sponsored by Dell, Inc.
Posted:  25 Mar 2009
Published:  25 Mar 2009
Format:  PDF
Length:  2  Page(s)
Type:  White Paper
Language:  English
Storage area networks (SAN) deliver consolidated storage and advanced storage management features. One advanced SAN configuration involves booting servers directly from the SAN, eliminating all locally attached storage, and improving server operations. Several server boot options are available: 1) traditional boot from internal storage; 2) boot from a server on the network; and 3) boot from the iSCSI SAN. To select the right boot option for your environment, you should weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each.

While EqualLogic's PS Series array supports all three boot methods, there are clear benefits to booting from the SAN. These include improved server uptime; online servicing and management of storage on the SAN; and automatic, online expansion and load balancing. You gain many needed storage management functions, snapshot capability that eases backup and improves data protection, and disaster replication. With all these features, your IT infrastructure functions more efficiently and productively.

Backups | Data Management | Disaster Recovery | NAS | SAN | Server Virtualization | Storage Virtualization

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