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Vol. 2 No. 7 September 2003

SAN/NAS convergence: proceed with caution

Until recently, technological and other barriers have kept the file and block storage worlds separate out on the network, with each in its own management domain and each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Many storage managers view block storage as the gold standard, with all of the bells and whistles, and view file storage a poor stepchild. Given the prevalence of business-critical databases housed on storage area networks (SANs), that's understandable. How hybrid systems work In a converged environment, NAS gateways sit alongside block-savvy application servers to enable access to back-end SAN storage. But companies that opt for a multivendor solution often struggle to find a mix of products that will work well together. Now, a slew of vendors are angling to improve large-scale file storage by drawing these two worlds together. Now that SANs are more common, the benefits of deploying network-attached storage (NAS) primarily as a file interface to the SAN are tantalizing. With a hybrid SAN-NAS solution, companies can ...

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