FireWire or Iwire downloads, or NTSC, HDTV, or MPEG video, today's media files are huge
and uninterruptable, and they must be randomly accessible. SANs have found particular
favor in publishing houses -- both print and Web -- for two key reasons: they allow
access to data across an unparalleled range of platforms, and they're fast enough to
meet the demands of most streaming media. (Some video-editing houses, however, have
moved to switch fabrics, which support even faster throughput.)
from manual drawings and hodgepodge ECR systems are finding that digitized drawings and
CAD files need ever expandable storage. SANs fit the bill. (Running out of drive
letters was a problem for one of my clients.)
or a Notes server, message stores are becoming gargantuan. Need another drive or array?
Plug it in. A new dancing-baby AVI has been forwarded to fifteen hundred of your email
users? Heaven help us.
resource planning and customer relationship management applications seems to expand
without end. Add customizations, management apps, analyses, and distributions of
analyzed data -- and watch how the volume of data explodes.
Adopting a SAN reminds me of practicing est or transcendental meditation. Once
you've shaken your old mindset, you start to find new ways of applying the method.
Likewise, once you've made the necessary leap to a new infrastructure, you'll find that
removing storage from the data-processing method associated with servers is liberating.
A SAN will have helped you achieve application-services modularity.