A comprehensive guide to designing and implementing Storage Area NetworksStorage Area Network EssentialsElectronic commerce has made traditional data storage methods obsolete. The need for full-time data access, as well as the sharing of storage and data by multiple applications, has given rise to a completely new data storage paradigm -- the Storage Area Network (SAN). SANs are already revolutionizing distributed computing. In this comprehensive book, two top technology experts from VERITAS Software Corporation take you through all facets of storage networking. They first show you how a SAN can help consolidate conventional server storage onto networks. Then they explain how a SAN can help make applications highly available no matter how much data is being stored, which, in turn, makes data access and management faster and easier. Along the way, they provide you with invaluable advice on the design and deployment of the technology and how it works to make your decision to adopt storage networking easier, and give you an appreciation of the benefits that you are likely to realize.With this book, you'll find detailed, up-to-date coverage on: The evolution of computing in data centers and how it has led to SANs Killer applications for SANs Storage networking and what it means to an enterprise information processing architecture The storage, network, and software components required for storage networking Issues in SAN implementation and management Wiley Computer Publishing has teamed up with VERITAS Software Corporation to deliver a series of books for the enterprise storage management community. These titles will provide system and network administrators, server application developers, and storage engineers with in-depth, hands-on information on how to build scalable, quick, and highly available storage area networks. Key books in the series, including this one, are designed to help CIOs make the decisions as to when and how to embark on investing in new technology.Wiley Computer Publishing Timely. Practical. Reliable.Visit our Web site at www.wiley.com/compbooks/ Visit the VERITAS Web site at www.veritas.comBarker, Richard is the author of 'Storage Area Network Essentials A Complete Guide to Understanding and Implementing Sans', published 2001 under ISBN 9780471034452 and ISBN 0471034452.