The crown jewel of today’s virtualized infrastructure and IT environments are quality Storage Area Networks (SANs), such as EMC, NetApp, EqualLogic, Nimble and Compellent.
A SAN is a high-speed network or subnetwork that is interconnected and holds shared pools of storage devices for multiple servers. SANs provide block-level storage that can be accessed by applications running on any networked server. So, even though SANs are typically big ticket investments, many organizations choose to utilize SANs because they offer benefits such as increased flexibility, increased availability and increased performance.
However, selecting the best-suited technology at a cost-effective price can be a big challenge. Additionally, properly sizing the disks and LUNs to the corresponding hosts often requires the help of a professional.