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Storage area network

A storage area network (SAN) is a specially designed network architecture for attaching remote storage devices to servers in such a way that the devices appear as local disks attached to the operating systems. Any common device connected to the network can't simply access SAN. Only after the filesystems are built on the SAN, can they be utilized as NAS or file-sharing servers, based on whichever service is configured. Special equipment such as Fibre switches and directors are n...

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