Discussion 5.2.docx - Analyze the reasons for the introduction of storage area networks and their properties Share what you found with the class Ans The

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Analyze the reasons for the introduction of storage area networks and their properties. Share what you found with the class. Ans: The fact is that corporate enterprise systems are diverse, comprised of mainframes, midrange systems, and popular open systems such as Windows NT and UNIX. Each kind of server has its own kind of storage systems, creating in effect islands of information. These islands are becoming more and more densely populated, growing rapidly (as much as 50 percent a year). By sheer weight, all have become critical, whether or not they were originally designed for mission-critical applications. The cost of growing these diverse storage resources and maintaining them with the same or shrinking IT staffs is a major problem. SANs solve those problems. The SAN acts like a high-speed subnet that establishes a direct connection between storage resources and servers. It presents a new infrastructure that liberates the storage

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