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What do you think about SAN-in-a-box?

What do you think about having a "scaled down" SAN or a "SAN-in-a-box" implementation for a small server group (three to six servers)? I was told that there are several vendors are either working on or currently offer the solution. They claimed that they would bring the SAN to small and medium-sized businesses and simplify the configuration, setup and operation of storage.

Do you believe that those solutions offer value for SMBs like mine?

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Yes, there is great value in these scaled down SAN offerings, when you need to do consolidation of storage and more effectively deploy additional capacity. The key is how simple is they are. A complicated solution that allows for many things you would never use may require too much training and create opportunities for errors. A simple solution is sometimes best.

This was first published in January 2005

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