The added value of a storage area network (SAN) lies in the use of its technology to provide tangible and desirable benefits to the business. These benefits are provided by the use of fast, secure, reliable, and highly available networking solutions. Benefits range from increased availability and flexibility to more functionality that can reduce application downtime.
In this chapter, we provide a description of general SAN applications, and the types of components that are required to implement them. Far more complexity exists than is ...

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