|Storage Area Network (SAN)|
Additional benefits of moving to a SAN infrastructure include increased disk utilization (the available storage capacity is shared and storage can be augmented or reallocated easily), reduced data center/rack floor space, reduced power consumption, reduced storage maintenance costs, and improved protection of critical data.
SANs also provide improved data availability enabling data from the common storage pool to me mirrored or replicated over high-speed networks and efficiently migrated. With a SAN it is possible to implement advanced (faster and more efficient) backup schemes including serverless backup. With replication technologies it is possible to replicate data off-site to a DR (Disaster Recovery) location and archive the data at the remote site to tape/optical/other storage media.
Because SAN storage appears as local storage to servers, it uses block storage protocols that are more efficient than file level protocols. With SANs, expanding storage to keep up with data growth is as simple and economical as purchasing a disk array or adding drives to an existing array.
|Storage and SAN's
Storage Area Network
|Backup Hardware / Software|
|Virtual Tape Libraries|
|Archiving - Email and File|
|Uninterruptible Power Supplies|
|CD / DVD Duplication|