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Vol. 4 No. 10 December 2005

The next phase of storage networking

Looking back at 2005, storage networking has come a long way. If you're typical of many storage managers, some subtle, yet significant, changes have occurred in your organization. Your SANs may still be confined to the data center, but they're increasingly connected to other locations, be they server rooms in the same building, other data centers or that branch office in Des Moines. And they're not just replicas of your old DAS stovepipes anymore. Fewer, larger SANs seem to be the order of the day. Along with that comes a diversity of hosts and attached devices. Once there were just a few big Unix application servers and a big tape library or two; now there's Unix, mainframe, Windows, Linux and who knows what. The applications now probably include e-mail and, increasingly, a layer of important but not necessarily revenue-generating applications. OK, maybe they're not on top-tier storage or Fibre Channel either, but that's part of the story. Whether it's IP SAN, a NAS head or full-blown NAS, that's part of today's picture, too. ...

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