This tutorial compares Storage area Network (SAN) technology with previous storage management solutions with particular attention to promised benefits of scalability, interoperability, and high-speed LAN-free backups. The paper provides an overview of what SANs are, why invest in them, and how SANs can be managed. The paper also discusses a primary management concern, the interoperability of vendor-specific SAN solutions. Bluefin, a storage management interface and interoperability solution is also explained. The paper concludes with discussion of SAN-related trends and implications for practice and research.
Mehta, Manjari and Ives, Blake
"Storage Area Networks,"
Communications of the Association for Information Systems:
Vol. 14, Article 27.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol14/iss1/27