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This article is part of the Vol. 1 No. 5 July 2002 issue of Overview of top tape backup options for midrange systems and networking segments
From switch and storage makers to software companies and end users, it seems everyone is building their own interoperability lab. Stocked with the latest storage networking hardware and software, these labs are being used by manufacturers to help advance interoperability between equipment, and by end users to guarantee that their storage area network (SAN) configurations will work reliably. Interoperability labs are rapidly becoming a requirement for any organization that's trying to put their own SAN together. So, why now all the focus on creating interoperability labs? Some clear reasons for this trend include the increasing complexity of SAN configurations, continuing development of SAN standards and the increasing familiarity of users creating their own network configurations. As SANs have become accepted as the right way to build data center networks, there's now a greater mix of storage vendors, operating systems, switches, host bus adapters (HBAs) and other equipment that must work with each other - and as advertised. The size of storage networks is ... Access >>>
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