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Vol. 2 No. 5 July 2003

Virtual SANs put to the test

Virtual storage area networks (VSANs) are the latest tool available to storage administrators who need better ways of managing the equipment attached to increasingly massive storage arrays. At Australia's Deakin University, VSAN technology has become a major component of its ongoing effort to retire direct-attached storage (DAS) and centralize the school's immense data requirements onto a single SAN. Deakin's largest campus is located at Burwood, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Melbourne is a city of 3.5 million on Australia's southeast coast; it sits on the north shore of 25-mile-wide Port Phillip Bay. Approximately 11,000 students attend the Burwood campus and a smaller site in nearby Toorak. Other students attend smaller satellite campuses that are separated from the main campus by up to 200 miles; more than 12,500 other students are pursuing Deakin degrees via the Web. All told, Deakin served more than 30,000 students last year. Replicating over water Supporting such a large student body is no small task, particularly ...

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