This paper will define and compare the storage area networks (SAN) with network-attached storage (NAS) as well as a historical perspective of directly-attached storage (DAS). Some of the benefits associated with establishing a network storage system will also be identified. This paper will identify some of the general characteristics of SAN architecture and protocols, such as Fibre Channel and iSCSI.
The storage strategy for your organization is dictated by many factors: the nature of the documents and files you need to store, the file usage patterns required to support your business operations, the scope and scale of your business and your infrastructure, and of course, your IT budget. The budgetary factor encompasses not only equipment costs, but also maintenance and management costs. You need to ensure that your business has access to the documents they need when they need them in a way that is flexible, scalable and straightforward to operate and manage.
Today's workers want faster computing speeds and more storage, management wants it all under budget, and IT professionals are scrambling to save money and improve productivity. The tools of choice to achieve these goals are typically virtualization, cloud computing and data center consolidation, but IT may be overlooking a simple but effective fix: storage area network (SAN) and local area network (LAN) convergence.
The more consumer NAND flash that is purchased, the lower the overall price of flash products, even in the data center.
Dell's new appliance combines SAN and NAS.
Brocade CEO Michael Klayko sees a long road ahead for cloud computing.
Dataram has upgraded its caching appliance with high-availability functionality along with improvements in SAN performance.
Traditional storage servers are already breaking under current information loads. With digital information expected to grow to 35 zettabytes by 2020, a more robust solution in the form unified storage which consolidates NAS appliances and SANs has become necessary.
There are always questions for SMBS as to which SAN technology is better. Is it Fibre Channel or iSCSI? This article explains what to expect from Fibre Channel SAN.
The National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning makes use of Pillar Data System's SAN disk array and InMage System's disaster recovery software to make ticket sales more efficient.