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A few years ago (and this may come as little surprise to readers of this column), I was fired by a publication for something I had written. As I recall, the piece was entitled “Time for a SAN Report Card” and I wrote it for a competing publication’s microsite that supported the efforts of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), the industry consortium of storage vendors.

I noted in the piece the inconvenient truth about Fibre Channel storage-area networks (SANs); that they weren’t networks at all, unless you were willing to go along with the industry marketecture that basically held that SANs were networks “because we say they are.” Last year, I ran into a speaker in a hallway at Storage Decisions who told me he was helping folks understand the limits of SANs, noting that while he had disagreed with me at the time when I observed that SANs weren’t networks, just a channel fabric, many of the problems that folks are having today related directly to that fundamental truth.

I guess I should have been pleased by the validation, at long last. But I actually paid it little attention. It was yesterday’s issue, and I have long since gotten over the “pain” of having been so universally panned by SNIA and its minions for my “iconoclasm.”

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This was first published in August 2012

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