Building SANs with Brocade Fabric Switches by Syngress

By Syngress

This is often the 1st ebook to target Brocade items - an leading edge expertise corporation to monitor out for! Brocade Switches give you the clever structure that connects garage region Networks (SANs) to neighborhood region Networks and large sector Networks. Brocade switches give you the similar performance to garage quarter Networks as Cisco switches offer to the net - Brocade Communications, Inc is the dominant corporation during this swiftly increasing marketplace. "Building SANs with Brocade Fibre Channel cloth Switches" is written for process directors who're designing, construction, and protecting garage region Networks with Brocade fibre switches.

The e-book offers the reader with the entire innovations essential to combine fibre-based switches with an IP-based community. this can be the 1st vendor-specific publication on configuring normal applied sciences with a pragmatic technique; whereas aggressive books are regularly theoretical. IT pros needs to understand how to layout and construct a SAN. usually over 50 in line with cent of IT budgets are dedicated to garage. Fibre-switched SANs are the industry average.

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With the advent of the Fibre Channel network, the ability of both clients and storage to coexist and share storage has spawned a new crop of solutions that take advantage of that sharing. Sharing of storage, which previously was limited to vertical markets such as video editing and multimedia, has become a general technique used anywhere that storage is more easily managed in a pool, such as in Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Application Service Provider (ASP) installations. Indeed, most corporate IT environments can take advantage of this technique.

For example, an e-mail server requires one single, consistent image for e-mail storage. Back-end databases of e-commerce applications require combining live, real-time inventory data with live pricing data to service requests correctly. The result is a new, critical point of failure in the e-mail server or database. The concern over these critical points of failure has resulted in a renewed focus on highly available (fault tolerant) solutions, particularly in the storage area. In combination with failover software packages such as Microsoft Cluster Server or VERITAS Cluster Server, high-availability hardware and software has come to the forefront in ensuring the performance and availability of these critical systems.

In a JBOD, each disk is visible to the SAN, each is assigned an address, and each is treated as an autonomous device even though the physical disks are located in the same enclosure. SCSI disks might also be contained in a RAID, in which case the RAID controller will make the array of disks appear to be one disk to the SAN. The RAID is one disk in the sense that it will take a single address on the SAN. Another type of target might be an IP target. Since IP is a protocol commonly used over Fibre Channel, you might see devices communicate by passing IP packets back-and-forth.

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