Storage Smarts Answer #28: Solid-state

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There are six S's to SAN, according to Scott Drummond, IBM's storage networking program director. Which of the following is not one of them?
a. servers
b. software
c. storage
d. solid-state
e. SAN fabric

Were you correct? This week's answer is:
d. solid-state

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The six S's to SAN, according to IBM's Scott Drummond:
1. servers
2. SAN fabric
3. storage
4. services
5. software
6. storage virtualization engine (SVE) defines a SAN (storage area network) as a high-speed special-purpose network (or subnetwork) that interconnects different kinds of data storage devices with associated data servers on behalf of a larger network of users. Typically, a storage area network is part of the overall network of computing resources for an enterprise. A storage area network is usually clustered in close proximity to other computing resources such as IBM S/390 mainframes but may also extend to remote locations for backup and archival storage, using wide area network carrier technologies such as asynchronous transfer mode or Synchronous Optical Networks.

For more information:

The principle benefits of moving to a SAN

How big is the SAN market?

What to do when installing a SAN

How to tell your NAS from your SAN

Troubleshooting complex SAN environments

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This was last published in September 2002

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