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Vol. 2 No. 9 November 2003

Expanding SANs: How to scale today's storage networks

With hundreds of hosts on their SAN, Merrill Lynch's Jerry Curtis and Max Riggsbee will hit the wall soon. How can you scale today's storage networks? Also, learn about growth models for SANs, integrating SAN islands and the best finds for scaling.

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Features in this issue

  • Defragmenting Disks Falls by the Wayside

    The deal on disk fragmenting

  • Too many SAN islands

    by  Jeff Moad

    One of the main challenges to growing SANs is the proliferation of independent SAN islands. We look at how and why a multinational financial services company consolidated many islands into larger ones, but stopped short of a single, unified SAN.

  • Sane strategies for SAN growth

    What's the right way to design storage networks for growth? There's no simple answer to that question, but understanding the implications of storage- or network-centric approaches will help you make the right choices.

  • New directions for switches

    With all of the recent acquisitions and new partnerships forming this year, finding the right Fibre Channel switch for you is even more confusing. This article will help you chose the right one.

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