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Build the Best Data Center Facility for Your Business by Douglas Alger

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Storage Area Networks (SANs)

A growing number of server environments now incorporate a storage area network (SAN) into their design. A SAN enables data from different servers to be transmitted over a dedicated network and stored, as needed, on various storage devices. Without a SAN, a server must be cabled directly to its own storage unit. With a SAN, any server in the network can potentially connect to any storage device in the network. This enables greater management of storage resources and, because data isn't residing on the servers themselves, frees up their processing abilities for other tasks.

From the perspective of Data Center infrastructure design, a SAN is largely the same as any other network. If you choose to have one within your ...

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