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Storage Area Networks

  1. Casimer DeCusatis

Published Online: 15 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse418

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

DeCusatis, C. 2008. Storage Area Networks. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. .

Author Information

  1. IBM Corporation, Poughkeepsie, New York

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2008

Abstract

This chapter provides a tutorial on storage area networks (SANs), including a description of SAN networking protocols, topologies, and design considerations. Additional topics to be discussed include SAN management, virtualization, multiprotocol routing, fabrics and intra-switch links. SAN's extension over long distances (hundreds or thousands of kilometers) will also be considered for applications such as disaster recovery or remote tape and disk vaulting. Both synchronous and asynchronous solutions will be described.

Keywords:

  • SAN;
  • WAN;
  • fibre channel;
  • FICON;
  • infiniband;
  • ethernet;
  • LSAN;
  • WDM;
  • DWDM;
  • disaster recovery;
  • NAS;
  • SCSI;
  • management;
  • MIB;
  • GDPS;
  • PPRC;
  • XRC