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Vol. 1 No. 11 January 2003

San pioneer: start small, but smart

Four tips for SAN scaling 1. Even if you only have a few switches and arrays, make sure they're connected in a way that can scale. Daisy chain at your own risk. 2. Your SAN is only as good as your backup capability. 3. Invest in the physical plant (cable trays, racks, etc.) to make expansion easy. 4. Get good management tools in place as soon as possible. Building your first storage area network (SAN) may seem like the biggest hurdle to realizing the benefits of storage networking, but if you don't build it correctly, you may find that scaling your SAN infrastructure is even more difficult. That's what we learned at Intuit Inc. when we decided to implement a SAN three years ago. With business requirements and storage doubling - sometimes tripling - every year, the advantages of achieving greater storage resource utilization through centralization, consolidation and availability were incentive enough to go ahead and be one of the early adopters of SAN technology. As our SANs grew from around 20TB, 128 ports and 60 DLT tape drives...

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