Fibre Channel: Switched Fabric



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This latest update to the Fibre Channel Consultant series continues the tradition of providing comprehensive information on Fibre Channel technology. Newly updated with a major revision for 2007 to include virtual fabrics, inter-fabric routing and other changes to the standards, this valuable resource provides thorough and up-to-the minute discussions of Fibre Channel switched fabric topology.

Fibre Channel Switched Fabric is the first reference text other than the standards. It's an in-depth examination of the Fibre Channel fabric including concepts, addressing, initialization, principal switch selection, routing concepts and protocols, path selection, and switching constructs. In addition, this book explores the rich set of functions found in switched fabric environments including the Name Server, Management Server, Alias Server, and the commands and protocol used to access the services.

Most important, Fibre Channel Switched Fabric provides understandable explanations and practical guidelines for working with complex technology. As with its predecessors in the Fibre Channel Consultant series, this book will quickly become your gotta-have resource.

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Switched Fabric Reader Comments

"Robert Kembel's Fibre Channel Switched Fabric is an excellent guide to the internal workings of fabrics. This book makes the complexities of fabrics intelligible and shows how each Fibre Channel switch standard fits into an integrated whole. Along with his other books on Fibre Channel and Arbitrated Loop, this provides a firm foundation for understanding the underlying architecture of today's storage networks."

Tom Clark,
Author, Designing Storage Area Networks
Board Member, Storage Networking Industry Association
Co-Chair, SNIA Interoperability Committee
Director of Technical Marketing, Nishan Systems

 

"The switched fabric-based topology has allowed Fibre Channel to become the premier Storage Area Networking technology, and is enabling Fibre Channel to be applied to nonstorage-related applications such as System Area Networks and Content Distribution. Robert Kembel has taken the intricacies of Fabric Configuration, Path Selection and Routing, Fabric Services, and presented them in a clear and concise manner. This book is a must-read for anyone implementing switch-based Storage Area Networks, developing Fibre Channel switches, or requiring an understanding of switch-based environments."

Steve Wilson,
Technical Editor, Fibre Channel Switched Fabric-2
Senior Staff Engineer, Technology
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

 

"The Storage Area Networking (SAN) phenomenon hardly needs introduction - with the ability to implement switching architectures for storage subsystems, it is now possible for IT professionals to realize the promise of LAN-free backup, clustered applications, and heterogeneous shared access to data.
The core of these implementations are explained in Fibre Channel Switched Fabrics.

Robert Kembel has done a remarkable job of making this complex subject matter accessible, including liberal use of flow charts, state diagrams, and real-world traces from working fabrics. Both novices and experts will appreciate the many insights into the planning, assessment, design and architecture of fabric infrastructures.

his volume is the first of its kind to make sense of an imposing stack of industry standards, implementations, and best practices. An well-organized, easy-to-follow companion to Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop, Robert Kembel has written what is sure to become another reference standard. This book is already one of the best-used resources on my desk."

Wayne Rickard,
Sr. VP/CTO, Gadzoox Networks, Inc.
Chair, SNIA Technical Committee

 
 
   
   
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