Book: IBM TotalStorage: Implementing an Open IBM SAN

While not directly related to virtualization this IBM Redbook is a great starting point if you are approaching enterprise virtualization and are looking for a Storage Attached Network (SAN) device:

In this IBM Redbook, which is an update and major revision of the previous version, we have tried to consolidate as much of the critical information as possible while covering procedures and tasks that are likely to be encountered on a daily basis.

Each of the products described has much, much more functionality than we could ever hope to cover in just one redbook. The IBM SAN portfolio is rich in quality products that bring a vast amount of technicality and vitality to the SAN world. Their inclusion and selection is based on a thorough understanding of the storage networking environment that positions IBM, and therefore its customers and partners, in an ideal position to take advantage by their deployment.

We cover the latest additions to the IBM SAN family, which includes products from companies such as Brocade, Cisco, CNT, Emulex, and McDATA. We show how they can be implemented in an open systems environment, and we focus on the Fibre Channel protocol (FCP) environment in particular. We address some of the key concepts that they bring to the market, and in each case, we give an overview of those functions that are essential to building a robust SAN environment.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 – Implementing a SAN with the e-type family
  • Chapter 2 – Implementing a SAN with the b-type family
  • Chapter 3 – Implementing a SAN with the m-type family
  • Chapter 4 – Implementing a SAN with the n-type family
  • Chapter 5 – Implementing a SAN with the Cisco family

Download it here.