Shared Digital Storage
Why Shared Storage?
The Short Answer:
To save time and money, improve workflow efficiency and make you money.
The Long Answer:
For many years, digital storage has been directly attached to, or embedded in, workstations (computers). Direct-attach storage works fine if you work completely alone, don't care much about storage efficiency, and don't need to share your data. If you work in a team as a member of a workgroup as more of us do everyday; you want to save storage dollars as economic realities require of us more and more; or need to share data efficiently for workflow to be truly productive; then direct-attach storage is no longer an option. Direct-attach storage forces you to physically "swap" storage devices, a process commonly known as "sneakernet". This leads us to acquire excess storage, or slowly "stream" high bandwidth data between workstations. These outdated models become "old crutches" when applied as solutions and are extremely inefficient from a workflow perspective; they are costly from a storage perspective, and highly dangerous from a data integrity point of view. The cure for all this high cost high risk behavior is the SAN solution: The storage area network is a centralized pool of high-speed, shared storage that is efficiently networked to provide an environment in which working together is simple, efficient and profitable - - the fastest of these solutions is the Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN).