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Vol. 4 No. 6 August 2005

Snapshot: Multiple SAN fabrics common

If there was ever any doubt, let it be put to rest: SANs are well established among Storage readers. While the percentage of respondents who have no SAN infrastructure is in the single digits, 26% have one SAN fabric in place, while a whopping 68% have multiple SAN fabrics. Furthermore, the number of hosts (servers) taking advantage of SAN resources is high. Of the respondents with SANs, everyone has at least two hosts sharing the SAN storage resources, and a majority (53%) have 21 or more SAN-attached servers. How many SAN fabrics do you have? How many SAN-attached-storage devices (e.g. disk array, tape library) do you have? How many SAN-attached hosts (servers) do you have?

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Features in this issue

  • Bridging the gap

    Many disaster recovery and remote backup programs rely on an efficient, cost-effective WAN. Fiber-optic network technology is often required for long-distance data transmission, but you need to know what transport is best and the related implementation issues.

  • Monolithic going modular

    Monolithic systems go modular

  • DR testing infrequent at best

    Have you tested your DR plan?

  • Storage for manufacturing

    Manufacturing environments typically have different storage requirements than corporate apps, and have to deal with globally dispersed design teams as well as growing regulatory concerns. Here's how several prominent manufacturers have met the challenge.

  • New tools to classify data

    by  Brad O'Neill

    Putting data on storage systems appropriate to its value requires the ability to classify data. An emerging category of applications, Information Classification and Management apps, can index enterprise information and execute precise actions based on its content.

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