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ALSO CALLED: SAN Architecture, Storage Network, Server Area Networks, Storage SANs, Storage Area Networks
DEFINITION: A SAN file system (that is, a storage area network file system) is programming that enables the sharing of the same copies of files stored on common storage media among multiple servers that may have different operating systems. Without a SAN file system, although different servers may share common storage media (using virtualization approaches), they cannot share the same files. A SAN file system  … 
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SAN White Papers (View All Report Types)
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Implementing High Performance Scalable Flash Storage for Databases
sponsored by HGST
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn how you can implement high performance flash storage without breaking the bank.
Posted: 13 May 2015 | Published: 25 Jul 2014

HGST

Linux and the Storage Ecosystem: An Open Platform for Flexible Storage
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper now for an in-depth look at the power of Linux as an open platform for flexible storage.
Posted: 11 May 2015 | Published: 29 Mar 2011

IBM

ESG Report: The Economic Value of Storage Validation
sponsored by Infinio
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to discover the economic value of using software for storage optimization. Read on to learn how you can solve VM performance issues with a single program using SAN support, saving you time and providing a strong return on your storage investment.
Posted: 30 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2015

Infinio

The Details of How a Virtual SAN Functions
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper for an in-depth, nuts and bolts explanation of exactly how a virtual SAN functions.
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Jul 2014

VMware

Test Results: Best Practices for a Virtual SAN
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: This white paper summarizes the results of a series of tests on one virtual SAN product. These results provide the basis for guidelines on optimal virtual SAN use.
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 | Published: 23 Apr 2015

VMware

Five Reasons Why You Should Pair VSAN and View
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is an extremely attractive infrastructure option for supporting your virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) using VMware View for many reasons.
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 | Published: 23 Apr 2015

TOPICS:  SAN | VDI | VMware
Global Knowledge

How Software-Defined Storage is Redefining Storage Operations
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: This report looks at new technologies in software-defined storage and virtual SANs, and it discusses how they can solve the challenge of storage for virtualized environments.
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Jul 2014

VMware

Seven Reasons to Consider Virtual SAN
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to get the scoop on virtual SAN, as well as 7 reasons why you should consider this technology. Read on to learn about how virtual SAN works seamlessly with VMs and provides a cost effective option for virtualized environments.
Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | Published: 21 Apr 2015

VMware

Case Study: Large University Finds a Storage Solution
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, discover how a large university solved the storage challenges posed by a growing environment.
Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Oct 2014

VMware

Case Study: IBC Bank Finds Virtual Storage Suited to Its VDI
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, discover how a growing bank solved the storage challenges posed by a growing VDI environment.
Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

VMware

Enhance the IT Infrastructure of Your Remote Locations
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses how you can address the infrastructure requirements of remote offices and branch offices.
Posted: 16 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2015

StorMagic, Inc.

Lab Results: How This Virtual SAN Measures Up
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper presents test results for one cost-effective virtual storage solution designed for distributed enterprises.
Posted: 15 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Aug 2014

StorMagic, Inc.

Centralized vs. Decentralized Storage: What's Right for You?
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Advancements in cloud and data center consolidation have sparked a debate: is centralized or decentralized storage infrastructure better?
Posted: 15 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

StorMagic, Inc.

Case Study: Leading U.S. Retail Chain Eliminates Downtime
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, find out how one of the world's largest retailers got rid of inefficient local SANs and turned instead to a virtual storage platform that eliminated downtime, cut costs and more
Posted: 13 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

StorMagic, Inc.

Managing Storage on a Budget
sponsored by Nexenta
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn how one such company implemented software-defined storage and VMware, for better storage management on a budget.
Posted: 13 Apr 2015 | Published: 13 Apr 2015

Nexenta

SAN-Based Data Replication for Higher Availability and Disaster Recovery
sponsored by Vision Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This resource discusses a software-based solution that performs SAN-based data replication at the host level, providing higher availability when systems are at the same location, and disaster protection and recovery when they're not.
Posted: 27 Mar 2015 | Published: 30 Dec 2010

Vision Solutions

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 Design and Sizing Guide
sponsored by VMware, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper highlights how administrators can correctly design and size a Virtual SAN cluster, answers some of the common question around number of hosts, flash devices and magnetic disks, and outlines the configuration options.
Posted: 26 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

VMware, Inc.

Software-Defined Storage: What it Means for the IT Practitioner
sponsored by VMware, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper introduces Software-Defined Storage, a new approach to storage that enables a fundamentally more efficient operational model that fits in with our virtualized world.
Posted: 26 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2015

VMware, Inc.

A More Efficient and Flexible Approach to Storage in Virtual Environments
sponsored by VMware, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper highlights the new VMware Virtual SAN 6.0, which is a storage solution that combines the compute and storage resources of vSphere hosts.
Posted: 23 Mar 2015 | Published: 28 Feb 2015

VMware, Inc.

Bridging Fibre Channel San and FCoE Networks with the Omniswitch 6900
sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: This informative white paper reveals a data networking strategy that can converge Ethernet and FC networks together and offer compelling SAN and LAN design options.
Posted: 18 Mar 2015 | Published: 01 Jun 2014

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Unified Storage Architecture Enabling Today’s Dynamic Data Center
sponsored by Arrow + NetApp
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines the key elements of the NetApp unified storage architecture in detail, including multiprotocol support, single management interface, integrated data protection, support for multiple tiers of storage, QoS, and the ability to act as a front end for legacy storage systems.
Posted: 13 Mar 2015 | Published: 13 Mar 2015

Arrow + NetApp

Gartner Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays
sponsored by HP and Intel® Xeon® processors
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to discover Gartner's report comparing vendor strengths and weaknesses in the general purpose disk array market.
Posted: 05 Mar 2015 | Published: 20 Nov 2014

HP and Intel® Xeon® processors

The Pros and Cons of Two Competing Virtual SANs
sponsored by DataCore Software Corporation
WHITE PAPER: The following white paper compares two leading virtual SANs, clearly explaining the pros and cons of each one.
Posted: 17 Feb 2015 | Published: 17 Feb 2015

DataCore Software Corporation

Guide: VMware virtual SAN deployment best practices
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Access this guide that provides information to assist in the deployment of VMware virtual SAN, and get recommendations on supported configurations, best practices, and additional resources.
Posted: 27 Dec 2014 | Published: 27 Dec 2014

Dell, Inc.

Flash accelerates SAP and Oracle environment 12 times
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper details how one global corporation overcame the challenge of slow response times using flash storage.
Posted: 26 Dec 2014 | Published: 26 Dec 2014

IBM
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SAN DEFINITION (continued): …  simplifies and streamlines SAN management, minimizes storage and retrieval time, optimizes the use of storage resources, allows network components to be scaled individually, and eliminates the need for storage redundancy.The SAN programming consists of a client on each server that is written especially for the operating platform used by that server. To create or write to a file, the client makes a request to a common metadata server which controls traffic in the SAN. Once access is granted, a server can access the file without having to go through the metadata server, ensuring that most I/O … 
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