By Elizabeth M. Ferrarini
If need to soak in everything about SAN, NAS, Fibre Channel, or RAID, you'll find the following books valuable additions to your storage library.
"Building Storage Area Networks" (Osborne McGraw-Hill) -- Written by Mark Farley, this 656-page tome combines both introductory materials and how-to tutorials to explain SAN design. The book, released in January 2000, also covers other topics, such as RAID. Mike Hardy, Chaparral Network storage's business development vice president, recommends this book. Price - $44.99
"The Holy Grail of Data Storage Management" (Prentice Hall) -- Jon William Toigo's 322-page book documents trends in storage technology, and shows how to plan a comprehensive strategy for maximizing the availability, performance, and cost-effectiveness of enterprise storage. Toigo wrote the classic book, Disaster Recovery Planning. Price - $49.00; published August 1999.
"Designing Storage Area Networks: A Practical Reference for Implementing Fibre Channel SANs" (Addison-Wesley) -- Tom Clark, Vixel Corporation's technical marketing director, wrote this 224-page book for anyone responsible for planning and overseeing data storage. This concise design guide introduces Fibre Channel SAN technology and demonstrates how it can be used to address specific application challenges. Price - $49.95; published September 1999.
"Blueprints for High Availability: Designing Resilient Distributed Systems"
"The RAIDbook - A Storage System Technology" -- Published by the RAID-Advisory Board, a trade association for RAID manufacturers, this 300-pabe book includes all aspects of RAID technology: data protection and mapping details, disk array data management, and disk striping and mirroring. This current edition was updated in 1997. Price - $49.95. Order it from ww.raid-advisory.com.
Ferrarini is a freelance writer.
This was first published in May 2000