1.1. What Is a SAN?

Every book you will ever read about Storage Area Networks will start with this question. There is no one simple answer, but there are multiple simple answers (and they don’t conflict with each other).

  • A SAN is a mass storage solution, designed to provide enormous amounts of mass storage to an enterprise. It is fast, reliable, and highly scalable.

  • According to Transoft Networks of Santa Barbara, California (recently acquired by Hewlett-Packard), the SAN is the next generation high-speed network architecture.

  • According to Clariion, in a 1999 presentation by Ken Kutzer, Storage Area Networks Product Marketing Manager, a SAN is a “Network infrastructure that connects computers and devices, transports device commands, and runs value-added ...

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