With the volume of digital information flowing through businesses growing exponentially, it's time to consider a centralised storage network that can meet your changing needs today and into the future.

SAN

While storage area networks (SANs) have long been popular among larger companies, today small and medium businesses are also reaping the benefits of such storage architecture.

Put simply, a SAN is a network of shared storage devices. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the data transfer between computer systems and storage devices, typically a disk array or tape drive/library. A SAN provides a framework for IT managers to attach remote computer storage devices to servers in such a way that the devices appear to be locally attached.

Despite the growth of SANs, many businesses still have older architecture where storage disks are attached to a single server. While this can be a cost-effective short-term solution for businesses with a basic set-up and minimal IT resources, it can be a false economy as data and storage demands increase. Many problems arise as the business grows including:

The major benefit of SAN storage is that any server can use any available storage device. SAN storage provides opportunities for centralised backup, disaster recovery via replication and increasing the security of your critical data. All of this can be achieved with a SAN at a much lower total cost of ownership than direct attach storage.

In today's environment of exploding data growth, strict privacy laws and mission-critical IT systems, direct attach storage will no longer cut it for growing businesses.

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