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Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD, The by Andrei Khurshudov

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Storage Networking

Introduction

With a continuously increasing demand for data storage, the following key issues have to be addressed to have a successful storage solution:

  • Scalability, or ability to increase storage capacity, performance, and so on, without increasing complexity of the system

  • Heterogeneous connectivity, or an ability to operate in the mixed environment of different operating systems, such as Unix, Windows NT, and so on

  • High performance

  • High data availability, which is achieved via data redundancy

  • Information sharing, or data transparency throughout the entire network

  • Ease of use (out-of-the-box operation, plug-and-play, hot-swapping, etc.)

  • Ease of management, including operation, maintenance, backup, monitoring, and so on

  • Low total ...

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