Network Storage Technologies 101
Effectively using network storage technologies is a crucial part of any data storage management strategy. Simply relying on hard drives, JBODs or other types of local storage just isn't enough to protect the integrity of business-critical data. Network storage can be used to host the data generated by a business' servers and PCs and provide the base for data protection.
A wide range of large and small vendors offer partner programs for network storage, including Hewlett-Packard, EMC, Dell, IBM, NetApp and more. But it's important to know the technologies that comprise a storage network. With a little help from CRN's Channel Encyclopedia, here's a look at some network storage technologies, including NAS gateways, Fibre Channel SANs and RAID arrays.