SAN

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.




Articles

IBM Intros PowerLinux 7R4 Server for Analytics and Cloud

IBM announced the addition of a new PowerLinux server for analytics and cloud computing workloads. More >

Windows 8: Something for Everyone

It's the most important release from Microsoft in years, so perhaps not surprisingly, Windows 8 has a little something for everyone, from mobile and desktop users to server and storage pros. More >

The Virtual/Cloud Latency Effect: Enterprises Struggle with Long-Distance Data Relationships

One of the larger unknowns about both cloud and virtual technology is how big an impact it will have on existing physical data center infrastructure and the data environments they support.   More >

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Interviews

Flash Memory and Storage Area Networks: Happy Together

Arthur Cole spoke with Barry Ader, senior director of Flash product management/marketing, EMC.   To hear Flash memory backers tell it, the SAN is on the way out. Why bother with all that More >

Server-side Flash: The New Storage Architecture?

Arthur Cole spoke with Gary Orenstein, vice president of products, Fusion-io.   What does the future hold for the SAN? In many organizations, it has become a trusted component of the data More >

SSDs for the New Data Super Highway

Arthur Cole spoke with Scott Stetzer, vice president of technical marketing, STEC, Inc.   SSDs continue to increase capacity, endurance and other critical attributes, leading many to believe More >

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