RAID Storage–Exploring All Channels
If maximizing RAID storage power and strengthening server support sound promising, surf the fibre channel— the next tech wave to boost the potential of RAID.
BY MARIE RANOIA ALONSO
Imagine that you’re on a tight deadline to finish a four-color project—a high-end, 110-page catalog featuring automotive accessories for a popular sports utility vehicle dealer. It is 8 p.m. on Tuesday. All is going well. Images have been scanned and the project is almost done being pushed through the prepress department.
Working late and feeling benevolent, you decide to order pizza for your night shift, kick back, send a few long overdue e-mail responses to colleagues and review some monthly bookkeeping, as well as scan through resumes in your search to hire another salesperson.
Life is good.
But, suddenly, your server goes down. Your prepress manager can’t access the information located on that server to finish the automotive accessories catalog. The job is due Thursday morning, bright and early. And the client doesn’t have a sense of humor.
You quickly forget about pizza. Unless, of course, you have implemented a Storage Area Network (SAN). This new solution is similar to a local area network (LAN), only it is ideal for connecting storage devices to multiple PCs and servers.
|What Is a SAN?
Based on fibre channel, the SAN is a new interconnection model that provides a separate, scalable, high-speed network to connect data storage to the computers and peripheral devices that require fast access to the data.
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