Storage-area network vendors make progress toward solving interoperability woes, but analysts caution do-it-your-selfers to consider the turnkey approach.
Stories by Charles Clark
More than two years after storage vendors introduced the concept of the storage-area network (SAN) as a high-performance alternative to server-based storage, interoperability remains the major implementation problem.
Despite the well-documented problems relating to interoperability and management of storage-area networks, many companies have successfully implemented SAN projects.
Soon after Don Cawthorne accepted the position of disaster recovery systems officer for Northern Trust Co., he found himself facing a variety of technical and political problems.
Assuming you can get a storage-area network up and running, the next problem is managing your SAN.