Traditionally, organizations have paired storage resources with specific servers. This implementation results in inconsistent data protection practices and poor utilization of resources because the storage is not shared among servers, and has proven to be especially inflexible during periods of expansion.
Fibre Channel SANs provide unprecedented flexibility for storage environments, changing the way storage resources can be purchased and managed. By enabling any-to-any server and storage connectivity, SANs decouple dedicated devices and enable storage resource sharing. This enables a cost-effective, open systems approach for sharing data and the underlying storage infrastructure, as well as providing consistent data protection practices from a centralized policy.
- Improved storage utilization from lowering pre-allocation for unused storage that will be used within one to two years
- Lower storage capital expenditures from enabling the purchase of storage as needed
- Increased staff productivity and more storage managed with fewer personnel
- Reduced application downtime and minimal business impact for storage upgrades
- Centralized network environment for storage and server platforms to share resources and centralize data protection and security policies
- High availability and low latency for business continuity and maximum availability