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This edition applies to the products in the IBM Storage Area Networks (SAN) portfolio. Note: Before using this information and the product it supports, read the . Storage Area Networks, such as IBM System Engineers, IBM Business. Partners . In today's Storage Area Network (SAN) environment the storage devices in the bottom tier are RS/ Redbooks Collection (PDF Format). SK2T PDF | On Dec 1, , Vladimir Riabov and others published Storage Area Networks Fundamentals.
The complete control software It also maintains the communications over a network If we explain the storage area network in simple words then it can be defined as a specialized network and high-speed network which is attached to the servers and storage machines. Because of this reason, storage area network i. SAN is called as the network behind the servers. The storage area network is a type of network which can be shared between servers or else it can be dedicated to a particular server. This type of network can be expanded over geographical distances or we can keep it local. Fig1: a tiered overview of storage area network The storage area networks create modern techniques of attaching storage to servers and these modern techniques enhance availability and performance. These networks are availed to bypass networks like traditional network bottlenecks.
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The number of Storage Protocols and Storage Interfaces rapidly increased in a Networking technology field, it avoids the Bottleneck of data centers. This paper focuses on few guidelines that may help to understand some of the design issues involved in SAN. Those Problems that are abstract and cannot solve on SAN infrastructure and application run on SAN can solve after understanding all the parameters.
Fib re channels also, make so me concern that is not solvable and creates issues. This paper discusses some of the co mmon problem related to SAN to prevent the issues. SANs are architectures having the designing challenges and the variety mainly used to enhance storage devices, such as hard disks, of reasons which include the workload and causes the arrays tapes, and junk storage, accessible to servers so that the problems when developing the new applicat ions or tools.
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Online recuperation: The most extreme length of a SCSI transport is around 25 meters. In the network storage technology, the compatibility issues are more tricky and complicated to establish. Fiber Channel SANs some of the things you should consider when integrating the allo w association with plates at up to megabytes new technology into the network.
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To expand the Fibre don't have to download large servers with space for heaps Channel and IP storage is the complex and costly tasks. The network storage provider first needs to know that what the client and how much data want to store and how they spent for that storage system.
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Because if the device failed in any of the storage devices means you will lose your whole work. So backup and Issues in the connection and cable in Storage area network: The traditional archival process using optical disks and tapes is not optimized to recognize the content, so the same content could be archived several times. Additional costs are involved in offsite storage of media and media management.
Tapes and optical media are also susceptible to wear and tear. CAS also meets the demand to improve data accessibility and to properly protect, dispose of, and ensure service-level agreements for archived data.
The features and benefits of CAS include the following: 1. Content authenticity: It assures the genuineness of stored content. This is achieved by generating a unique content address and automating the process of continuously checking and recalculating the content address for stored objects. Content authenticity is assured because the address assigned to each piece of fixed content is as unique as a fingerprint. If the object fails validation, it is rebuilt from its mirrored copy.
Content integrity: Refers to the assurance that the stored content has not been altered. Use of hashing algorithm for content authenticity also ensures content integrity in CAS.
If the fixed content is altered, CAS assigns a new address to the altered content, rather than overwrite the original fixed content, providing an audit trail and maintaining the fixed content in its original state. Location independence: CAS uses a unique identifier that applications can leverage to retrieve data rather than a centralized directory, path names, or URLs. Using a content address to access fixed content makes the physical location of the data irrelevant to the application requesting the data.
Therefore the location from which the data is accessed is transparent to the application. This yields complete content mobility to applications across locations. Single-instance storage SiS : The unique signature is used to guarantee the storage of only a single instance of an object. This signature is derived from the binary representation of the object. At write time, the CAS system is polled to see if it already has an object with the same signature. If the object is already on the system, it is not stored, rather only a pointer to that object is created.
SiS simplifies storage resource management tasks, especially when handling hundreds of terabytes of fixed content. Retention enforcement: Protecting and retaining data objects is a core requirement of an archive system. CAS creates two immutable components: a data object and a meta-object for every object stored.
For systems that support object-retention capabilities, the retention policies are enforced until the policies expire. Record-level protection and disposition: All fixed content is stored in CAS once and is backed up with a protection scheme. The array is composed of one or more storage clusters.
Some CAS architectures provide an extra level of protection by replicating the content onto arrays located at a different location. The disposition of Dept. Technology independence: The CAS system interface is impervious to technology changes.
As long as the application server is able to map the original content address the data remains accessible. Although hardware changes are inevitable, the goal of CAS hardware vendors is to ensure compatibility across platforms. Random disk access in CAS enables fast record retrieval. It contains storage nodes and access nodes networked as a cluster by using a private LAN that is internal to it.
The internal LAN can be reconfigured automatically to detect the configuration changes such as the addition of storage or access nodes. These nodes run an operating system with special software that implements the features and functionality required in a CAS system. A node can be configured as a a storage node, b access node, or c dual-role node. They are sometimes referred to as back-end nodes. They establish connectivity through a private LAN to the storage nodes in the cluster.
The number of access nodes is determined by the amount of user required throughput from the cluster. This configuration is generally found in older installations of CAS.
This node configuration is more typical than a pure access node configuration. Integrity checking: It ensures that the content of the file matches the digital signature hashed output or CA.
The integrity checks can be done on every read or by using a background process. If problems are identified in any of the objects the nodes automatically repair or regenerate the object. Data protection and node resilience: This ensures that the content stored on the CAS system is available in the event of disk or node failure. Some CAS systems provide local replication or mirrors that copy a data object to another node in the same cluster.
This decreases the total available capacity by 50 percent. Parity protection is another way to protect CAS data.
It uses less capacity to store data, but takes longer to regenerate the data if corrupted. Load balancing: Distributes data objects on multiple nodes to provide maximum throughput, availability, and capacity utilization.
Scalability: Adding more nodes to the cluster without any interruption to data access and with minimum administrative overhead.
Self-diagnosis and repair: Automatically detects and repairs corrupted objects and alert the administrator of any potential problem. These failures can be at an object level or a node level. They are transparent to the users who access the archive. CAS systems can be configured to alert remote support teams who diagnose and make repairs remotely. Report generation and event notification: Provides on-demand reporting and event notification.
Fault tolerance: Ensures data availability if a component of the CAS system fails, through the use of redundant components and data protection schemes. Audit trails: Enable documentation of management activity and any access and disposition of data. Audit trails are mandated by compliance requirements. This process requires an understanding of the following CAS terminologies: 1.
Application programming interface API : A high-level implementation of an interface that specifies the details of how clients can make service requests. A converged SAN uses a common network infrastructure for network and SAN traffic to eliminate redundant infrastructure and to reduce cost and complexity.
Converged SANs are almost always based on 10 Gigabit Ethernet , and multiple network ports are sometimes bonded together to increase throughput. The main benefit of using a SAN is that raw storage is treated as a pool of resources that IT can centrally manage and allocate on an as-needed basis.
SANs are also highly scalable because capacity can be added as required. The main disadvantages of SANs are cost and complexity. SAN hardware tends to be expensive, and building and managing a SAN requires a specialized skill set. NAS consists of a storage appliance that is plugged directly into a network switch. Although there are exceptions, NAS appliances are often used as file servers , whereas SANs are used for structured data stored in databases. In contrast, NAS storage usually exposes storage as a file system , although some NAS appliances support block storage.
There has been much consolidation in the SAN vendor market, and it is now dominated by some of the largest IT companies. EMC was the storage array market leader, and Dell EMC now generates the most revenue and has the broadest storage systems portfolio.
IBM and Hitachi focus mainly on large enterprises and mainframe-attached storage, although they have broadened their portfolio with flash arrays for open systems. Hitachi Vantara positions its storage arrays to focus on internet of things IoT data.
Switching and HBA vendors have also consolidated. Brocade's major FC rival is Cisco, which is also the leader in Ethernet networking. downloading a SAN system can be a real challenge. Read our expert advice to help you decide if your organization would benefit from a SAN or if another storage architecture would be a better fit.
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