Advantages of using SAN Storage
Disk Utilization Improved
The primary advantage of using Storage Area Network (SAN) is the improved disk utilization. The storage availability contained within a centralized manner allows everything to be managed as one single entity. Doing so allows you to be at a great advantage to muster up various pools of resources for storage placed at network levels, as well as assigning the storage at an intellectual degree to any and all server applications. Missing out on SAN storage leaves your business with practicing old traditions consisting of buying a lot of disks and drives that just get stuck into an expensive server. Furthermore, this shows your business as choosing cost-effective means as disk space gets wasted since most of the enterprise applications might not be needed for available space at all times.
SAN Disaster Recovery – Failover
When there are critical servers in your data center/ IT department that runs applications that cannot be shut off at any time, then having a data continuity solution is imperative. When a potential disaster strikes, this can act as a failover. A SAN based disaster recovery solution becomes the solid choice in this scenario. As any business, the amount of downtime is critical when any sort of disaster strikes, and a SAN solution effectively reduces downtime to mitigate any potential loss. Application Availability Improved
A SAN solution will serve the certain applications that require high availability. Overtime, scenarios may arise where certain applications fail due to the corruption of data or faulty hardware/software. Within a storage array of a SAN, data consistency is ensured through data protection algorithms which are set to the peak.
Less backup time
When backups are taking too long to complete within an enterprise or data storage environment, SAN solutions are the go-to deployment for these situations. SAN technology deems itself unique due to the capability of duplicating data copy’s in virtually no time. With such duplicates they can serve as a backup for your data, making it a valuable solution. Backups running with SAN allow you to run them at any time you choose, for any duration based on your business’ needs.
A SAN provides the capability of a redundant array of disks that are viewed as a local volume from the servers that are attached to it. This is for high availability with fast disk input/output performances compared to a Network Area Storage (NAS). SAN’s are among the common virtualization clusters that give out centralized access to databases that are heavily input/output intensive.