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VINE VOICEon November 21, 2013
This is a great book to start learn about SAN and NAS.

It covers the basics and has a terrific chapter on why SAN is necessary for all enterprises.

The value proposition of SAN, indeed, is very strong. No wonder practically all large IT enterprises have adopted SAN for their storage solution of choice.

This book doesn't cover any advanced materials. It doesn't covers anything vendor specifc, such as EMC and NETAPP, technologies and solutions.

This is a fine place to start but it will not make anyone a knowledgeable expert.

Pros:
1)Good overview of SAN.
2)Terrific chapter on the value proposition of SAN to IT.
3)Starts from ground up (What is RAID, Volume, LUN, etc).

Cons:
1)Doesn't cover any major vendor specific technologies.
2)Doesn't cover major uses of SAN technology (such as database servers).
3)Doesn't deal with any technical issues beyond generalities. You will never find any command-line or technical troubleshooting steps.
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on January 26, 2010
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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on May 28, 2011
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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on July 31, 2017
Easy to read and understand.
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on July 15, 2016
Shold have looked at the publish date before buying. Very outdated. I have some SAN experience and wanted to get more detailed knowlegde. SANs fave chnaged a lot in the last 7 years since the last update of this book.
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on October 20, 2009
While working at a large SF Bay Area IT company as a marketing manager, I was transferred from the microprocessor division to the storage department. "Storage Area Networks for Dummies" was a wonderful resource for getting up to speed with the technologies and terminology of my new world. Over the last 5 years I have recommened it time and time again to marketing managers new to storage.

If you can grasp the concepts in the first 2 chapters, you will learn enough to follow the industry. And the rest of the book is a wonderful reference for non-techies.
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on March 16, 2011
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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on October 28, 2013
A little more readable than most texts as you would expect from this series, simple tips, not much detail on the underlying technologies or protocols but plenty on why SAN's evolved to where they are now
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on August 14, 2013
This is a great book to learn the terminology and infrastructure design of how a Storage Area Network can improve business functions. Easy to read and in-depth look at SAN Technologies.
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on November 18, 2016
Nice
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