Data Storage: Advantages of SAN Solutions
Data storage can be a source of constant frustration for IT managers – and a huge drain on an organization’s bottom line.
These days, businesses of all sizes are struggling to keep up with the constant need for increased data storage. Application data, staff email accounts and business databases are taking up more space – at a faster pace – than ever before. Meanwhile, the performance of your network is also struggling to keep up.
Data Storage: Sound familiar?
- Your IT costs are surging because of the need for more data storage
- The time to install and maintain new servers is eating up department resources
- Applications and overall network speed are suffering from having overly complex systems of storage
- Company executives are demanding better availability of data, but are limiting IT expenditures
- You’ve already lost critical data – or are on the verge of losing it – after a disaster
These challenges are increasingly common at organizations all over the world. If you’re facing these same issues, then an iSCSI or fiber-channel SAN (storage area network) is likely the solution.
More IT professionals are discovering how SANs can address the need for growing storage while also reducing administrative costs and maximizing productivity. Below, we’ll take a look at the key advantages of iSCSI and fiber-channel SANs and the types of organizations that can benefit from these solutions.
So What is Storage Area Networking, Anyway?
Put simply, a storage area network is a high-speed network made up of shared storage devices. Data storage devices typically contain only disks for storing data. A SAN is used to make all storage devices available to all servers on a LAN or WAN.
When another data storage device is connected to the SAN, that device is also accessible from any server on the network. This architecture enables the servers to act as a pathway to the stored data. Since data isn’t stored directly on the servers, the servers devote their power to application speed/performance, and there is higher network capacity for end users.
iSCSI vs. Fiber Channel Data Storage: What’s the Difference?
- iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Interface) is an IP-based protocol of linking data storing devices over a network. Systems supporting iSCSI can be connected directly to standard Gigabit Ethernet switches and IP routers. So, typically, it doesn’t require any extra hardware beyond the organization’s existing network.
- Fiber Channel (or fibre channel) uses optical fiber to connect data storage devices. Like iSCSI, fiber-channel technology is designed to free up the server’s processing power for handling applications, rather than storing data itself. But because FC generally must be implemented with dedicated adapters (specifically, HBAs) and switches, IT managers must carefully weigh the costs vs. the overall impact of the potential performance from both types of systems: FC or iSCSI.
Not sure which is right for your organization? Contact Tredent Data Systems, we specialize in SAN data storing technology and has been helping the nation’s largest businesses with their IT infrastructure since 1983.
Does My Business Need a SAN?
Whether you’re an IT administrator looking to simplify your data storage or a company executive hoping to improve your network and reduce IT costs, a SAN may be the right choice.
Who Can Benefit from SAN Technology:
- Organizations that have large, ever-growing amounts of data
- Businesses with multiple locations or remote offices
- Companies struggling with skyrocketing hardware expenses and the overhead to maintain it
- Any organization where secure backup and availability of business data is critical
4 Key Advantages of External Data Storage Solutions
1) Highly Simplified Structure
In the old days, businesses bought disks based on rough (often incorrect) estimates of how much storage they would need in the future. Then, when disk capacity was reached, businesses would have to replace those disks, back everything up, and restore it, over and over again.
If your business has significantly growing amounts of data (who doesn’t these days?), then this process makes your IT infrastructure and processes very complex, thereby boosting the workload for personnel too.
With a storage area network, you only get the storage you need at first, then expand as you go. It makes your data storage a lot more efficient, reducing costs, overhead and the drain on your network.
2) Better, Faster Availability of Data
As mentioned above, SANs ensure that your servers are dedicated to powering the transfer of data – not storing it. This significantly reduces the load on the servers’ processors and translates into faster speed for end users. Faster speed for end users translates into more productivity throughout the entire organization.
3) Cost Efficiency
From the cost of the hardware itself to the minimal overhead needed to maintain it, SAN technology is one of the most cost-efficient purchases an IT department can make. A typical SAN disk array from a major brand like Dell may only cost a few thousand dollars – a far cry from relying on top-tier data centers or constantly managing the deployment of more servers.
Not only that, but businesses save money on hardware costs, administrative costs, energy costs, and losses experienced from system downtime.
4) Protection of Data
Today’s SAN solutions offer unmatched protection of data, plus an automated backup system. Storage is handled more efficiently by automatically balancing loads and preserving the integrity of the data at the same time. Automatic and scheduled backups ensure that data is constantly protected and can be recovered quickly in the event of a critical system failure.
How Do I Learn More About Data Storage?
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If you’re considering a SAN for your organization, it’s important to hire highly qualified IT professionals who have extensive experience with the technology.
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