Storage Area Networks

  • A Storage Area Network (SAN) is a dedicated high-speed network that connects storage devices to servers, providing block-level storage access to applications and servers.
  • SANs are designed to optimize storage resources, improve data accessibility, and facilitate data management and backup processes.
  • They offer centralized storage provisioning, allowing storage capacity to be allocated and managed independently from the servers.
  • SANs utilize Fibre Channel or iSCSI protocols to enable high-speed, low-latency data transfers between storage systems and servers.
  • SANs are often used in enterprise environments for mission-critical applications that require fast and reliable access to large volumes of data, such as databases, virtualized environments, and data analytics platforms.