Storage And Applications: Tales From The Trenches

May 2004
Business Communications Review;May2004, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p52
Trade Publication
When it comes to storage area networks (SAN), the latest technologies and trends continue to get most of the press coverage, even as information technology organizations are still holding the line on spending. Application brownouts are among the most persistent and annoying problems that many customers face. In fact, this problem percolates below the surface in most, if not all datacenters. Figuring out how to avoid or rapidly mitigate application brownouts would go a long way toward improving performance and return on investment. Although the SAN is not always the culprit for application brownouts, it is a key place for gathering intelligence on such problems, since every data request and every data response transits the SAN. In other words, the SAN can be part of the problem or part of the solution. Limiting brownout occurrences can only be achieved through an architectural approach to storage networks. INSET: How Can Congestion Be Good?.


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