Help with storage "future shock"
By Alan Earls
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If you are having trouble keeping up with all the new technology roiling the world of networked storage, two new books and a third, published earlier this year, may be of help.
The first, by veteran author and director of technical marketing at Nishan Systems, Inc., Tom Clark, is titled "IP Sans: A Guide to ISCSI IFCP, and FCIP Protocols for Storage Area Networks". According to Clark, the new book picks up where his prior book, "Designing Storage Area Networks: A Practical Reference for Implementing Fibre Channel SANs," left off.
Clark says the new title discusses Fibre Channel but not in the level of detail of his previous book. "I make the assumption that the reader is fairly familiar with one or the other of these environments," he says.
The new title focuses mostly on IP in its various guises as well as on major architectural issues. It also touches on subjects such as the SNIA technical council's Shared Storage Model.
The other new title, "Special Edition: Using Storage Area Networks", is targeted at both network administrators and planners who are looking for an efficient way to scale the storage systems in their networks. The publisher says the book is intended to provide a basic knowledge of storage systems and assumes at least some familiarity with the se-tup and operations of simple networks but not necessarily a familiarity with storage networks.
Finally, although released earlier this year, "Building Storage Networks, 2nd edition" by searchStorage SAN expert Marc Farley, remains an up-to-date and authoritative reference source.
1. What's new in the SAN market?
If you're into staying informed about the latest trends, then this story is one you'll enjoy. Beyond the article (which is also an accurate depiction of the parallel between mainframe storage and emerging networked storage trends), you'll find a load of "snapshots" of trends in the NAS, SAN and enterprise storage markets.
2. Where can I learn more about integrating SAN and NAS?
Assuming you have both of these technologies in-house, you'd like to be able to effectively integrate them into a seamless whole. Or, if you're thinking of getting into the SAN and NAS business, you're thinking that you'd like to get that mix of products that integrates into that seamless storage architecture that you've been hoping for all these many years. Can you? Read this tip to find out!
3. What should I do amidst the battle of the standards?
"Duck and cover," the old Cold War A-bomb safety advice, might be the best bet for anyone trying to figure out the endless Fibre Channel versus IP versus InfiniBand debate. According to John Webster, an analyst at Nashua, NH-based Illuminata, common sense has become the first casualty in this ongoing standards war. Should organizations deploy SANs now, deploy half-heartedly, or wait altogether? Read what Illuminata has to say in this tip.
4. What else should I know about the future of storage?
What did industry pundits have to say recently about where enterprise storage is headed? What does all this mean for you and your organization? Find out in this recent searchStorage featured topic.
About the author: Alan Earls is a freelance writer residing in Franklin, Mass.