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Designing Storage Area Networks: A Practical Reference for Implementing Fibre Channel and IP SANs, Second Edition by Tom Clark

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Chapter 7. IP SAN Products

IP storage combines traditional IP networking with shared storage technologies. The IP SAN plumbing is therefore a mix of conventional Gigabit Ethernet switches and IP routers, as well as storage-specific adapters, gateways, targets, bridges, and management servers. This chapter provides an overview of both established IP network products and the new IP storage products that are enabling the convergence of shared storage and mainstream IP networking. Chapter 12, Application Studies, discusses how these products can be applied for practical storage applications.

Gigabit Ethernet Switches

Gigabit Ethernet switches form the core infrastructure of nearly all enterprise IP networks. The term switch is somewhat misleading, because ...

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