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Storage Networking Protocol Fundamentals


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  • Introduces network administrators to the requirements of storage protocols
  • Compares and contrasts the basic functionality of Ethernet, IP, and Fibre Channel
  • The Fundamental series from Cisco Press launches the basis to readers for understanding the purpose, application, and management of technologies
    • Copyright 2006
    • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
    • Pages: 552
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 1-58705-160-5
    • ISBN-13: 978-1-58705-160-9

    A comparative analysis of Ethernet, TCP/IP, and Fibre Channel in the context of SCSI

    • Introduces network administrators to the requirements of storage protocols
    • Explains the operation of network protocols to storage administrators
    • Compares and contrasts the functionality of Ethernet, TCP/IP, and Fibre Channel
    • Documents the details of the major protocol suites, explains how they operate, and identifies common misunderstandings
    • References the original standards and specifications so you can get a complete understanding of each protocol
    • Helps you understand the implications of network design choices
    • Discusses advanced network functionality such as QoS, security, management, and protocol analysis 

    Corporations increasingly depend on computer and communication technologies to remain competitive in the global economy. Customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, and e-mail are a few of the many applications that generate new data every day. Effectively storing, managing, and accessing that data is a primary business challenge in the information age. Storage networking is a crucial component of the solution to meet that challenge.

    Written for both storage administrators who need to learn more about networking and network administrators who need to learn more about storage, Storage Networking Protocol Fundamentals is a concise introduction to storage networking protocols. The book picks up where Storage Networking Fundamentals left off by focusing on the networking protocols that underlie modern open systems: block-oriented storage networks.

    The first part of the book introduces you to the field of storage networking and the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model. The second part compares networked storage technologies, including iSCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface over IP) and Fibre Channel. It also examines in detail each of the major protocol suites layer-by-layer within the OSI reference model. The third part discusses advanced functionalities of these technologies, such as quality of service (QoS), load-balancing functions, security, management, and protocol analysis. You can read this book cover to cover or use it as a reference, directly accessing the particular topics of interest to you.

    “Storage networking is a critical concept for today’s businesses, and this book provides a unique and helpful way to better understand it. Storage networking is also continuously evolving, and as such this book may be seen as an introduction to the information technology infrastructures of the future.”

    —from the foreword by Claudio DeSanti, vice-chairman of the ANSI INCITS T11 Technical Committee

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    Table of Contents

    Part I   Storage Networking Landscape

    Chapter 1  Overview of Storage Networking

    Brief History of Storage

        Intelligent Interface Models

        Serial Transmission Techniques

        Modern Storage Networks

    Drivers for Change

    What Is a Storage Network?

    Block Storage Protocol Review: ATA, SCSI, and SBCCS




    Mainframe Storage Networking: ESCON and FICON



    File Server Protocol Review: CIFS, NFS, and DAFS




    Backup Protocols: NDMP and EXTENDED COPY



    Optical Technologies: SONET/SDH, DWDM/CWDM, and RPR/802.17




    Virtualization Implementations: Host, Storage Subsystem, and Network

        Host Implementations

        Storage Subsystem Implementations

        Network Implementations


    Review Questions

    Chapter 2  OSI Reference Model Versus Other Network Models

    OSI Reference Model

        Network Models, Specifications, and Implementations

        Seven-Layer Model

        Implementation Considerations

    SCSI Bus Interface and the ANSI T10 SCSI-3 Architecture Model

    Ethernet and the IEEE 802 Reference Model

    TCP/IP Suite and the ARPANET Model

    Fibre Channel Architecture and ANSI T11 Model

        Fibre Channel Model and the OSI Reference Model

        Fibre Channel Specifications


    Review Questions

    Chapter 3  Overview of Network Operating Principles

    Conceptual Underpinnings



        Service and Device Discovery

    SCSI Parallel Interface

        The Right Tool for the Job

        SPI Throughput

        SPI Topologies

        SPI Service and Device Discovery


        Low Overhead Paradigm

        Ethernet Throughput

        Ethernet Topologies

        Ethernet Service and Device Discovery

    TCP/IP Suite

        Value of Ubiquitous Connectivity

        TCP/IP Throughput

        TCP/IP Topologies

        TCP/IP Service and Device Discovery

    Fibre Channel

        Merger of Channels and Packet Switching

        FC Throughput

        FC Topologies

        FC Service and Device Discovery


    Review Questions

    Chapter 4  Overview of Modern SCSI Networking Protocols


        iSCSI Functional Overview

        iSCSI Procedural Overview


        FCP Functional Overview

        FCP Procedural Overview


        FCIP Functional Overview

        FCIP Procedural Overview


        iFCP Functional Overview

        iFCP Procedural Overview


    Review Questions

    Part II  OSI Layers

    Chapter 5  OSI Physical and Data-Link Layers

    Conceptual Underpinnings

        Addressing Schemes

        Address Formats

        Delivery Mechanisms

        Link Aggregation


    SCSI Parallel Interface

        SPI Media, Connectors, Transceivers, and Operating Ranges

        SPI Encoding and Signaling

        SPI Addressing Scheme

        SPI Name Assignment and Resolution

        SPI Address Assignment and Resolution

        SPI Media Access

        SPI Network Boundaries

        SPI Frame Formats

        SPI Delivery Mechanisms

        SPI Link Aggregation

        SPI Link Initialization


        Ethernet Media, Connectors, Transceivers, and Operating Ranges

        Ethernet Encoding and Signaling

        Ethernet Addressing Scheme

        Ethernet Name Assignment and Resolution

        Ethernet Address Assignment and Resolution

        Ethernet Media Access

        Ethernet Network Boundaries

        Ethernet Frame Formats

        Ethernet Delivery Mechanisms

        Ethernet Link Aggregation

        Ethernet Link Initialization

    Fibre Channel

        FC Media, Connectors, Transceivers, and Operating Ranges

        FC Encoding and Signaling

        FC Addressing Scheme

        FC Name Assignment and Resolution

        FC Address Assignment and Resolution

        FC Media Access

        FC Network Boundaries

        FC Frame Formats

        FC Delivery Mechanisms

        FC Link Aggregation

        FC Link Initialization


    Review Questions

    Chapter 6  OSI Network Layer

    Internet Protocol

        IPv4 Overview

        Data-Link Support

        Addressing Scheme

        Name Assignment and Resolution

        Address Assignment and Resolution

    Network Boundaries

        Packet Formats

        Delivery Mechanisms


    Interface and Port Initialization

    Fibre Channel


    Review Questions

    Chapter 7  OSI Transport Layer

    TCP/IP Suite


      UDP Operational Overview

      UDP Packet Formats

      UDP Delivery Mechanisms

      UDP Connection Initialization


      TCP Operational Overview

      TCP Packet Formats

      TCP Options

      TCP Delivery Mechanisms

      TCP Connection Initialization

    Fibre Channel

        FC Operational Overview

        FC Frame Formats

        FC Delivery Mechanisms

        FC Connection Initialization


    Review Questions

    Chapter 8  OSI Session, Presentation, and Application Layers

    iSCSI Operational Details

        iSCSI Addressing Scheme

        iSCSI Name Assignment and Resolution

        iSCSI Address Assignment and Resolution

        iSCSI Session Types, Phases, and Stages

        iSCSI Data Transfer Optimizations

        iSCSI PDU Formats

        iSCSI Login Parameters

        iSCSI Delivery Mechanisms

    FCP Operational Details

        FCP Addressing Scheme

        FCP Name Assignment and Resolution

        FCP Address Assignment and Resolution

        FCP Session Establishment

        FCP Data Transfer Optimizations

        FCP IU Formats

        FCP Additional Login Parameters

        FCP Delivery Mechanisms

    FCIP Operational Details

        Architecture and Functional Models

        FCIP Addressing Scheme

        FCIP Packet and Frame Formats

        FCIP Session Establishment

        FCIP Delivery Mechanisms

        FCIP Data Transfer Optimizations


    Review Questions

    Part III Advanced Network Functionality

    Chapter 9  Flow Control and Quality of Service

    Conceptual Underpinnings of Flow Control and Quality of Service

    Ethernet Flow Control and QoS

        Ethernet Flow Control

        Ethernet QoS

    IP Flow Control and QoS

        IP Flow Control

        IP QoS

    TCP Flow Control and QoS

        TCP Flow Control

        TCP QoS

    iSCSI Flow Control and QoS

        iSCSI Flow Control

        iSCSI QoS

    FC Flow Control and QoS

        FC Flow Control

        FC QoS

    FCP Flow Control and QoS

        FCP Flow Control

        FCP QoS

    FCIP Flow Control and QoS

        FCIP Flow Control

        FCIP QoS


    Review Questions

    Chapter 10 Routing and Switching Protocols

    Conceptual Underpinnings of Routing and Switching Protocols

    Ethernet Switching Protocols

    IP Routing Protocols

    FC Switching Protocols


    Review Questions

    Chapter 11 Load Balancing

    Conceptual Underpinnings of Load Balancing

    Load Balancing with Networking Technologies

        Ethernet Load Balancing

        IP Load Balancing

        FC Load Balancing

    Load Balancing with Session-Oriented Technologies

        iSCSI Load Balancing

        FCP Load Balancing

        FCIP Load Balancing

    End Node Load-Balancing Techniques


    Review Questions

    Chapter 12 Storage Network Security

    Conceptual Underpinnings of Storage Network Security

    AAA Protocols

    Management Protocols

    Ethernet Security

    IP Security

    TCP Security

    iSCSI Security

    Fibre Channel Security

    FCP Security

    FCIP Security


    Review Questions

    Chapter 13 Storage Management Protocols

    Conceptual Underpinnings of Storage Management Protocols

    TCP/IP Management

    FC Management

    SCSI Management


    Review Questions

    Chapter 14 Protocol Decoding and Traffic Analysis

    The Purpose of Protocol Decoding

    Methods of Traffic Capture

    Types of Protocol Decoders

    Protocol Decoder Screenshots

    Purpose of Traffic Analysis

    Types of Traffic Analyzers


    Review Questions

    Part IV  Appendixes

    Appendix A  Standards and Specifications

    Appendix B  Acronyms and Abbreviations

    Appendix C  Answers to Review Questions




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