SANs Need to Be as Manageable as LANs
In today's enterprise networks, it managers have to continuously allocate budget and other resources for storage to provide robust data availability and support for critical e-business applicationsIn todays enterprise networks, it managers have to continuously allocate budget and other resources for storage to provide robust data availability and support for critical e-business applications. Companies that can effectively manage large amounts of data and make it readily available will have a significant competitive advantage over companies that cant. This is where SANs (storage area networks) fit in. SANs provide fast-growing companies with an efficient way to consolidate storage, are scalable and include such advanced capabilities as storage virtualization, serverless backup and restore operations, and heterogeneous data sharing. But although SANs are well-suited to meet the data storage demands of enterprises and e-businesses, there are many challenges to overcome in order to harvest the benefits after implementationand one of the biggest challenges is SAN management.
In a typical SAN, IT managers have to deal with a complex array of components from different vendors that includes Fibre Channel switches and hubs, host bus adapters, and storage subsystems. To manage a SAN effectively, IT managers must be able to configure and trouble-shoot the hardware systems as well as plan for future growth. Most of todays SAN hardware systems have their own management utilities, and usually one vendors management software does not work with another vendors SAN component.