Storage Area Networks provide highly reliable, high-performance connectivity between hosts and storage devices. This allows storage resource sharing, improving asset utilization, and enabling solutions such as high availability, disaster recovery, information lifecycle management, and utility computing. These solutions provide a high return on investment, resulting in an accelerating SAN adoption rate in all IT markets.This book provides an overview of SAN protocols and technologies, and practical guidance on SAN design, implementation, and management topics. Some future SAN trends and technologies are discussed, but the focus is on designing SANs with current, real-world products such as Fibre Channel switches and routers.Principles of SAN Design offers a "one stop shop" for SAN design knowledge. Why wait? Read the definitive work on SAN design today!