* The emphasis of this book will be on detailed practicality. Most of the SAN books provide a theoretical treatment of the technology from a top-down perspective. This book will be written from the perspective of "from the ground up".
* Relates specific technology offerings to particular application areas. Email stores, Image stores, Video Production and RDBMS disk are used as specific case studies to show how the hardware, firmware, and interconnects are set up and used.
* SAN technology is ready to move out of the glass house and large scale storage is becoming applicable to even dedicated purposes. This represents an increase in the potential audience for a book on SANs and, of course, remains highly useful for the administrators and centralized technical staff responsible for backups, recoverability, and availability.
Chapter 1--A Walk Around the Technology Chapter 2--RAID & JBOD Chapter 3--Hardware Connectivity & Throughput Chapter 4--Software Connectivity & Overhead Chapter 5--Administration Chapter 6--Backup & Recovery Chapter 7--Security Chapter 8--Applications Chapter 9--Case Studies Chapter 10--Vendor Offerings Profiled Chapter 11--ROI and TCO Chapter 12--Future Directions