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Top 8 Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) Tools

HPE 3PAR StoreServIBM FlashSystemNetApp FAS SeriesHPE StorageWorks MSAHitachi Virtual Storage Platform G SeriesDell EqualLogic PS seriesOracle Sun ZFS Storage ApplianceIBM System Storage DS5000 Series
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    We never had a blackout and we have never been offline.HPE 3PAR has all the common storage features like cell provisioning and deduplication. Usually the solution is chosen by the customer as they have a preference, or the setup is already in their environment.
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    This solution is very stable.IBM FlashSystem has been stable in our operations.
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    Flexible and reliable storage solution with multiple features such as cloning, replication, and deduplication. Data migration can be done without any performance implications on the production systems.
  5. The solution is very easy to use, it is not really complex for any user, such as non-technical individuals.The product is very easy to deploy.
  6. We have many different types of replication, such as remote and drop local replication. All these features and licenses are already available. These are basic features available in the current model. Additionally, the performance has been good in our experience.
  7. The solution has been working well overall.You can always trust it. It is stable.
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  9. I like its storage capacity, quick access to the data, speed, and overall storage management.
  10. The most valuable feature is compression.The initial setup is pretty straightforward.
What is NAS and SAN?

A NAS (network attached storage) is a single simple device that sends data via ethernet. NAS is very basic, extremely simple, and cost-effective. A NAS grants data storage access to other devices on the network and provides for an uncomplicated way for numerous users from different areas to access data. This is particularly beneficial when users are regularly sharing information back and forth on the same network. NAS basic structure makes it very easy for a non-technical person to manage all the network processes. NAS is a great fit for a home office or small business that requires a greater ability to share data with better integrity and be available 24/7. NAS is very good for sharing small files, but can become easily overloaded and stressed when sharing larger files, such as photos, audio, or video. When a NAS can no longer easily handle such heavy network traffic flow, many organizations make the decision to switch to SAN. SAN (storage area network) operates with a combination of several servers and can handle all those significantly higher traffic flows and increasingly heavier data loads much easier.

Why do we need SAN?

When you need high-performance, low-latency shared access, it is time to make the step up to SAN. SAN is the most highly recommended option for sharing large files safely to the greatest number of users without causing any performance issues. SAN is typically used by large corporations or enterprises and generally requires an administrative team or IT staff to manage. SAN is extremely desirable in today's work and even in some home environments where many users are collaborating and editing graphic, photo, video, and music files on a regular and consistent daily basis.

What are the components of SAN?

Instead of a single device, you get a combination of servers with high speed and low latency. SAN can also have fiber channel connections to consistently ensure the fastest possible speed, delivery, security, and overall performance. By using a fiber channel, data is rerouted around the TCP/IP packetization and reduces any latency concerns, resolving congestion issues with the network. SAN keeps data exchanges across servers continually running smoothly and quickly. Some configurations may also have a private separate ethernet network to keep those servers running even more smoothly and keep traffic away from the primary fiber channel network, resulting in an even greater overall performance. SAN is extraordinarily robust, agile, and extremely flexible and can handle the huge amounts of compute and data sharing needed in today's busy dynamic digital environment.

Is NAS faster than SAN?

The speed of the NAS is primarily dependent on the local TCP/IP ethernet network (generally between 1GB and 10GB) and is deeply affected by the number of users, types of files they are sharing, and amount of storage they are using. NAS is consistently slower due to slow throughput caused by the general nature of ethernet packetization, slower file servers, and overall common latency issues. SAN is very high-speed when using a fiber channel, it is most commonly available from 16GB to 32GB. Additionally, the fiber channel can use a high-speed ethernet, such as 10GB to 40+GB networks, and using protocols such as FCoE and iSCSI make the overall performance even faster.

Features of Modular SAN
  • Robust - Modular SAN is very strong and extremely powerful and can handle the heaviest data files without ever experiencing any low latency issues.
  • Scalable - A modular SAN can easily be scalable to handle your business or enterprise's continually growing and changing needs.
  • Easy to use - A modular SAN reduces the need for an entire IT staff and makes managing your SAN easier. The solutions are easy to deploy and simple to configure and manage and also offer great support when needed.
  • Fast - A modular SAN offers a fast and easy setup and keeps your organization's data workflows running at optimal performance at all times. With the wide variety of attractive additional features available with a modular SAN, your throughput and overall speed will always be at peak performance. 
Benefits of Modular SAN
    • Saves time - Modular SAN diminishes the need for an IT staff to manage your SAN. The processes are simplified and very easy to manage, and valuable resources can be allocated elsewhere in your organization, optimizing overall productivity.
    • Saves money - Modular SAN solutions offer very competitive pricing with numerous options to suit every business need. Modular SAN streamlines your processes, keeps them running quickly and smoothly at all times, and will not overload your servers, risking potential downtime or damage to your operating system.
    • High performance - Modular SAN ensures extremely fast data processing with minimal latency across the servers. There will be no unexpected stress on your network or servers and data will continue to move smoothly and easily throughout your network as expected, in order to keep your business running optimally and ensure the highest productivity and profitability goals at all times.
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