IBM/Cisco Multiprotocol Routing: An Introduction and Implementation

An IBM Redbooks publication


This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the products, concepts, and technology in the IBM System Storage™ SAN Routing portfolio, which is based on Cisco products and technology. It also discusses the features of each product, and offers examples of how you can deploy and use them. The book targets storage network administrators, system designers, architects, and IT professionals who sell, design, or administer SANs.
The rapid spread and adoption of production storage area networks (SANs) has fueled the need for multiprotocol routers. The routers provide improved scalability, security, and manageability by enabling devices in separate SAN fabrics to communicate without merging fabrics into a single, large SAN fabric. This capability enables clients to initially deploy separate SAN solutions at the departmental and data center levels. Then, clients can consolidate these separate solutions into large enterprise SAN solutions as their experience and requirements grow and change.
Alternatively, multiprotocol routers can help to connect existing enterprise SANs for a variety of reasons. For example, the introduction of Small Computer System Interface over IP (iSCSI) provides for the connection of low-end, low-cost hosts to enterprise SANs. The use of an Internet Protocol (IP) in the Fibre Channel (FC) environment provides for resource consolidation and disaster recovery planning over long distances. And the use of FC-FC routing services provides connectivity between two or more fabrics without having to merge them into a single SAN.
To derive the maximum benefit from this book, you should already be familiar with SANs. Otherwise, we recommend that you first read the following IBM Redbooks publications:
IBM TotalStorage: SAN Product, Design, and Optimization Guide, SG24-6384
Introduction to Storage Area Networks, SG24-5470
Implementing an IBM/Cisco SAN, SG24-7545

Table of contents

Chapter 1. SAN routing introduction
Chapter 2. Cisco family routing products
Chapter 3. Cisco routing features and benefits
Chapter 4. Cisco routing best practices
Chapter 5. Routing real-life solutions
Chapter 6. Initial setup
Chapter 7. Fibre Channel over Internet Protocol implementation
Chapter 8. VSANs and IVR
Chapter 9. iSCSI implementation


Publish Date
09 March 2009

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