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Storage Networks Explained: Basics and Application of Fibre Channel SAN, NAS, iSCSI, InfiniBand and FCoE, Second Edition by Rainer Erkens, Nils Haustein, Ulf Troppens, Wolfgang Müller-Friedt, Rainer Wolafka

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Foreword to the Second Edition by Hermann Strass

A book on the subject of storage networks is especially important during these fast-moving times. The technology for storage networking is basically bringing with it new structures and procedures that will remain topical in the foreseeable future regardless of incremental differences and changes in products. This book is based on the experience of its authors in their day-to-day work with the material. It provides system administrators and system planners in particular with the tools they need for an optimal selection and cost-effective implementation of this complex technology, the use and operation of which currently seems indispensable in view of the ever-increasing storage quantities in companies. The technology of networked storage provides demonstrable and important cost savings. Growth therefore continues even in an unfavourable economic climate.

Storage quantities are growing because we are now working much more in colour, in three-dimension and digitally than was the case years ago. Furthermore, legal regulations that exist in the European Union and in other countries make the electronic/digital storage of all business data compulsory. The law no longer allows old business documents to be filed in printed form in archives. Data quantities continue to increase in good times as well as bad. Even lost contracts and the related data must be stored digitally. The legal regulations on their own are thus ensuring that a certain ...

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