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Designing Storage Area Networks: A Practical Reference for Implementing Fibre Channel and IP SANs, Second Edition by Tom Clark

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Chapter 12. Application Studies

Although storage networks share common components in the form of servers, storage, and interconnection devices, the configuration of a SAN is determined by the upper-layer application it supports. A post-production video editing application may have different requirements than a high-availability OLTP (on-line transaction processing) application. Server-free tape backup applications may employ unique hardware and software products that would not appear in a SAN designed to support server clustering. Because SANs offer the flexibility of networking, however, you can satisfy the needs of multiple applications within a single shared storage configuration.

The application studies in this chapter examine SAN installations ...

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