|Storage Area Networks|
A storage area network (SAN) is a high-speed, fibre channel, special-purpose network that interconnects different kinds of data storage devices (such as disk arrays, tape libraries, and optical jukeboxes) with associated data servers, in such a way that the devices appear as locally attached to the operating system. Typically, a storage area network is part of the overall network of computing resources for an enterprise. A storage area network is usually clustered in close proximity to other computing resources but may also extend to remote locations for backup and archival storage.
Common uses of a SAN include provision of transactionally accessed data that require high-speed block-level access to the hard drives such as email servers, databases, and high usage file servers.
For over a decade, the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) has provided storage interconnectivity for Local Area Networks (LANs).
Bandwidth and Storage Area Network
Bandwidth is the capacity of your network to deliver data to its users. A network with a high bandwidth will be able to serve data to many users simultaneously. Where bandwidth is insufficient to cope with this demand, downtime will be experienced.
By operating as a self-contained network, a SAN also removes performance bottlenecks from the LAN. As a SAN focuses solely on the management and provision of data, availability and fault tolerance are also excellent.
Scalability and Storage Area Networks
Scalability is the ability of your system to respond to unexpected and predicted growth in data volumes and provision of that data.
Integration of a Storage Area Network Solution
Prior to Storage Area Network (SAN), the management of a variety of storage and backup media has been complicated. Whether hard drives, tape drives, or indeed any other media - it can be incorporated into a SAN.
The Storage Area Network (SAN) is driving down the cost of storing data, eliminating the need for costly SCSI systems. A network dedicated to your storage requirements; it offers significant gains in bandwidth, scalability, integration and stability.
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