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Vol. 2 No. 12 February 2004

Snapshot: How is Your SAN Architected?

Do You Store Any Databases On NAS? How many SAN fabrics does your company have? What network architecture are you using? Among Storage magazine readers, there is no one dominant way to configure your storage area network (SAN). While the overwhelming majority of respondents (73%) have multiple fabrics, there is no consensus on the right way to deploy a SAN. In more or less equal measures, respondents reported that they use small fabric switches, large director-class switches, the core/edge model and multiple small switches connected together. From user comments, we were able to detect a certain amount of interest by readers in moving to a core/edge architecture, or consolidating smaller switches into a single larger director. One reader reports that having multiple fabrics "is a pain to manage. Each fabric is an architecture in itself and is managed the same way."

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Features in this issue

  • Rein in e-mail storage

    With new government regulations and users' gigantic e-mail attachments, new approaches for storing e-mail are called for.

  • Remote DR: faster, farther and cheaper

    Post-Sept. 11, you need to consider disaster sites that are geographically distant from your main data centers. Remote replication software, IP storage and new techniques for long-term storage are changing the DR distance equation.

  • 4 Gb Fibre Channel: Everyone's On Board

    Four-gigabit Fibre Channel is a reality.

  • Is storage certification worth it?

    by  Susan J. Marks

    If you're thinking about advancing your career by becoming certified in a particular storage skill, read this article to help you decide if certification is worth your time and money.

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