Introduction to the Storage Area Network (SAN) Services Guide by Chris Evans, independent storage consultant with Brookend Ltd.
The world of storage area network (SANs) technology may seem like a daunting place thanks to the many technology choices you must consider -- Fibre Channel, iSCSI and storage over IP, to name but a few. Add to that the fact that new storage demands have made it more challenging to deliver storage products and services: Customers must manage increasing volumes of storage at lower cost; SAN technology performance and availability are critical; and customers must realize they are getting value for their money and implementing technologies that will deliver a considerable return on investment (ROI). This SAN Project Guide will help you address such complexities.
This guide begins with storage area network basics to help those new to storage networking technologies get started on the right foot. For more advanced readers, the SAN strategy section identifies technology choices to be made in order to make the most of your clients' budgets. The SAN deployment and configuration section discusses many issues relating to the management of SAN infrastructures and helps you ensure you're building them properly. Then you'll find tips for handling trickier SAN deployment, management and performance issues.
If you're planning to work with both SANs and virtualization technologies, the guide presents SAN-specific virtualization issues and benefits to pass along to your customers. Finally you'll find case studies that demonstrate how others have taken advantage of SANs.
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