Storage Area Networks Solutions (SAN)
A SAN is a network of storage devices (machines that contain nothing but a disk or disks for storing data) that are connected to each other and to a server, or cluster of servers, which act as an access point to the SAN. A SAN’s architecture works in a way that makes all storage devices available to all servers on a LAN or WAN. As storage devices are added to a SAN, they too will be accessible from any server in the larger network. In this case the server(s) act merely as a pathway between the end user and the stored data.
Making it possible for devices to communicate with each other on a separate network brings with it many advantages. Because stored data does not reside directly on any of a network’s servers, server power is utilized for business applications, and network capacity is released to the end user. Additional storage is easy and less expensive to install. Also consider, for instance, the ability to back up every piece of data on your network without having to “pollute” the standard network infrastructure with gigabytes of data. SANs are forecast to become the data storage technology of choice in the coming years. According to research company IDC, SANs will account for 70% of all network storage by 2004.
Convergent Solutions Group can help you analyze your network and storage needs to determine whether a SAN may be right for your situation. We have developed a detailed, customized assessment to aid you in that process. Our engineers and consultants have been authorized by Compaq StorageWorks and Xiotech to design and deliver their SAN solutions.