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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

Book News Annotation:

To remains globally competitive, companies now gather vast amounts of data on just about everything. Then they need to put it somewhere, and in such a manner that someone can find and retrieve a particular piece of it without too much trouble. A storage networking systems engineer for Cisco Systems documents details, explains concepts, dispels misconceptions, and compares protocols for a networking storage system. Being more concerned with disclosing protocols than assessing them, he strives for objectivity.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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To remains globally competitive, companies now gather vast amounts of data on just about everything. Then they need to put it somewhere, and in such a manner that someone can find and retrieve a particular piece of it without too much trouble. A storage networking systems engineer for Cisco Systems documents details, explains concepts, dispels misconceptions, and compares protocols for a networking storage system. Being more concerned with disclosing protocols than assessing them, he strives for objectivity. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A concise introduction to storage networking protocols
  • 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
  • A plethora of new storage networking products have appeared on the market, and more are expected to appear as the market continues to expand. The IDC predicts the total storage/storage networking market will reach $71.4 billion in 2006. With so many new storage networking products on the market, the Fundamentals series from Cisco press is the ideal series for a storage networking protocols book. Network administrators, system administrators, and storage administrators must develop new skills to effectively deploy and support new storage networking products as the paradigm continues to shift. This book is aimed at readers who have recently entered the storage networking field. The foundational learning in the book will provide the reader with a basic comparison of various networking technologies that are commonly used to transport mainstream storage protocols. In particular it provides a comparative analysis of Ethernet, TCP/IP and Fibre Channel in the context of storage. This book starts with an overview of the storage networking industry then proceeds to an overview of the OSI Reference Model and common network protocols. Next, implementation of common services within each protocol is compared. The book then turns its focus from general networking to storage networking by introducing the reader to storage-specificprotocols. The book concludes with a brief introduction to storage protocol analysis and technologies related storage networking.

    About the Author

    James Long is a storage networking systems engineer for Cisco Systems, Inc., where he specializes in field sales organization. James has more than 16 years of IT experience spanning server administration, database administration, software development, multiprotocol network design and administration, remote access solutions design and administration, IP telephony and IP contact center design, content distribution design, storage network design, and advanced technology evaluation. James holds numerous technical certifications from Cisco®, Microsoft, Novell, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

    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

        ATA

        SCSI

        SBCCS

    Mainframe Storage Networking: ESCON and FICON

        ESCON

        FICON

    File Server Protocol Review: CIFS, NFS, and DAFS

        CIFS

        NFS

        DAFS

    Backup Protocols: NDMP and EXTENDED COPY

        NDMP

        SCSI-3 EXTENDED COPY

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

        SONET/SDH

        DWDM/CWDM

        RPR/802.17

    Virtualization Implementations: Host, Storage Subsystem, and Network

        Host Implementations

        Storage Subsystem Implementations

        Network Implementations

    Summary

    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

    Summary

    Review Questions

    Chapter 3  Overview of Network Operating Principles

    Conceptual Underpinnings

        Throughput

        Topologies

        Service and Device Discovery

    SCSI Parallel Interface

        The Right Tool for the Job

        SPI Throughput

        SPI Topologies

        SPI Service and Device Discovery

    Ethernet

        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

    Summary

    Review Questions

    Chapter 4  Overview of Modern SCSI Networking Protocols

    iSCSI

        iSCSI Functional Overview

        iSCSI Procedural Overview

    FCP

        FCP Functional Overview

        FCP Procedural Overview

    FCIP

        FCIP Functional Overview

        FCIP Procedural Overview

    iFCP

        iFCP Functional Overview

        iFCP Procedural Overview

    Summary

    Review Questions

    Part II  OSI Layers

    Chapter 5  OSI Physical and Data-Link Layers

    Conceptual Underpinnings

        Addressing Schemes

        Address Formats

        Delivery Mechanisms

        Link Aggregation

        Transceivers

    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

        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

    Summary

    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

    ICMP

    Interface and Port Initialization

    Fibre Channel

    Summary

    Review Questions

    Chapter 7  OSI Transport Layer

    TCP/IP Suite

    UDP

      UDP Operational Overview

      UDP Packet Formats

      UDP Delivery Mechanisms

      UDP Connection Initialization

    TCP

      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

    Summary

    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

    Summary

    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

    Summary

    Review Questions

    Chapter 10 Routing and Switching Protocols

    Conceptual Underpinnings of Routing and Switching Protocols

    Ethernet Switching Protocols

    IP Routing Protocols

    FC Switching Protocols

    Summary

    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

    Summary

    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

    Summary

    Review Questions

    Chapter 13 Storage Management Protocols

    Conceptual Underpinnings of Storage Management Protocols

    TCP/IP Management

    FC Management

    SCSI Management

    Summary

    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

    Summary

    Review Questions

    Part IV  Appendixes

    Appendix A  Standards and Specifications

    Appendix B  Acronyms and Abbreviations

    Appendix C  Answers to Review Questions

    Glossary

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    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9781587051609
    Author:
    Long, James
    Publisher:
    Cisco Press
    Subject:
    Networking - General
    Subject:
    Networking - Network Protocols
    Subject:
    Storage area networks (Computer networks)
    Copyright:
    Edition Description:
    Trade paper
    Series:
    Fundamentals
    Publication Date:
    April 2006
    Binding:
    TRADE PAPER
    Grade Level:
    General/trade
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Y
    Pages:
    552
    Dimensions:
    9.2 x 7.44 x 1.1 in 943 gr

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    "Synopsis" by , A concise introduction to storage networking protocols
  • 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
  • A plethora of new storage networking products have appeared on the market, and more are expected to appear as the market continues to expand. The IDC predicts the total storage/storage networking market will reach $71.4 billion in 2006. With so many new storage networking products on the market, the Fundamentals series from Cisco press is the ideal series for a storage networking protocols book. Network administrators, system administrators, and storage administrators must develop new skills to effectively deploy and support new storage networking products as the paradigm continues to shift. This book is aimed at readers who have recently entered the storage networking field. The foundational learning in the book will provide the reader with a basic comparison of various networking technologies that are commonly used to transport mainstream storage protocols. In particular it provides a comparative analysis of Ethernet, TCP/IP and Fibre Channel in the context of storage. This book starts with an overview of the storage networking industry then proceeds to an overview of the OSI Reference Model and common network protocols. Next, implementation of common services within each protocol is compared. The book then turns its focus from general networking to storage networking by introducing the reader to storage-specificprotocols. The book concludes with a brief introduction to storage protocol analysis and technologies related storage networking.
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