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Vol. 3 No. 6 August 2004

SAN switch smarts

Where should storage intelligence reside? Where is the best place to embed storage intelligence into the network? The following guidelines will help you decide: On The Switch. For environments with heterogeneous storage arrays and servers, minimal anticipated growth and a small team of administrators, placing storage intelligence on the switch makes sense. Products from smaller companies may be acceptable, but more established shops will probably want to consider products from EMC, IBM and Veritas as they become widely available. On an Appliance. Appliances make sense for heterogeneous array, server and switch environments where growth is dynamic and unpredictable. Appliances can fit into existing deployments without forklift upgrades. Larger shops new to this space may want to experiment with products from Candera, DataCore, FalconStor, Softek and Troika Networks. Once familiar with the technology, consider solutions from EMC, IBM or Veritas as they're more likely to fit into existing infrastructures with less disruption. No ...

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