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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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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

What Software-Defined Storage Really Means, and What It Can Do for You
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
WEBCAST: This webcast discusses software-defined storage in-depth, including how software-defined storage evolved out of traditional storage technologies and what its capabilities are.
Posted: 17 Apr 2015 | Premiered: Sep 30, 2014

StorMagic, Inc.

Save Your IT with Better Remote Storage Options
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
VIDEO: In this brief video, find out why using virtual and software-defined options at remote sites can give you greater performance than physical SANs.
Posted: 17 Apr 2015 | Premiered: 27 Mar 2015

StorMagic, Inc.

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.

Access to the Cloud When and Where You Need It
sponsored by IBM
RESOURCE: This resource explains how you can achieve higher performance and undergo a seamless integration of bare metal servers and virtual servers with a fully-automated platform.
Posted: 14 Apr 2015 | Published: 14 Apr 2015

IBM

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 Storage Systems Purchases Driven by Capacity, Performance
sponsored by NetApp
EGUIDE: In this e-guide, learn what storage shops are doing to keep up with both capacity and performance demands.
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 | Published: 02 Apr 2015

NetApp

A Look Into Dell Flash Arrays
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Intel®
EGUIDE: Access this expert eGuide to learn more about Dell's new flash array options.
Posted: 30 Mar 2015 | Published: 30 Mar 2015

Dell, Inc. and Intel®

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: Radically simple software-defined storage
sponsored by VMware, Inc.
EBOOK: View this resource to learn how you can simplify your storage in a virtualized environment with Virtual SAN.
Posted: 27 Mar 2015 | Published: 27 Mar 2015

VMware, Inc.

Unlock the potential of a converged system for storage
sponsored by SearchStorage.com
EBOOK: When looking at your storage infrastructure, consider that a converged system offers enhanced time to production, the potential for cost savings, and value in offering compute, storage and networking scale in parallel to each other.
Posted: 26 Mar 2015 | Published: 26 Mar 2015

SearchStorage.com

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.

Redefining the Economics of Storage
sponsored by Dell India
WHITE PAPER: IDC highlights the priorities and challenges faced by IT managers looking for midrange and high-end open system storage solutions. This document also presents the new and innovative solutions Dell has come forth with to help solve those challenges.
Posted: 25 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Aug 2014

Dell India

Capacity and performance benefits of SAN storage systems
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Intel®
EGUIDE: In this e-guide, learn about the anticipated year-over-year capacity growth of 24% and the need to boost the performance of existing applications that is driving new SAN storage systems. Rich Castagna, VP of TechTarget's storage media editorial group, reveals top drivers for SAN array purchases, which flavor of SAN is the most preferred, and more.
Posted: 25 Mar 2015 | Published: 25 Mar 2015

Dell, Inc. and Intel®

Dell adds fluid cache for compellent
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Intel®
EGUIDE: This e-guide describes how Fluid Cache uses PCIbased flash in PowerEdge servers as a cache to reduce latency. Find out more about Fluid Cache and the Compellent Storage Center.
Posted: 24 Mar 2015 | Published: 24 Mar 2015

Dell, Inc. and Intel®
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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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