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Storage Network Performance Analysis Paperback – May 9, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076451685X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764516856
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Your in-depth guide to analyzing and fine-tuning storage area network performance

Here, for the first time, is your complete resource for optimizing SAN performance and reliability in your organization. Whether you need to evaluate an existing system or design one from the ground up, this book provides a comprehensive, vendor-neutral collection of ideas, practices, guidelines, and frameworks for approaching performance-related issues. Dr. Huseyin Simitci expertly bridges the gap between the theory of performance analysis and the practice of storage system performance engineering, and includes a special case study section filled with real-world examples you can apply to your own SAN, starting today.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop plans for managing SAN capacity, demand, and workload requirements
  • Benchmark and configure SANs to allocate sufficient network resources for adequately managing data
  • Analyze and tune bandwidth, speed, throughput, and performance
  • Understand analytical modeling techniques and the use of simulation for performance analysis
  • Establish guidelines for modeling each storage system layer
  • Apply capacity planning techniques for storage systems and networks, taking into account performance analysis and price/performance considerations
  • Review and select software for performance data collection and storage performance management
  • Fine-tune and optimize the host system and application, storage subsystem, and storage network layers

About the Author

HUSEYIN SIMITCI, PhD, is an engineering researcher at XIOtech Corporation and the author of several research papers devoted to high performance input/output systems and adaptive techniques in parallel file systems. His work contributed to the Scalable I/O Initiative and NSF-funded Grand Challenge programs.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Publius on May 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Simitci's treatment of storage performance is unusually comprehensive and rigorous. While sometimes bordering on the academic - some of the methods proposed require time and skill availble to the researcher but not the typical storage administator - on the whole the book should prove useful to those planning and designing prodcution, enterprise storage systems. The references are well done. This is an excellent book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Finally, a book that encompasses all of the aspects of performance analysis and SAN!
I found this book to be referencing many of the books I and colleagues have found to be excellent examples on how to conduct performance analysis. Easy to understand and well explained theories make this an excellent tool for the seasoned performance analyst and the expert storage analyst.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Frank Morgan on April 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is very extensive and complete review of methods and laws. It however is overly academic. It talks about and explains laws for performance with ease, but fails to provide much (if any) sample work, where you can see actual values used in many of the formulas. It also fails to explain why some of the esoteric laws are important to you in non-statistician language.

Be ready to read this several times to get concepts that could have been explained in 5 seconds by the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John B. Fisher on April 7, 2009
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I am a Systems/Software Engineer, who helps customers solve complex storage issues. Part of that role includes training the various individuals who support those customers as well as those customers. As another reviewer noted, all too often the "solution" is to just replace hardware. All too often, that does not address underlying issues.

As a result, I now take time during EVERY presentation to present the theories behind performance management. The importance of a book such as this is that it helps all of us better comprehend the WHY performance problems arise. Understanding the WHY allows us to identify the WHERE, which allows us to better design methods to avoid common pitfalls.

Few among us will be able to design a storage subsystem using modelling software. Still, it presents the use of such tools and the concept of designing a storage environment to avoid workload induced problems.

This book will be a valuable resource for myself and those to whom I present such material. This should be a valuable resource for anyone who deals with storage performance analysis.
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Excellent book on storage performance analisys. Most of the guys responsible for storage should read it, but unfortunately did not : (. You can look at the "search inside" so I shall not write about content. I am IT pro for about 30 years now, but never met a system engineer with detailed knowledge explained in the book(it is easier to buy a new storage). So I strongly recomend this book also to managers of IT departments. After reading the book and asking their team some questions, you will know if someone is doing the work or not.Or buy a new storage for another milion$.
It is unbelievable how many IT staff read the whitepapers(included marketing) and could not make a solution with his own knowledge.They should read books like this one.
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