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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Can you imagine a storage area network (SAN) so simple to deploy and maintain that a branch office manager, secretary or--heaven forbid--even an executive VP could have it up and running within minutes? Of course, it would have to deliver basic SAN functionality, such as allowing multiple servers to share a storage pool with some level of reliability and manageability. And while you're at it, imagine it being inexpensive, too. Say, $13, $14 or $16 per gigabyte for the whole thing--disk, SAN management software and network connections. The makers of a variety of small, self-contained SAN products, sometimes called "SAN-in-a-box," believe they're delivering that kind of bulletproof, anybody-can-deploy-it SAN. The products differ: some sport Fibre Channel (FC) ports, a few are strictly iSCSI, some use SATA arrays, while others don't care what kind of disks inhabit the storage array. There's also another class of array products that are not exactly "in a box," but are extremely easy to deploy. What they have in common is a relatively low price tag, easy ... Access >>>

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