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Understanding networking hardware jargon

Khalil Ahmed
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Understanding networking hardware jargon

I am not a hardware person, but it seems more and more in my job I have to deal with hardware vendors who end up talking a language I do not understand. The environment I work in has switches, a variety of HP-UX servers networked via fibre, we have a SAN (EVA5000) as well. When I read any of the HP glossaries I see terms like Host Bus Adapter (HBA), LUNS, Controller Cards, 8 Port/16 Port Switches, NICs etc etc. Can anyone recommend an idiots guide (or guides) that will help someone like myself to get a basic understanding of what these things are and how their function in the big picture. Even if you could just simply recommend me a good book, alternatively a number of easy to understand white papers.



PS: I wasn't certain which forun to post this message too, so you may see it appear in more than one forum.
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Re: Understanding networking hardware jargon

1. "Computer Networks", Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-038488-7

2. "Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 15th Edition", Scott Mueller, QUE, ISBN 0-78-972974-1

Also see this Website: http://www.upgradingandrepairingpcs.com/

3. Web resources (search "computers for beginners", "networking for beginners" or "networks for dummies" in Google):





Stuart Teo
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Re: Understanding networking hardware jargon


www.google.com can probably answer most of your questions. :)
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John Collier
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Re: Understanding networking hardware jargon


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