Snapshot: Do You Boot From the SAN?


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Do You Boot From the SAN?

1. Do you boot servers from the SAN?
2. Which platforms?
3. Why do you boot from the SAN?
4. Why don't you boot from the SAN?

Booting off the storage area network (SAN) is surprisingly popular--39% of respondents. Furthermore,

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38.6% of those who don't said that it was because they hadn't implemented it yet. But the news is not all good. Some say that their SAN isn't reliable enough to manage boot operations or that there are support considerations. Sometimes a server's boot image is out of a storage manager's hands. With all these issues, for many readers, the feeling about SAN boot seems to be, as one reader put it: "Why would I?"

This was first published in March 2004

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