The SAN Primer for SMB
By Karl W. Palachuk and Harry Brelsford
with Ryan J. Klein
- Case Studies of SAN Projects and an SMB Consultant finding success selling SANs.
- Integrating SANs with Small Business Server 2003
- FAQs Galore
- Great Glossary
This "Primer" is intended for anyone who wants a quick education in Storage Area Networks. While it is primarily geared to the SMB (Small and Medium Business) market space, it should be very useful to anyone who needs to come up to speed on SAN technology.
It is particularly helpful to consultants, end-users, and others who have a strong understanding of server and network technologies, but who want to get a quick education on SANs. As a result, even enterprise technicians who are getting their first introduction to SAN technology will find it very useful.
So, no matter what level you're at, this Primer is intended to give you a very straight-forward, hands-on introduction to SAN technology.
The SAN Primer for SMB was developed by Karl W. Palachuk, a successful network consultant with more than two decades of computer experience. Karl is the author of the wildly-popular Network Documentation Workbook and has been a featured speaker across the United States, the U.K., and selected locations in Europe.
Praise for The SAN Primer for SMB:
"When I was first asked to write a foreword for this SMB SAN Primer, I immediately
thought of the many usability tests that were performed on the Microsoft campus in late 2002 and early 2003 with IT
professionals from small and medium businesses. The Windows Server team at Microsoft (and its partners) wanted to determine
if a typical IT professional from a small business environment could install a Fibre Channel SAN with Windows servers as hosts
in six hours or less with the SAN technology of the time.
The storage devices that were made available to these IT professionals were of the modular type that could eventually find its way into their environments. The networking devices (HBAs, switches, cables, SFPs) were typical of what existed at the time and all of the standard user documentation was provided. None of the IT professionals that were invited to these tests could configure and deploy a FC SAN at all, never mind in six hours or less! If this SMB SAN Primer book had been part of the documentation provided, I am confident that the results would have been vastly different!"
Claude Lorenson, Ph.D
Group Product Manager, Storage
Windows Server Division
"The SAN Primer is a 'must have' book for all serious SMB consultants, especially Microsoft SBS Specialists. SANs are the future and you need to prepare now to keep yourself and your customers on the cutting edge. It doesn't get any better than the SAN primer to quickly prepare the SMB consultant for the SAN explosion.
Yet another winner in the SMB Nation publication stable."
SBSC, Dublin, Ireland
Finding Success with SANs
- Ten Chapters
- Publisher: SMB Nation Press