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iSCSI: The Universal Storage Connection

iSCSI
The Universal Storage Connection
by John L. Hufferd

Addison-Wesley, 2003
ISBN: 0-201-78419-X


John Hufferd is a known expert on the iSCSI prococol, having been an actively contributor to it. The book covers several introduction sections on An Overview of iSCSI and The Value and Position of iSCSI. The bulk of the book covers the technical specification split into logical sections, including Session Management, Command and Data Ordering and Flow, and Error Handling. Seven appendices follow the main text, include a complete listing of key words and values. This book is aimed at technical professionals, but the first few chapters are useful for managers and marketers too.
IP SANs: A Guide to iSCSI, iFCP, and FCIP Protocols for Storage Area Networks IP SANs
A Guide to iSCSI, iFCP, and FCIP Protocols for Storage Area Networks
by Tom Clark
Pearson Education, 2002
ISBN: 0-201-75277-8


Tom Clark has written an excellent text that provides an overall perspective on the latest IP-based SAN protocols. The book starts out with basic coverage of SCSI and the TCP/IP protocols. This is followed by a section on each of the IP storage protocols: FCIP, iFCP, and iSCSI. Clark also addresses the issues of network discovery and SAN security.

 

Using SANs and NAS Using SANs and NAS
by W. Curtis Preston
O'Reilly, 2002
ISBN: 0-596-00153-3


Preston is best known for his book on backup and recovery, also published by O'Reilly. He has applied his considerable wealth of practical knowledge to this book which is designed for system administrators and network architects. He ably explains both SANs and NAS in terms of what they really do, and how they really work, as opposed to the abundant marketing hype. Preston covers not only how to architect a storage system, but how to manage it and (of course) back it up. Highly recommended for anyone who will have "hand-on" with either SANs or NAS.

IP Storage Networking: IBM NAS & iSCSI Solutions IP Storage Networking
IBM NAS & iSCSI Solutions
Rowell Hernandez
Chai Cher Kion
Geoff Cole
IBM Redbooks, June 2001
ISBN: 0-7384-2158-8


This book is a great introduction to IP storage. The first couple chapters give the motivations for SANs and NAS and then proceed into the technical details of TCP/IP. The middle chapters are focused on IBM's product offerings, but they are not heavy-handed. This book has the added feature that it is available in print, or as a free PDF version downloadable from IBM (www.ibm.com/redbooks , follow link to "Redbooks Online").

 

Building Storage Networks, 2nd Edition Building Storage Networks
2nd Edition

by Marc Farley
Osborne/McGraw-Hill, May, 2001
ISBN: 0-07-213072-5

This is considered to be the Bible of storage networking. It is not the kind of book you read straight through, but works as a reference text whenever you have a question about any aspect of storage networking. Farley has an easy writing style that clearly explains how things really work.
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