Introduction to SANs: Technology, Benefits, and Applications - Page 8

The world of SANs will continue to evolve over the next few years. The following vendors will be instrumental to the expansion of the SAN market:

SAN Storage Solution Providers

  • EMC (35 Parkwood Drive, Hopkinton, Massachusetts 01748, 508-435-1000, makes large scale (Symmetrix) and mid-range (Clariion) SANs with support for multiple servers and a variety of operating systems including multiple flavors of Unix and Windows NT/2000 simultaneously.
  • IBM (New Orchard Road, Armonk, NY 10504, 914-499-1900 makes their own SAN systems called the Enterprise Storage Servers. The systems all support multiple servers and operating systems simultaneously, and are designed for scalability to deal with unpredictable growth requirements.
  • Compaq Computer Corp.(20555 State Highway 249, Houston, Texas 77070 Have solid SAN offerings ranging from low to midrange LAN free backup solutions to high end data center class solutions.
  • Hitachi Data Systems (750 Central Expressway, Santa Clara, CA 95050, (408) 970-1000 provides end-to-end SAN solutions with their Freedom Data Networks (FDN) supporting open architecture, multiple platforms, and "freedom of choice" for data-centric enterprise networks. FDN includes storage systems, switches, hubs, management software, and services.
  • XIOtech (A Seagate Company) 6455 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, 952-983-3000 Their Magnitude SAN comes with a server and a suite of SAN virtualization and management software, and a fibre channel network with RAID controllers. The systems are fully configured at the factory, ready for the customer to connect to their network. The systems are true SANs with expandability and the capability of supporting multiple application and file servers.
  • TrueSAN (60 S. Market St., Suite #1050, San Jose, CA 95113, 877-GO-TRUESAN is an aggressive small company that makes setting up a SAN as painless as possible with their SANDesigner web-based configuration tool. Written in Java, SANDesigner lets the customers figure out what storage resources should be included in their SAN. The company also provides their Paladin SAN solution. Paladin SANs can include WAN connectivity, optical interfaces, integration with NAS, and file management software. Like all SANs, the system is scalable so organizations can start with just their immediate needs and then expand the system later on as they grow.
  • Dell Computer Corp. (One Dell Way, Round Rock, Texas 78682 Primarily provides midrange NT/Windows 2000 based SAN solutions which work well with their PowerEdge Servers and other Intel based competitors.
Fibre Channel Switch Vendors
  • Brocade (1745 Technology Drive, San Jose, CA 95110, 408-487-8000 is a maker of Silkworm fibre channel switches. Brocade sits at the top of the Fibre Channel Switch food chain and is OEMed frequently.
  • Gadzoox (5850 Hellyer Avenue, San Jose, CA 95138, 408-360-4950 Competes with Brocade using their Capellix switches. They are also known for their Gibraltar hubs, which are found in low-end SAN solutions.
Host Bus Adapter Vendors
  • Q Logic Corp. (26650 Laguna Hills Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 (800) 662-4471 Their SANblade host bus adapters are popular HBAs and Q Logic has expanded their product line to include Fibre Channel Switches (they are among the first vendors to ship a 2Gbps Fibre Channel switch.)
  • Adaptec, Inc. (691 South Milpitas Blvd. Milpitas, CA 95035 408.945.8600 They sell Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters and they are starting to enter the external storage market with their Fibre Channel RAIDstation product line.
  • Emulex Corp. (3535 Harbor Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92626-7112 Phone: 800-854-7112 Their LightPulse brand of fibre channel HBAs are very popular and in the near future we can expect to see Emulex releasing HBAs for the new iSCSI (storage over IP protocol). Emulex also produces Fibre Channel hubs and were among the first to demonstrate 2Gbps Fibre Channel products.
Software Vendors
  • Tivoli (9442 Capital of Texas Highway North, Arboretum Plaza One, Austin, Texas 78759, 512-436-8000, makes a suite of software used by many SAN system vendors. The flagship, SANergy is a virtual file system that eliminates the one-to-one relationship between SAN-connected computers and SAN-based disk volumes needed by those computers. It allows computers running different operating systems to share the exact same disk volumes at the same time.
  • Veritas (1600 Plymouth St., Mountain View, CA 94043, 800-327-2232 Their SANPoint Direct management software works above the file system to allow multiple Windows computers equal file access to storage volumes kept on a SAN. Veritas is best known for their file system and for their Disaster Recovery/Backup solutions with work with multiple OS platforms and was among the first to offer a LAN free backup solution.