Storage Smarts Answer #41: Incorporate all servers

Storage Smarts Answer #41: Incorporate all servers into the SAN

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

SAN expert Chris Poelker recently listed his six-step prescription for SAN backup. Listed below are four of those step but which one is NOT one of the six?
a. Consolidate your server environment using clustering for better availability with fewer servers
b. Incorporate all servers into the SAN
c. Use SAN based storage for file services if you can
d. For remote servers, if your network supports it, use iSCSI connections into the SAN to consolidate backup across the enterprise

Were you correct? This week's answer is:
b. Incorporate all servers into the SAN

Learn more:

--> 625,sid5_cid511508_tax286192,00.html>According to Chris, you should only incorporate servers into the SAN for SAN backup that are critical servers or have tons of storage requirements. These high capacity servers will kill your network if you back them up over the LAN.

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This was first published in March 2003

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