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Published: 29 Oct 2012

Four years ago, when business unit managers at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Financial Group in Toronto began to understand the advantages of networked storage, storage area network (SAN) deployments at the $15.5-billion multinational financial services company gained momentum faster than Lance Armstrong accelerating down the Alps. Putting its new gear to the test In 1999, officials at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) learned the hard way that compatibility testing is essential. The company set out to deploy its first storage area network (SAN), a tape SAN. Without first checking its tape vendor's compatibility matrix, RBC chose to use what Harold Durnford, the manager of systems-managed storage, now calls an "off-brand host bus adapter." But when Durnford's team attempted to put the shiny new SAN into production, it started experiencing throughput problems and frequent crashes. "We'd have a failure every couple of days," says Durnford. "It got to the point that we'd have scopes and tracers running constantly. The only solution turned out to be to change the ... Access >>>

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