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SAN and NAS (heads), together at last

NAS expert Randy Kerns responds to a reader who asked: I have recently heard of a solution that has a large SAN in place but is still making use of "NAS heads" in part of the solution as well. Are you familiar with this?

I have recently heard of a solution that has a large SAN in place but is still making use of "NAS heads" in part of the solution as well. Are you familiar with this?
Very, and it's a popular solution that is typically used to consolidate file servers into a centrally administered environment. Using a NAS gateway (sometimes called a NAS head) is a great way to leverage the current SAN and resource share the block there. Most of the major storage vendors have gateway offerings, which reflects this solution's popularity.
This was first published in March 2005
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