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Vol. 1 No. 7 September 2002

Free of Fibre Channel baggage, firm builds IP SAN

For organizations with existing FC-SAN investments, the lure of IP storage may not be great, but for the Carlson Companies, the Minneapolis-based marketing, travel and hospitality giant, making the move from an all direct-attached storage (DAS) environment to a FC-SAN seemed like more trouble than it was worth. "We don't have any investment in Brocade, or Fibre Channel for that matter," says Gary Johnson, an architectural consultant with Carlson Shared Services, the company's global IT group, freeing them up to look at other ways to network storage. "What we really wanted to do is connect remote office storage over IP, so we can get data anywhere we need it in the world," says Johnson. And while it's possible to send FC data over long distances "if you're going more than 30 miles, you probably need to go to IP anyway," points out Mike Price, enterprise architect. Carlson's solution was to build an IP SAN using Nishan Systems' multiprotocol IPS 4000 switches and redundant Cisco 6509 Gigabit Ethernet switches to connect to the FC ...

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