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Is SAN right for Windows file storage?

With the release of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has continued to increase its emphasis on Storage Area Networks (SAN) for enterprise storage. The additions of built-in iSCSI initiators with both operating systems, for example, have simplified the implementation and management of SANs for Windows administrators.

But when it comes to file storage, is SAN really right for you? In this webcast, systems software engineer Bruce Mackenzie-Low delves into the particulars of Windows file storage and outlines how SANs can best benefit your IT environment. You'll also learn the advantages Storage Area Networks have to offer in the areas of data protection and performance, with special attention paid to the differences between standalone and clustered file servers. Other key topics covered include:

  • SAN vs. local storage
  • SCSIport vs. Storport drivers
  • Storage Area Network best practices


Bruce Mackenzie-Low Systems Software Engineer Bruce Mackenzie-Low, MCSE/MCSA, is a systems software engineer with HP providing third-level worldwide support on Microsoft Windows-based products including Clusters and Crash Dump Analysis. With more than 20 years of computing experience at Digital, Compaq and HP, Bruce is a well known resource for resolving highly complex problems involving clusters, SANs, networking and internals.
Jun 12, 2008, 09:00 EDT (13:00 GMT)

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