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  • data center bridging (DCB)

    Data center bridging (DCB) describes the four technology enhancements to existing 802.1 bridge specifications standards being developed by the IEEE 802.1 Data Center Bridging Task Group. 

  • converged network adapter (CNA)

    A converged network adapter (CNA) is a single network interface card (NIC) that contains both a Fibre Channel (FC) host bus adapter (HBA) and a TCP/IP Ethernet NIC. 

  • Virtual Instruments improves SAN monitoring probe, software

    Virtual Instruments revamps its SAN monitoring probe offerings to include new VirtualWisdom software as CEO says the company is on track for IPO. 

  • HP launches new 3PAR storage array, federated storage

    HP brings out a new high-end 3PAR storage platform and adds Peer Motion federated storage, which lets customers non-disruptively migrate data between 3PAR arrays. 

  • Unified storage systems showdown: NetApp FAS vs. EMC VNX

    We compare EMC's VNX and NetApp's FAS series unified storage systems in terms of data services, autotiering and clustering. Find out what analysts and vendor reps think. 

  • Should you bypass the hypervisor for storage I/O?

    Passing storage I/O through a hypervisor can seem inefficient, so does it make sense to bypass the hypervisor and allow virtual machines to mount data storage directly? 

  • HP upgrades EVA midrange SAN array, launches virtualization bundles

    HP launches long-awaited EVA midrange SAN array upgrade; adds integrated storage-server-networking stacks to take on EMC Vblock; rolls out new Windows-based NAS. 

  • virtual LUN or thin LUN

    A virtual LUN (virtual logical unit number) is a representation of a storage area that is not tied to any physical storage allocation. Virtual LUNs are used in thin provisioning (also known as virtual provisioning) for storage area network (SAN) mana... 

  • SAN booting alternatives for data storage managers

    SAN booting and server virtualization are fueling the trend toward diskless servers. Learn about the move from internal to external storage, as well as other booting alternatives. 

  • logical unit number (LUN)

    A logical unit number (LUN) is a unique identifier used to differentiate separate devices (each of which is a logical unit) as addressed by a SCSI, iSCSI or Fibre Channel (FC) protocol.