A zone alias is a name assigned to a device or a group of devices. By creating an alias, you can assign a familiar name to one or more devices and refer to these devices by that name. Aliases simplify cumbersome data entry by allowing you to create an intuitive naming structure (such as using "NT_Hosts" to define all NT hosts in the fabric).
As a shortcut for zone members, zone aliases simplify the entry and tracking of zone objects that are defined by their WWNs. For example, you can use the name "Eng" as an alias for "10:00:00:80:33:3f:aa:11".
Naming zones for the initiator they contain can also be useful. For example, if you use the alias SRV_MAILSERVER_SLT5 to designate a mail server in PCI slot 5, then the alias for the associated zone is ZNE_MAILSERVER_SLT5. This kind of naming strategy clearly identifies the server host bus adapter (HBA associated with the zone).