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Published: 16 Oct 2012

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 were originally designed to ... Access >>>

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