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Building SANs with Brocade Fabric Switches by Syngress

By Syngress

This is often the 1st publication to target Brocade items - an leading edge expertise corporation to monitor out for! Brocade Switches give you the clever structure that connects garage quarter Networks (SANs) to neighborhood zone Networks and huge quarter Networks. Brocade switches give you the related performance to garage quarter Networks as Cisco switches offer to the web - Brocade Communications, Inc is the dominant corporation during this speedily increasing marketplace. "Building SANs with Brocade Fibre Channel textile Switches" is written for approach directors who're designing, construction, and preserving garage region Networks with Brocade fibre switches.

The e-book offers the reader with the entire strategies essential to combine fibre-based switches with an IP-based community. this is often the 1st vendor-specific publication on configuring average applied sciences with a pragmatic technique; whereas aggressive books are ordinarily theoretical. IT pros needs to know the way to layout and construct a SAN. usually over 50 consistent with cent of IT budgets are dedicated to garage. Fibre-switched SANs are the marketplace commonplace.

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Because of the combined ability to easily cable and distribute storage, users were now able to add separate racks of equipment to attach to hosts. The hub, a purely electrical piece of equipment that simply connected pieces of a Fibre Channel loop together, made it possible to dynamically add and remove storage from the network without requiring a complete reconfiguration. As these components began to be used in increasingly more complex environments, manufacturers began to add “intelligence” to these Fibre Channel hubs, enabling them to independently deal with such issues as failures in the network and noise in the network from loops being added and removed.

All of this data has to go somewhere, and it has exceeded the space available and beyond what can practically be managed on local, direct-attached storage to hosts. The solution has come in the form of very large storage arrays, capable of storing terabytes and terabytes of data, and farms of inexpensive Just A Bunch Of Disks (JBOD). All of this needs to be connected, and the logical way to connect high-speed, block-oriented traffic is through a Fibre Channel SAN. Increased manageability, the ability to centrally manage storage, and consolidation of storage space have made the SAN a necessity in any growing enterprise.

Companies that previously were using TCP/IP-based networking technology over Ethernet and attempted to migrate that to Gigabit Ethernet have found that, despite the similar wire speeds of the technology, the efficiency and protocols available don’t allow for the use of bandwidth that Fibre Channel does. By using Fibre Channel, companies have found that they can speed up data access between hosts and storage. In addition, the more efficient usage of IP over Fibre Channel has advantages in network utilization over Gigabit Ethernet, with a shared network making standard TCP/IP networking over SANs an attractive solution.

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