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IP SANs: A Guide to iSCSI, iFCP, and FCIP Protocols for Storage Area Networks

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"A concise guide to an exciting new technology that is bringing SANs into mainstream IP networking."

--Jayshree Ullal, Group Vice President/General Manager, Cisco Systems

"IP SANs provides a comprehensive overview of the next-generation storage area networks, with concrete examples of how customers can deploy cost-effective and highly scalable IP storage solutions."

--Ahmad Zamer, Product Line Marketing Manager, Intel Corporation

"An essential reference for understanding the benefits that IP networking provides for SANs, including quality of service, security, and wide-area connectivity for storage."

--John L. Hufferd, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM

IP storage and networking have traditionally resided in two distinct worlds. Networking professionals from an Internet Protocol (IP) internetworking background are usually not familiar with storage issues, and storage administrators may be unfamiliar with IP internetworking. With IP storage networking, network professionals dealing with storage area networks (SANs) now have an integrated option for improved data storage. IP SANs: A Guide to iSCSI, iFCP, and FCIP Protocols for Storage Area Networks explains these new IP technologies that enable SANs to keep up with today's networking needs, detailing the various storage solutions that are created when both disciplines are combined.

As more corporations take part in e-commerce and global data sharing, the need for more efficient data storage is increasing. SANs address this need for a more powerful means of storing and retrieving mass amounts of data. Until recently, SANs were based on the Fibre Channel technology, which, for years, has provided the industry with flexible, high-performance block data access for storage applications. However, network professionals are now looking for ways to implement SANs using the more familiar TCP/IP and Ethernet technologies. IP SANs provides an overview of these technologies, focusing on practical implementations, an understanding of existing data access paradigms, and the significant innovations of IP-based SANs. Covering the basic architecture and products, along with management strategies for professionals in IP SAN environments, this book outlines how to meet the growing data storage needs of today's marketplace.

IP SANs: A Guide to iSCSI, iFCP, and FCIP Protocols for Storage Area Networks is a targeted and timely account of the changing internetworking environment. Technology development requires both cooperation and competition. By combining storage capabilities with networking technologies, businesses will now be able to reap the benefits that only IP storage can provide.


Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Preface
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Introduction
    1. Space and Time
    2. Text Overview
    3. Chapter Summary
  5. Shared Storage
    1. Captive Storage
    2. The SNIA Shared Storage Model
    3. Storage Networking Layers
    4. Chapter Summary
  6. Storage Networking Building Blocks
    1. Storage Networking Terminology
    2. Legacy SCSI Cabling
    3. Network-Attached Storage
    4. Fibre Channel
    5. Gigabit Ethernet
    6. Assumptions for IP-Based SANs
    7. Chapter Summary
  7. SCSI Protocol
    1. Operating Systems and SCSI I/O
    2. The SCSI Architectural Model
    3. Chapter Summary
  8. The Internet Protocol
    1. Layer 2
    2. Layer 3–IP
    3. Chapter Summary
  9. User Datagram Protocol
    1. Layer 4—UDP
    2. Chapter Summary
  10. Transmission Control Protocol
    1. TCP
    2. Chapter Summary
  11. IP Storage Networking
    1. Standards-Based IP Storage Protocols
    2. Fibre Channel Over IP
    3. Internet Fibre Channel Protocol
    4. Metro Fibre Channel Protocol (mFCP)
    5. Internet SCSI
    6. Chapter Summary
  12. Internet Storage Name Server
    1. Discovery
    2. iSNS Features
    3. Chapter Summary
  13. Security in IP Storage Networks
    1. Securing Storage Data Transport
    2. Security in Fibre Channel SANs
    3. Security Options for IP Storage Networks
    4. Chapter Summary
  14. QoS for IP Storage Networks
    1. Class of Service and QoS
    2. 802.1p Traffic Prioritization
    3. Type of Service
    4. Differentiated Services
    5. Resource Reservation Protocol
    6. Multiprotocol Label Switching
    7. Chapter Summary
  15. InfiniBand
    1. InfiniBand Architecture
    2. InfiniBand and Storage Networking
    3. Chapter Summary
  16. IP Storage Applications
    1. IP Storage in Data Center Applications
    2. IP Storage for Remote Applications
    3. Chapter Summary
  17. Conclusion
    1. Great Expectations
    2. Prerequisites for Successful IP Storage Deployment
    3. IP Storage Futures
    4. Chapter Summary
  18. IP Storage and Related Vendors
  19. The Storage Networking Industry Association
    1. Board of Directors
    2. Executive Director and Staff
    3. Board Advisors
    4. Technical Council
    5. Technical Director
    6. Technical Center Director
    7. SNIA Technology Center
    8. Consumer Council
    9. Committees
    10. Technical Work Groups
    11. Industry Forums
    12. Relationship of SNIA to Other Industry Associations
    13. Summary
  20. Bibliography
    1. Bibliographic Entries
    2. Standards and Proposals
    3. Standards and Proposals Web Links
    4. IP Storage Technical and Marketing
    5. Other Related Web Resources
  21. Glossary