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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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2012 Trends to Watch: Storage
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
ANALYST BRIEF: Ovum analyses data growth, big data, disk shortages, public cloud storage, flash memory, and other storage trends.
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 | Published: 09 Feb 2012

ComputerWeekly.com

Forrester Thought Leadership White Paper: Exploring the Potential Benefits of End-to-End Convergence of Data Center Networks
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper discloses the results of an evaluation of end-to-end storage area network/local area network (SAN/LAN) networking issues including Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adoption.
Posted: 14 Feb 2012 | Published: 14 Feb 2012

Cisco Systems, Inc.

E-Guide: Purchasing hardware for SQL Server
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Microsoft
EGUIDE: SQL Server performance is highly dependent on how you configure your server's storage subsystems. With that in mind, this e-guide dives into a benefit/cost comparison of the increasingly popular solid-state drive (SSD) trend and explains some of the top mistakes people make when purchasing hardware for SQL Server.
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 | Published: 30 Jan 2012

Dell, Inc. and Microsoft

HP 3PAR Peer Motion Software
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard
WHITE PAPER: This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of HP 3PAR Peer Motion Software’s distributed volume management with a focus on federated workload balancing, asset management, and thin provisioning. Read now to learn more.
Posted: 06 Feb 2012 | Published: 02 Feb 2012

Hewlett-Packard

Who's in Charge of Your Unified Data Center Fabrics?
sponsored by Avaya
EGUIDE: Since components in a unified fabric have both LAN and SAN technology elements, deciding who manages the fabric can be difficult. This E-Guide can help you find out who to pick!
Posted: 10 Jan 2012 | Published: 10 Jan 2012

Avaya

Address VDI Storage Challenges with Data Dedupe, NAS Storage Systems
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
EGUIDE: VDI storage presents a slew of new challenges to data storage professionals. Read this expert E-Guide to explore how to address VDI storage challenges with data dedupe and NAS systems.
Posted: 10 Jan 2012 | Published: 09 Jan 2012

Dell, Inc.

Server Optimization, Hardware and Virtualization
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Microsoft
EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, find out how to optimize SQL Server with the right choices for hardware, storage devices, and virtualization. Inside, find articles on: what not to do when purchasing hardware; if solid-state storage devices are worth the cost; hardware and risk considerations for an inevitable virtualization initiative.
Posted: 10 Jan 2012 | Published: 09 Jan 2012

Dell, Inc. and Microsoft

Why Unified Storage?
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Microsoft
EGUIDE: Check out this expert E-Guide to learn more about unified storage including why the adoption rate is rising among users, how it works and the top advantages of this type of storage.
Posted: 30 Dec 2011 | Published: 30 Dec 2011

Dell, Inc. and Microsoft

Network Infrastructure Management: Best Practices
sponsored by CA Technologies.
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide examines the management of a unified, network and storage fabric and who controls FCoE switches and adapters.
Posted: 07 Dec 2011 | Published: 07 Dec 2011

CA Technologies.

Coraid EtherDrive Storage is ESG Lab Proven
sponsored by Coraid
WHITE PAPER: This ESG lab review explores the results from hands-on testing of an emerging SAN solution designed to meet today's growing storage challenges. In this paper, learn how this integrated technology can deliver an unprecedented price-performance ratio while maintaining easy installation and simplified management.
Posted: 07 Dec 2011 | Published: 01 Mar 2011

Coraid

Configuring iSCSI Connectivity with Vmware vSphere 5 and Dell EqualLogic PS Series Storage
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper addresses some of the new features in vSphere, as well as how to connect a vSphere 5 environment to a Dell EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI SAN.
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 | Published: 02 Dec 2011

Dell, Inc.

Automate Storage Tiering Simply and Efficiently with Dell EqualLogic PS Series Virtualized iSCSI SANs
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Tiered storage is a smart storage solution that directs application workloads to a specific storage location (or "tier") based on performance and cost characteristics. This white paper provides an introduction to tiered storage; learn exactly how tiered storage functions, and how to determine which data should be sent to which tier.
Posted: 01 Dec 2011 | Published: 01 Dec 2011

Dell, Inc.

Lincoln Paper Case Study
sponsored by QuorumLabs
WHITE PAPER: This brief case study shows how Lincoln Paper and Tissue succesfully implemented the onQ disaster recovery system and eliminated costly and time-consuming system administration requirements.
Posted: 30 Nov 2011 | Published: 29 Nov 2011

QuorumLabs

Virtual Fabrics Provide Administrative Flexibility in a Shared Storage Environment
sponsored by Brocade
WHITE PAPER: Learn about a technology that enables you to better manage your SAN assets by creating logical groups of separately managed devices, ports, and switches within your SAN - all without disrupting existing environments.
Posted: 21 Nov 2011 | Published: 30 Jan 2009

Brocade

Presentation Transcript: Intelligent Data Management
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: This expert presentation transcript with Deborah Sheedy, Storage Solutions Marketing Manager with Dell, explores changing your fundamental cost structure around infrastructure to pursue innovation and drive business value.
Posted: 16 Nov 2011 | Published: 16 Nov 2011

Dell, Inc.

Deliver Dynamic Business Continuity for the Enterprise with Dell Compellent Live Volume
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper provides solutions to help avoid downtime from planned outages, balance workloads on demand, and easily shift resources across the cloud.
Posted: 16 Nov 2011 | Published: 13 Nov 2011

Dell, Inc.

Protecting Vital Business Interests with a Simplified Storage Solution
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Data growth and regulatory requirements have made backup, recovery, and archiving critical aspects of enterprise operations. Dell Services experts can assess how effectively an information infrastructure is getting the job done and deploy integrated, best-of-breed storage solutions to help ensure the safety and recoverability of critical data.
Posted: 15 Nov 2011 | Published: 15 Nov 2011

Dell, Inc.

Deliver the Web Access Your Users Want With the Control You Need
sponsored by DataDirect Networks
WHITE PAPER: URL filtering is the linchpin of effective web access control, although URL-filtering databases are now largely commoditized. Blue Coat WebFilter, with its cloud-connected architecture and inputs from a worldwide community of users, is best-in-class for web threat protection.
Posted: 15 Nov 2011 | Published: 04 Nov 2011

DataDirect Networks

Controlled Explosion
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Storing and managing ever-increasing amount of data presents a formidable business challenge. Midsized companies are particularly challenged, because they typically lack the resources to handle the deluge. You can’t stop the massivegrowth in data, but you can doa better job of managing it.
Posted: 14 Nov 2011 | Published: 14 Nov 2011

Dell, Inc.

Unified Backup and Recovery with EMC NetWorker
sponsored by EMC Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This white paper highlights the scope of NetWorker features that enable users to flexibly combine different backup and recovery technologies and techniques to meet both common use cases as well as unique data protection demands.
Posted: 07 Nov 2011 | Published: 07 Nov 2011

EMC Corporation

Deliver Dynamic Business Continuity for the Enterprise with Dell Compellent Live Volume
sponsored by Dell Compellent
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn about an innovative platform that can help your business minimize downtime, balance workloads, and easily shift resources across the cloud.
Posted: 17 Oct 2011 | Published: 17 Oct 2011

Dell Compellent

Successfully Navigate the Virtualization Path
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Intel®
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: This presentation transcript, brought to you by our editors, offers advice to help you successfully navigate the virtualization path. Hear how one company decided on a virtualization strategy and put the appropriate measures in place to effectively manage its virtual environment
Posted: 17 Oct 2011 | Published: 17 Oct 2011

Dell, Inc. and Intel®

Virtualization Management and Standardizing The Delivery of VMs
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Intel®
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: This expert presentation transcript describes one organization's approach to virtualization management, its primary drivers, and key components. Discover your various options for reclaiming resources and explore the benefits of standardizing around the delivery of VMs.
Posted: 10 Oct 2011 | Published: 10 Oct 2011

Dell, Inc. and Intel®

Where Automated Tiering Stands Today in the Storage Landscape
sponsored by DataCore Software Corporation
EGUIDE: This expert E-Guide discusses how automated tiering is used today, the pros and cons of array-based automated tiered storage products and much more.
Posted: 30 Sep 2011 | Published: 30 Sep 2011

DataCore Software Corporation

Reference Architecture Guide
sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems
WHITE PAPER: It can be difficult to design, deploy, manage and support Microsoft Exchange 2010 environments with hardware components from multiple vendors. This solution reduces the complexity of Exchange environments by using servers and storage. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 30 Sep 2011 | Published: 30 Sep 2011

Hitachi Data Systems
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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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