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Vol. 2 No. 2 April 2003

Keep your SAN secure through zoning

In an effort to put storage area network (SAN) zoning in a common light, I've extracted a definition of zoning from the city planning offices of New York City. Because of its population densities, NYC zoning offices offers sophisticated methods for managing space on its land mass. And in principle, the concept of zoning land is much the same as zoning in a SAN, according to the following definition: "Through zoning, a city regulates building size, population density and the way the land is used and accessed. Zoning recognizes the changing demographic and economic conditions of the city and is a key tool for carrying out its planning policies." Although similar in principle and in practice, zoning in the SAN is different from city planning. SAN zoning is the act of partitioning Fibre Channel (FC) devices into management realms for the purpose of secured communication between an initiator and a target on a public SAN. Through zoning, each FC device becomes part of a community of devices that only respond to each other and the ...

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    by  Marc Farley

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  • Midrange or high end: what's right for you

    by  Jim Booth

    While the line is blurring, it's not gone. We look at what really differentiates high-end from midrange storage. And we look at the virtues of combining them.

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  • Is storage management software worth it?

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  • SATA drive challenges SCSI functionality

    When it comes to disk drives, suitability for enterprise or desktop applications has little to do with the interface, but with the drive's underlying mechanical platform.

  • Storage managers grapple with Windows

    by  David Braue

    The spread of Windows into ever-more serious applications and the growth of data on Windows servers means that more storage managers are attaching Windows hosts to their SANs. Along with that comes the need to decide whether Windows-based storage management software is the way to go.

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