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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 14. The Future of SAN

The future of storage networking is being shaped by a spectrum of existing and emergent technologies and the real-world applications they are designed to serve. Foretelling the future of anything is at best an educated guess, but the history of IT has repeatedly shown the path that any successful technology will inevitably take. This chapter speculates on the future of SANs as it might unfold over the next few years.

Integration of SANs into Mainstream Networking

The historical trend of successful information technologies is toward ubiquitous deployment, enhanced functionality, and lower total cost of acquisition and operation; or, put simply, more, better, and cheaper. The Internet, for example, would not be possible ...

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