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Vol. 1 No. 9 November 2002

Storage Manager Profile

NAS vs. SAN? Who Cares? When it comes to choosing a storage architecture, Joe Mayer, director of the technology center at managed service provider Access Data in Pittsburgh, PA, has the same philosophy as a lot of his peers: "SAN vs. NAS? Personally, I really don't care." What Mayer does care about though, is cost, availability and performance. These were the things he took into consideration last year when he set out to replace his direct- attached storage environment with a networked storage solution. Access Data, according to Mayer, had "a classic problem:" 3TB of disk space distributed across its servers, with only 300GB actually being used. One server, Mayer recalls, had four of its six disks completely unused. "When I asked the administrator why, he told me 'Dell was having a sale.'" Ultimately, Mayer purchased a SpinServer NAS server from newcomer Spinnaker Networks, which he selected for its HA features, and for the ease with which it allows him to expand his system. In its final form, AccessData will install a 4TB ...

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