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Vol. 3 No. 1 March 2004

Snapshot: Do You Boot From the SAN?

Do You Boot From the SAN? 1. Do you boot servers from the SAN? 2. Which platforms? 3. Why do you boot from the SAN? 4. Why don't you boot from the SAN? Booting off the storage area network (SAN) is surprisingly popular--39% of respondents. Furthermore, 38.6% of those who don't said that it was because they hadn't implemented it yet. But the news is not all good. Some say that their SAN isn't reliable enough to manage boot operations or that there are support considerations. Sometimes a server's boot image is out of a storage manager's hands. With all these issues, for many readers, the feeling about SAN boot seems to be, as one reader put it: "Why would I?"

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  • Tape type matters

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  • Slash SAN costs

    by  Marc Farley

    SANs are expensive if you operate them according to conventional wisdom. Find out how to break the vicious circle of high costs that limit the places you can use SANs.

  • How to get the best deal

    Take this crash course in bargaining for storage. Get the lowdown on effective tactics such as resisting vendor lock-in, working with multiple vendors and leveraging the second tier.

  • No SAS for Networked Storage

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