A storage area network is the storage solution of choice when high performance must be delivered to large numbers of concurrent users. A storage area network is commonly used as the storage layer for high-volume transactional systems, or for densely virtualized infrastructures.The distinguishing characteristics of a storage area network (SAN) are:
Over time the storage area network has evolved in response to market demand and underlying technology advances. One notable change is that while the SANs of the past relied exclusively on specialized Fibre Channel interconnects, today there are also SAN server solutions that do not require Fibre Channel – such as those that utilize standard TCP/IP networking. These types of storage area network allow organizations to leverage their existing network investments and in-house expertise.
Another noteworthy shift in storage area network technology is the rise of software-defined SAN storage solutions that can be installed on an organization’s hardware platform of choice. This provides the organization freedom in selecting a hardware vendor and the ability to choose a tailored hardware platform that exactly meets the organization’s current and anticipated needs.
Thinkmate is an experienced custom systems builder that supplies compute and storage solutions to leading enterprises and academic institutions as well as major government agencies. For organizations seeking to implement a storage area network we offer: