NAS when you can, SAN where you must

NAS when you can, SAN where you must
Mounir Elmously

Faced by application requirements and vendors' sales, all CIOs and IT managers have no way out from storage pooling. NAS or SAN, which one is the best fit for my environment?

Traditional networking has been there for more than 15 years. It is mature and I already have expertise. SAN? I am still building my team and they still have their learning curve. So the decision should be when the application permits, use NAS. Wherever NAS is not a good fit, SAN "must" be used.

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This was first published in March 2001

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