A Storage Area Network, or SAN, is a high-speed network of servers and other devices devoted specifically to data storage. Given the need for high performance in SANs, they often employ the most advanced networking technology, such as Fibre Channel or 10G Ethernet, and often have custom file systems that allow file sharing in heterogeneous OS environments. SANs are sometimes used in conjunction with supercomputers, but also can be viewed by an associated network of users as a single storage resource.
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