Snapshot: Where do you store end-user files?


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1. In your organization, how much capacity do files take up?
2. Where are end-user files stored?
3. Where should files be stored?

If this month's survey is any indication, NAS head vendors have made little if no headway convincing storage administrators of the wisdom of putting a NAS gateway in front of the SAN. Among Storage magazine readers, almost no one (1%) has a NAS gateway in place, and few more (8%) see it as the preferred solutions. Instead, our readers opt for simplicity. The overwhelming majority of you store end-user files on

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a plain old file server, either configured with direct-attached disk, or connected on to the SAN. Why not NAS? As one reader put it, "We have both NAS and SAN, but we prefer the cost/performance of the SAN."

This was first published in February 2003

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