When I was a boy, my dad used to tell me, “A job is only worth doing if you do it right.” I've since learned that for some projects “getting it right” involves many years, repeated attempts, and the ability to identify and throw away weak components that do not further the goals of the project.

For a couple years, I'd been feeling that I wanted to write another book that would take on more difficult topics and present them in a way that allows an experienced networking professional to gain a deeper understanding of storage technologies and processes. So when Cisco Press approached me about working on a new storage book, I was interested. Fortunately, their concept aligned with mine, which was to focus almost entirely on the storage ...

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