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Inside Windows Storage: Server Storage Technologies for Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003, and Beyond by Dilip C. Naik

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6.6. SAN File Systems

Storage area networks allow administrators to have a pool of storage resources that coexist with a group of servers and have individual storage resources assigned to a particular server. SANs still require that at any given moment, only a particular server may be accessing a particular storage resource. SANs just facilitate the easy reassignment of a storage resource from one server to another. To understand this better, consider Figure 6.14.

Figure 6.14. SAN Usage Scenario with a Local File System

Figure 6.14 shows a typical three-tiered SAN deployment. At the top are clients accessing servers using a LAN. The servers are ...

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