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What else should people consider when thinking about NAS?
I want to talk to the SAN-centric folks out there; the ones that don't have any NAS [network attached storage] to speak about. SAN [storage area network] environments actually have tons of file data stored on their Tier 1 storage and secondary storage, even though it's all iSCSI or Fibre Channel based. And, all of those file servers in the organization are essentially NAS systems -- single file servers talking in a NAS protocol. You can consolidate those systems using virtual server technology, NAS systems or virtual NAS or FAN [file area nework] systems, but many SAN folks aren't even thinking about that today. NAS and FAN products are being sold to NAS users, but rarely are they being marketed to file server environments.
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18 Jul 2007