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Published: 16 Oct 2012

In an effort to put storage area network (SAN) zoning in a common light, I've extracted a definition of zoning from the city planning offices of New York City. Because of its population densities, NYC zoning offices offers sophisticated methods for managing space on its land mass. And in principle, the concept of zoning land is much the same as zoning in a SAN, according to the following definition: "Through zoning, a city regulates building size, population density and the way the land is used and accessed. Zoning recognizes the changing demographic and economic conditions of the city and is a key tool for carrying out its planning policies." Although similar in principle and in practice, zoning in the SAN is different from city planning. SAN zoning is the act of partitioning Fibre Channel (FC) devices into management realms for the purpose of secured communication between an initiator and a target on a public SAN. Through zoning, each FC device becomes part of a community of devices that only respond to each other and the management interfaces of the ... Access >>>

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