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Vol. 2 No. 1 March 2003

Tap the SAN for File Storage

Used to be, if you wanted to give users a central place to store files, you had two options: put them on a generic file server, or on a network-attached storage (NAS) device. But as companies build out more storage area networks (SANs), many storage administrators are clamoring for ways to store user files on that big, fast, centralized and highly reliable SAN storage. Certainly, the simplest way to tap your SAN for file storage is to put a NAS "head" or gateway in front of it. Under that scenario, the NAS head is assigned its own LUN on the SAN device as its dedicated disk supply. In the enterprise space, examples of NAS heads include EMC's Celerra, NetApp's gateway into HDS storage, and Auspex's NSc3000. IBM, Dell, and Snap Appliance all offer departmental and workgroup-class NAS gateways. This January, NAS start-up Spinnaker Networks also started selling a NAS gateway, the SpinServer 3300G, under customer pressure for a version of its flagship SpinServer 3300 for a product that could use pre-existing SAN disk resources. In ...

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Features in this issue

  • Tap the SAN for File Storage

    Used to be, if you wanted to give users a central place to store files, you had two options: put them on a generic file server, or on a NAS device.

  • Sony Joins Super Drive Game

    The market for super drives is alive and kicking, according to a recent report from Freeman Reports, with unit shipments more than doubling from 2001 to 2002.

  • Symmetrix DMX: Is it Hot or Not?

    The year is still young, but EMC's Symmetrix DMX announcement is arguably 2003's biggest storage story.

  • Firm Sees the Storage Automation Light

    Many IT people are on the fence about automated storage management, but at Allegra Systems in Piscataway, NJ, there's no doubt that automatic file migration software has cut down on the IT staff's workload.

  • Make HSM work for open systems

    by  Ed Palmer

    Translating this time-honored mainframe concept to open systems requires a completely different approach.

  • Backup exec gets big boost

    Version 9.0 has a surprising number of features that enable it to work with newer storage technologies.

  • Surveillance Gradually Going Digital

    Security-conscious companies who started out using analog videotapes, are gradually making the switch to digital, offloading to digital tape and occasionally, cheap ATA disk.

  • Ease backup pain

    OK, maybe there's no cure, but a variety of bandages and pills can help. We look at the major backup packages and analyze what each does best.

  • Bring DBAs into the SAN era

    You may not want DBAs poking around inside your fabric, but the more they understand about SANs, the better they'll be.

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