A storage area network or SAN is a network that’s dedicated to consolidating block level data storage. SANs are used to make discrete storage devices like disks or tape libraries accessible to servers so that they appear like locally attached devices. A SAN typically consists of a network of storage devices that aren’t accessible via the LAN or WAN.
SANs provide high speed, high performance virtual storage solutions to organisations looking for flexible, scalable storage networks with easy administration. This makes them well suited for applications like disaster recovery and data replication. Many SAN devices are designed for use in rack environments and feature fibre channel connectivity although other protocols like iSCSI are also available.
Several components make up a SAN including storage devices (often disk arrays or tape drives), host bus adapters, switches and cabling. If you’re considering investing in a SAN, Evaris stocks a range of SAN products from Hewlett Packard, Dell and other leading brands.
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