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Vol. 1 No. 6 August 2002

Managing a SAN the old-fashioned way

For all of the hype about virtualization, policy-based management and automated control of the storage network, few solutions available today can actually be deployed, and few of those offer truly seamless allocation and management of storage. In practice, most users are limited to the basic access control built into their switch and storage hardware. To paraphrase a once-popular bumper sticker, storage managers do it the old-fashioned way. They manage SANs by LUN masking on storage arrays, LUN masking/access control on a host and switch-based zoning in the fabric. Novice users who first start exploring SANs often believe they can simply buy off-the-shelf components, plug them in and instantly have a network which they can easily share and reallocate storage on. In this idealworld, users could automatically share files and directories between servers with no conflicts, and would easily be able to share files across platforms. Users would also be able to create new storage and share it among servers connected to the SAN - all ...

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