SAN Design Considerations

The underlying principles of SAN design are relatively straightforward: plan a network topology that can handle the number of ports necessary now and into the future; design a network topology with a given end-to-end performance and throughput level in mind, taking into account any physical requirements of a design; and provide the necessary connectivity with remote data centers to handle the business requirements of business continuity and disaster recovery.

These underlying principles fall into five general categories:

Port density and topology requirements: Number of ports required now and in the future

Device performance ...

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