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Vol. 1 No. 6 August 2002

Avoiding failure in the SAN is easy, back your switch up

Running multiple SAN switches without backing up their key configuration data is like walking a high wire without a net Ok, you've finally convinced your management of the numerous benefits of implementing a storage area network (SAN) in your data center. The target application has been deployed, and application performance has skyrocketed. Now that your application is a screamer, it's generating a lot of buzz. Now, you must ensure this application isn't exposed to any lengthy outages due to an error in the SAN configuration - failure will be high profile. That means backing up your SAN configuration. As soon as you make any changes to the first installed switch, back up the configuration and keep doing that immediately following any subsequent changes to the fabric. Using the popular Brocade SilkWorm Fibre Channel (FC) switch as an example, your switch has a default configuration that includes the Fabric OS default values that Brocade has determined work best. All those values are a subset of the variables intuitively referred ...

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