need to design and deploy storage area networks (SANs). Typical applications of SANs are discussed in detail to illustrate techniques and issues. All aspects of SANs are discussed including design and integration, and the often ignored maintenance and security.

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About Daniel Pollack

Daniel Pollack is a System Administrator for America Online, where he is responsible for large-scale storage systems. During his career he has worked with a range of organizations-a financial software and data company, a small ISP, and a large government contractor-and this has provided him with a unique perspective on the varying needs within the storage industry.


Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)



1. SAN Definitions, Concepts, And Components.

What is a SAN?

NAS vs. SAN.

SAN Hardware.

Logical Endpoints.

Network Devices.

Application Devices.

Gateway Devices.

SAN Software.

Operating Systems.

HBA Drivers and Firmware.


SAN Applications.

Typical SANs.

NAS Replacement.

Storage Consolidation.

Capacity Planning.

New Project.


Implementing a SAN Project.

2. SAN Project Selection.

Storage Solutions.

Potential SAN Projects (Likely Choices).

Typical Problems.

Identifying a SAN Type.

Understanding Trade-offs.






I/O Requirements by SAN Type.

Storage Consolidation SAN I/O.

NAS Replacement SAN I/O.

New Project SAN I/O.

Capacity Planning SAN I/O.

Experimental SAN I/O.

Application I/O.



I/O Size.

I/O Patterns.

Storage Requirements.

Additional Project Requirements.

File Sharing.

Multipath I/O.

Data Transfer.

Data Replication.

3. Project Modeling.

Storage Requirements.

General Rules for Sizing Storage.

Requirements by SAN Type.

I/O Size Requirements.

I/O Assessment and Analysis Tools.

Analyzing Key Application I/O Characteristics.

NAS Replacement SAN for an NFS Server.

Storage Consolidation of a Data Warehouse (ETL) System.

Analyzing I/O in Other SAN Types.

Simplified SAN Application I/O Models for Verification.

Modeling the NAS Server Replacement.

Modeling the Data Warehouse ETL Consolidation SAN.

Final Project Definition.

NAS Replacement SAN Definition.

Storage Consolidation SAN Definition.

Capacity-Planning SAN Definition.

Other SAN Types.

4. SAN Design.

Hardware Components.

Host Systems and HBAs.

Storage and Fabric Devices.

Special Purpose Devices.

Software Components.

Host Operating Systems.

HBA Device Drivers.

Fabric Device Firmware.

Storage Device Firmware.

SAN Service Software.

Storage Service Software.

Component Map.

Component Selection by SAN Type.

NAS Replacement SAN.

Storage Consolidation SAN.

Capacity Planning SAN.

New Project SAN.

Experimental SAN.

SAN Topologies.

Simple Topologies.

Complex Topologies.

Legacy Devices.

Data Migration.

5. SAN configuration and Testing.

Topologies for SAN Types.

NAS Replacement SAN.

Storage Consolidation SAN.

Capacity-Planning SAN.

New Project SAN.

Experimental SAN.

Zoning, LUN Masking, and LUN Allocation.

Planning for Zones.

Implementing Zones.

SAN Specific Feature Deployment.

Application Specific Fabric Configuration.

A Complete SAN.


NAS Replacement SAN.

Storage Consolidation SAN.

Capacity-Planning SAN.

New Project SAN.

Experimental SAN.

6. SAN Control and Monitoring.

Management tools.


Other Network tools.

In-band Management Facilities.

Management Consoles.

Event Monitoring.

Performance Monitoring.

Fabric Zoning Reconfiguration as an Application.

SAN Fabric Security.

SAN Problem Diagnosis.

7. Future San Technologies.

SAN at a Distance.

Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing.


IPFC on the SAN.


Fabric Performance Increases.

Storage Feature Enhancements.

SAN/Application Integration.

Storage Virtualization.



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Practical Storage Area Networking by Daniel Pollack
Daniel Pollack
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