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This article is part of the Vol. 3 No. 12 February 2005 issue of Storage managers reveal details on tape reliability
When IBM discontinued support for direct-attached Serial Storage Architecture (SSA) disks in its Unix RS/6000 (pSeries) servers a few years ago, directory database services provider LSSi Corp., Edison, NJ, was forced to take the plunge into storage area network (SAN) storage. That was much to the dismay of Mike McLendon, LSSi's director of technology. "I was really dreading introducing a new technology," McLendon recalls. A year ago, McLendon still had his doubts about the SAN, which comprised 30TB across several IBM FAStT900s. "The jury is still out as the systems are new, but we'll know more by the end of 2004 if the SAN is a win, draw or loss," he wrote at that time. By the end of 2004, however, McLendon was feeling more upbeat about the company's decision to go down the SAN path. Here are a few things McLendon specifically likes about the SAN: The incremental cost of adding additional storage is less expensive with the SAN than it was in a direct-attached environment. Adding additional storage capacity is much easier. "We don't have to stop any processes... Access >>>
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