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CSG, Xiotech Partner to Provide SAN Solutions!

Financial success in today’s competitive business climate requires focus on employee productivity, knowledge management, and fiscal performance. Easy access to information can give an organization the competitive edge it needs to survive, let alone thrive. But how do you manage that perpetually changing base of data? A Storage Area Network (SAN) may provide the solution to your storage challenges!

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 and Xiotech have formed a partnership to provide enterprise-class network storage solutions. Xiotech is a Twin Cities-based Seagate Company designing and manufacturing SANs. The unified strength of their MAGNITUDE hardware Platform and REDI Software provide a seamless and powerful entry into a SAN solution. Together we have installed several SAN solutions and the customers who have made this investment have found that investment to be a sound one.

Convergent Solutions Group has developed a SAN Assessment that will provide a customized report on whether a SAN will benefit your organization. Call us or e-mail us for more details.

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