Building a SAN from A to Z

You touted the benefits of a storage area network (SAN) to upper management and finally received the funding to invest. You're looking forward to an any-to-any relationship between storage and computers on the network, enabling you to block access to data, increase data access speed and bandwidth scalability, implement redundancy schemes, perform server-free backups, and do all of this and more over distance.

But your work is far from done. Now you have to put that money to task and design a SAN to fit your needs.

To begin architecting your SAN, a variety of elements need to be considered: How large a SAN can or should you build? What overriding framework will you use to manage the SAN? Which type of switch and HBA driver is best for your environment? Should you consider a SAN/NAS hybrid?

To help answer these and other SAN architecture questions, we've compiled the following collection of expert advice, tips and white papers.

SearchStorage.com technical advice on SAN architectures...

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