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 ...