4.2. SAN Terms and Building Blocks

You should be familiar with the following components and their general capabilities before building the SAN.

4.2.1. Building Blocks

The top line of Figure 4-1 shows the workstations. They are connected to the LAN, as expected. The client view of stored data will not change in a SAN. The only expectation is that there should be some relief from storage bottlenecks, and data should be available when a SAN is used.

Figure 4-1. SAN Building Blocks

The next row is the servers, connected to the LAN, intended to run applications and deliver retrieved data to the client workstations. What’s shown is a heterogeneous ...

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