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Vol. 1 No. 11 January 2003

The networked storage project: moving ahead

Last month, I wrote about the rationale behind implementing a storage area network (SAN) for an e-mail system (see "The networked storage project: getting started,"). In the not-so-distant past it might have been unusual to see a SAN used for an e-mail system, but today things are different. Users routinely include multimegabyte file attachments with their e-mails. In addition, users expect their old e-mails to be available - attachments and all - for something close to forever. All of this means that modest storage requirements of yesterday's e-mail systems are history. Modern e-mail systems need robust storage capacity and typically, that means a SAN. In part one, I also discussed how our team selected the SAN vendor (Dell/EMC), determined the operating system (NetWare 6.0) and worked through the myriad of considerations that went into the SAN design. In this installment, you'll find out about the various implementation issues we encountered as WVU's Network Services team took the GroupWise SAN system from a design concept to ...

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