As one of the most widely deployed types of storage among enterprises, the list of SAN array vendors and the models they manufacture can seem endless. Whether you've purchased a SAN before or this is your first foray into enterprise storage, finding a jumping off point can be a daunting task.
This SAN basics buying guide will help you to determine if a SAN fits your needs, or if NAS or DAS might better suit your business goals. If a SAN does make the most sense for your environment, you then need to consider how the array is architected, the data protection features you require, and your compute and capacity requirements. Once you've narrowed down your needs, you can compare the various arrays against each other.
1Buying a SAN-
Three steps to securing the right SAN
The following articles provide expert advice on the different stages involved in evaluating networked storage options. Start with SAN basics to understand how the technology compares to other types of storage, and then move on to consider all the features a SAN offers to determine the ones that are the most essential to your business. The result: The knowledge to compare SAN vendors against each other.
This article outlines the areas to consider when comparing products in the SAN market. You'll discover why capacity, data protection and networking, among other areas, are so important. Continue Reading
2SAN system options-
Overview of popular SAN product offerings
A complete directory of the SAN options available on the market today would span pages. To get you started with your search, we offer a short list of some of the most widely used arrays on the market complete with product capacity and other feature descriptions.