When setting up a SAN, zoning is an important aspect to consider. It lets you allocate specific resources to specific groups, helps keep your data secure and lets you have multiple operating systems coexisting on the same SAN. But there are several ways to accomplish zoning and it's not always easy to know which method is best. There's hard zoning, soft zoning, port zoning, WWN zoning, etc. Given these murky waters, it can be tough for today's administrator to troubleshoot zoning problems and pinpoint the best methods for carving up SAN territory.
To help you get further along the road with your own SAN implementation, we've collected a wealth of expert zoning advice for you. This Crash Course provides details that can help you learn about zoning methods or troubleshoot your own installation.
The idea behind zoning is to allow certain users to access or talk to other devices on a network. These articles offer detailed information about the intricacies of zoning, how it works, and how you can best solve your problems using zoning -- in a small or large environment.
Zoning for all: large or small
Management made simple for your heterogenous environment
Zoning lets certain devices access the right storage and applications and it can also deny them access to other storage devices and applications. In addition, it lets you run multiple operating systems, applications and devices across the same network. Below are tips to help you implement zoning in your heterogeneous storage environment.
For safety's sake
Another common reason for zoning is to keep your SAN -- and all of your data -- secure. By allowing or denying access to certain areas of your SAN, zoning provides an additional layer of security. What's more, it can also help eliminate a single point of failure in your storage environment. Here are commonly asked questions and answers about zoning for the purposes of providing protection.