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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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The second edition of Storage Area Networks For Dummies by the same authors is available. That edition has a computer photo on the cover rather than Dummies man.

The ISBN for the second edition is 0470385138. You can search on that ISBN to find the most up-to-date information on SANs, including iSCSI, data de-duplication, and storage virtualization solutions.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2010
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Considering the second edition was released in January 2009, it is appalling how little iSCSI is mentioned. According to the index iSCSI is referenced on fewer than 15 of the book's 437 pages. Two SAN vendors have earned a living doing only iSCSI for over eight years and nearly all the rest offer both iSCSI and FC, so to treat this important SAN technology so lightly in 2008 when this book was going into its second edition was a fatal error to my mind. The author needs to rewrite this book quickly to address not only iSCSI, but also storage virtualization (11 pages), tiering of storage (0 pages), serial attached SCSI (SAS) (0 pages), solid-state drives (0 pages), SATA (2 pages), and thin provisioning (0 pages), to name a few. If you know you need Fiber Channel this book has some utility, but as an overiew of the state of the SAN world at press time or today, it is sadly lacking.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
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I had very little experience with storage before reading this book. Now I feel that I've been properly armed with the basics such that I could dig into an environment and know pretty much what's going on and would be able to draw up an architecture diagram from what I'd be able to learn looking at switches and such. Definitely a good primer for those with little to no storage experience.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2005
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This is the first book that I have seen that gives a clear and concise over view of SAN. I have looked at several books, and while they may be very good and detailed, they usually assume that the reader has has previous experiece with SAN servers. In essence they describe their speciality and not how the system works as a whole. You could say that they describe a tree or particular plant and not the ecology of the whole forest.

This book begins at a high level explaining how the system works as a whole and then works down to the detail level with examples of installing switches and servers, with command line entry examples.

If you are getting started in system adminiatration and storage servers, I highly recommend this book as one of your first reads. This books covers using both Windows and UNIX.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2007
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Hardly a mention of iSCSI and mostly deals with 1 & 2MBit Fiber Channel, which displays some of it's age. Though, it does a reasonable job of explaining LUN's, naming conventions and the security models in reasonably simplistic terminology. I personally wanted to know more specifically about iSCSI and other newer technologies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2012
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The 2008 is far away in time.

Nothing about FCoE, VMWare, ...

NT4.0 is very old operating system.

I think this book is a little old.

BR // JI
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2006
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This book gives a complete view on SANs in a very clear language, with lots of techical information and practical examples. It is the best book I know to obtain a more than enough knowledge to decide what to buy and how to design and implement. Simply great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2011
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I work for a company involved with manufacturing SAN-oriented equipment. This book is a great introduction to concepts and equipment commonly used in the SAN/fibre channel field. While storage and networking can easily become graduate/post-doc level areas most people involved are not of that level of expertise. Fortunately support-contracts are available so that the lay person and casual professional aren't required to know everything. However, one must respect the equipment that they are working with and SAN for Dummies is a great way to learn the basics of this growing field of amazing feats like sending and storing at a rate of 20 Gb p/s and beyond.

If you're a casual professional or lay person, read this book so you don't sound like an idiot when calling tech support.

If you have a graduate degree in CompSci, read this book (and endure the generalizations/minor-ish inaccuracies) to assist your lessers in attaining SAN proficiency.

P.S. This book is a beginning, not an end. If you read it hoping to sound like an expert in a weekend, those who know will see through your charade when the SAN hits the fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2011
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This has to be one of the best data storage books on the market today. While the vast bulk of it shares how to build, test, and troubleshoot a SAN, I used it for general data storage information. It hits on RAID, deduplication, virtualization, back-up, replication, CDP, etc. and many of the conceptual parts of the SAN.

So many times I was reading, and I was like Ohhhhh, OK, THAT's what that means!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2007
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I read this book just before taking an HP SAN training class and before this book I knew Zero about SAN; after I not only understood the class, I understood it well. I told my teacher I was going to try to take the snia exam and he looked through the book and said it was written well and covered most if not all of the important material.
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