Learn all about SAN expansion

Data Storage Handbook

Learn all about SAN expansion

No matter how much storage capacity you squeeze into an array, it's just a matter of time until that space is completely filled. Users everywhere are challenging existing storage resources with applications that proliferate media-hungry data files. This is where SAN expansion technology comes in.

This handbook takes an in-depth look at SAN expansion technology and offers advice on the many elements involved, such as integrating SAN and NAS, switch upgrades, disk array replacement and capacity planning tools.

How to expand disk arrays

In chapter 1 of our San expansion best practices guide, learn about disk array expansion, how to manage it, and the costs and limitations involved.

How to upgrade switches

In chapter 2 of our SAN expansion best practices guide, learn about the physical limitations of switches, how to architect the switching infrastructure and how to look for opportunities to deploy ISCSI.

How to upgrade host bus adapters

Chapter 3 of our SAN expansion best practices guide focuses on HBAs. Learn how to maintain control over HBA selection, eliminate bottlenecks, boost availability and how HBAs will interact with FCoE.

How to select a storage capacity planning tool

This chapter of our SAN expansion best practices guide focuses on storage management and capacity planning. Learn how to translate growth rates to cost, replace older tools and maximize storage efficiency.

How to Integrate SAN and NAS

SAN and NAS are very different types of storage, with different features that serve different business needs. Here are eight best practices for integrating SAN and NAS.

How to integrate iSCSI and Fibre Channel

Although companies of every size are embracing iSCSI SAN technology because of its lower cost and relative simplicity, there are situations where iSCSI and Fibre Channel coexistence makes sense. Here are eight best practices for integrating iSCSI into a Fiber Channel SAN.


This was first published in January 2008