7.3. Special SAN Implementations

There are SAN implementations that appear specialized, because of the severe processing demands of some applications. Those applications need extreme capacity and speed.

The paradox is that most general applications would appreciate a little more in the way of capacity and speed, so today’s special SAN implementation has a way of becoming tomorrow’s norm. At some point there will be no such thing as a “specialized SAN implementation.”

For example, a data warehouse is a storage-intense application, traditionally limited to larger enterprises with the resources to assemble outrageously large collections of data and go exploring. However, with SAN capabilities, medium and smaller enterprises have the potential for ...

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