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SANs (Storage Area Networks)
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SANs are dedicated networks that provide access to an array of storage devices such as RAID arrays, optical disks, and tape backups. One way to think of a SAN is as a high-speed network within a data center. In contrast, LANs extend outward from the data center. A typical SAN consists of a Fibre Channel subnetwork connected to the enterprise network, as illustrated in Figure S-1. SANs are a radical shift from the traditional server-attached storage because storage is offloaded from servers, freeing up server resources to handle data processing and other tasks.
This topic continues in "The Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunications" with a discussion of the following:
Associations, Initiatives, Forums, and Coalitions
The following organizations promote SANs, storage products, and interconnect technologies. Getting all the pieces of SANs to work together in an interoperable way is the goal of these groups:
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