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The industry has seen an era when all mission critical enterprise servers were equipped data spaces on one with no of high capacity storage disks in the server chassis itself. For any expansion additional expansion boxes were connected using separate raid controllers. This created pools of quite a bit of unused data pools within a single organization. There was no straightforward way for the organization to provide data pool to a server from another server where plenty of space was available. This wastage of resource actually led to what we now know as a shared storage or SAN. The SAN mainly has a built in controllers with cache and lots of disk i.o features. It houses Many disks in a single chassis and provides future scalability using additional expansion boxes. The DISKS are of different types like SATA, NLS SAS, SAS or FC while the host interface could be FC, SAS, FCOE etc.
Being a shared storage the SAN provides an easier migration to a Clustered environment.
Network Attached Storage (NAS), in contrast to SAN, uses file-based protocols such as NFS or SMB / CIFS and the I/O takes place as files rather than a block transfer. These days the concept of a unified storage is also picking up so that a single storage device can suffice the need of SAN and NAS.
We are an IBM Business partner and have been offering solutions based on the IBM DS3000, DS4000, DS5000 and StorWiz V7000 storage arrays. IBM storage systems are designed to meet the demanding open-systems requirements of today and tomorrow, while establishing a new standard for life cycle longevity with field-replaceable host interface cards. Seventh-generation architecture delivers relentless performance, real reliability, multidimensional scalability and unprecedented investment protection.
SAN Switche is a network switch compatible with the Fibre Channel (FC) protocol. It allows the creation of a Fibre Channel fabric, that is currently the core component of most storage area networks (SAN). The fabric is a network of Fibre Channel devices which allows many-to-many communication, device name lookup, security, and redundancy. SAN Switches implement zoning, a mechanism that disables unwanted traffic between certain fabric nodes.
SAN switches are at the heart of most SANs. SAN Switches can connect both servers and storage devices, and thus provide the connection points for the fabric of the SAN. For smaller SANs, the standard SAN switches are called modular switches and can typically support 8 or 16 ports (though some 32-port modular switches are beginning to emerge). Sometimes modular switches are interconnected to create a fault-tolerant fabric. For larger SAN fabrics, director-class switches provide a larger port capacity (64 to 128 ports per switch) and built-in fault tolerance.
Tap Drives & libraries
Tape DrivesA tape drive is a data storage device that reads and writes data on a magnetic tape. Magnetic tape data storage is typically used for offline, archival data storage. Tape media generally has a favorable unit cost and long archival stability. Tape Drive offers a tape solution with high capacity, fast access to data and long-term data retention.
Tape LibrariesTape Library is designed to provide a highly-scalable, automated tape library for mainframe and open systems backup and archive that can scale from midsize to large enterprise environments.
Tape drive integration with features such as persistent worldwide name, multipath architecture, drive/media exception reporting, remote drive / media management and host-based path failover. Supports multiple simultaneous, heterogeneous server attachment.
Support highly-scalable, automated data retention on tape . Enable data security and regulatory compliance via support for tape drive encryption and write-once-read-many (WORM) cartridges.