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Vol. 2 No. 5 July 2003

CAD for SANs

Designing a large storage area network (SAN) fabric is a complex job. Overprovisioning a SAN will run up the costs substantially, and an underperforming SAN can be equally costly. SAN design tools from Computer Associates, EMC, Hewlett-Packard and other companies are starting to appear, and these products can take some of the guesswork out of constructing a well-tuned SAN. "As users move to heterogeneous, fabric-attached storage environments, the complexity of managing the increasingly diverse number of devices and the associated levels of software versions increases the effort required to define a solid design and to test the impact of any change," says Carolyn DiCenzo, research VP of storage management software, at Gartner Inc. "There is clearly a need for software to automate this effort, supporting the design and reducing the risk as changes are made to the environment." What to look for in a SAN design tool Does it work with all manufacturers' components or only a limited set? Some storage area network (SAN) design programs...

Features in this issue

  • Close the IM Loophole

    NYSE sends message about instant messages

  • Roll Your Own NAS

    Is building your own NAS better?

  • Taming HBAs

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Installing, configuring and maintaining Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) is the bane of many SAN administrators. Thankfully, these new cards offer better management tools.

  • Creating a large e-mail system

    by  Jim Booth

    Here's how one storage team transformed a monolithic storage design into a flexible, scalable system.

  • IP SANs take their place

    There's a growing interest in using IP for storage in small to midsized enterprises, although Fibre Channel is still dominant in large organizations. What's right for you: IP, FC or a combination of both?

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