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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.
This was first published in February 2004