• SCSI (Small Computer System Interface)

    Definition: Learn what the SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) is, what part it played in the history of personal computing and how it is used today.

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    Definition: Learn what a storage area network (SAN) is, what the three components of a SAN are and why iSCSI has made SAN management easier.

  • IBM Fellow: SAN to change with influx of flash, cloud

    IBM Fellow, CTO and strategist Andrew Walls says the company must continuously 're-invent the SAN' with the influx of flash, cloud and software-defined 'elastic' storage.

  • LUN management

    LUN management is the process of assigning, provisioning and overseeing logical unit numbers (LUNs) across a storage environment.

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About SAN management

SAN management and administration of storage area networks includes information on RAID configuration, capacity management, SAN performance, troubleshooting and more.