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Vol. 1 No. 8 October 2002

Analyzers bulk up for storage

With the advent of storage area networks (SANs) and higher bandwidths, data analysis tools are struggling to keep pace with the sheer magnitude of data. Operations are taking longer and hardware costs are increasing. The reason? Huge bandwidth increases and the growing complexities of storage networks. Just a few years ago, bandwidth was measured in MB/s. Today the norm is 2GB/s, with higher bandwidths on the way. Another factor is the inherent complexities of storage networks, which occurred when Fibre Channel (FC) SANs arrived. Devices are farther apart and are connected through many ports, making the problems encountered harder to find. As a result, storage analysis tool vendors are scrambling to kick their products up a notch or two. Network complexity support matrix This is how different analyzers handle higher speeds and network complexity challenges. VENDOR PHYSICAL LAYER PROTOCOLS SUPPORTED MULTIPROTOCOL INTEGRATED VIEWING MULTIPORT COUNTS TIME SYNC MULTIPORT TRIGGERING MULITPORT VIEWING AND CONTROL Ancot FC N/A 16 Y Y Y...

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