Building Storage Networks
||Author: Marc Farley, Mark Farley|
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media (22 May, 2001)
Sales Rank: 54,963
Average Customer Rating: 4.18 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
Another rush job...
It seems like too many technical books, especially those that
cover leading hot topics are rush rush rushed... This is
The book is full of errors, omitions, redundant verbiage,
dis-organized presentations etc. Overall the book has the
feeling of one of those heavy PC/Windows "throw-away", books
that you see street vendors sell for $1-2 a book after awhile.
Although there are valid and pertinent points in the book, I
found it very troubling to read as you never know what is
verifibly correct and what could be just another mistake or
error ! (Nothing like spending your time learning someone
This level of quality is particularly galling considering
that this is supposidly a "second edition". Perhaps it's
no surprise that there is no information on how to reach
the author. If he did then maybe the suckered masses could
have written him email pointing out all the problems, something
the editor should have done but obviously not in this case.
Advice: wait for the 3rd or 4th "edition", the "second edition"
should have been called a draft...
Rating: 3 out of 5
Very Complete Reference Book. More than need be.
Building Storage Networks is a very complete reference into storage. This book covers it all. If you know nothing about storage, by the time you get through the 590 pages you will have a complete knowledge of storage.
The 'Blueprint' section is somewhat confusing, especially if you are not storage savvy. I have been building storage systems for several years now and had to read the blueprints several times to fully understand them. They could have been done better.
Overall the book is good reference material, but it was not what I was expecting. To me, it appears the author started out with good intentions, but could not decide what 'extra' information could/should be left out. He could have just summarized some topics. There are numerous books on RAID, SCSI, etc that the author should have just referenced at the end of each chapter. This would have cut the size of book down considerably.
Rating: 3 out of 5
SAN and NAS Beginnings
Nicely written material for the beginner to the SAN and NAS areas, but ultimately falls short of the depth that I was looking for in understanding SAN and NAS technologies. Covers the networking, protocols, and basic SAN and NAS architectures well. If you have a fairly good idea of the SAN and NAS solutions available today, than this book doesn't provide anything you haven't already been exposed. If your looking for a book that explains how and where SAN and NAS solutions might fit into your organization, than this is the book for you.
· Using SANs and NAS
· IP SANS: An Introduction to iSCSI, iFCP, and FCIP Protocols for Storage Area Networks
· Storage Area Networking Essentials: A Complete Guide to Understanding & Implementing SANs
· Designing Storage Area Networks: A Practical Reference for Implementing Fibre Channel and IP SANs, Second Edition