Storage Area Networks For Dummies

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Wiley, Mar 7, 2003 - Computers - 432 pages
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.

Bored with in your current IT job and looking for a change of pace—and bigger bucks? Then Storage Area Networks For Dummies is for you. Have you been tasked with designing, implementing, or troubleshooting your company’s SAN and need to play catch-up in a hurry? Look no further. In no time, this book gets you on track with the know-how and confidence you need to:

  • Choose the right hardware for the job
  • Design state-of-the-art SANs
  • Implement a SAN and get it running like a well-oiled machine
  • Configure, manage and troubleshoot SANs
  • Seamlessly integrate two or more SANs
  • Become a SAN sage and give your career a major boost

From the ABCs of SANs to making the most of advanced SAN features, Storage Area Networks For Dummies covers all the bases in plain English and with loads of real-life examples. Key topics covered include:

  • What are SANs, how they work, and who needs them
  • SAN protocols, components, and common problems
  • Designing and building a SAN
  • SANs and disaster recovery
  • Networking SANs
  • Understanding, choosing, and using SAN backup solutions
  • Making the most of Point-in-Time technology
  • Outsourcing SANs
  • Managing and troubleshooting SANs
The solution to so many enterprise data storage problems, SANs equal heightened efficiency and productivity for organizations and greater prosperity for those who build and manage them. Let Storage Area Networks For Dummies help you get in on the ground floor of one of today’s hottest IT growth areas.

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SAN Building Blocks
What Makes a SAN Go

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About the author (2003)

Christopher Poelker has designed storage area networks for many Fortune 100 companies.
Alex Nikitin has been a SAN designer and consultant for more than five years.

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