Survey says SANs
Network World/EMA survey shows movement toward SAN implementation.
By NICOLE GASPAR
Network World, 10/09/00
Network World readers, especially those with large data storage requirements, are moving toward storage-area networks in a big way, according to a recent survey conducted by Enterprise Management Associates.EMA interviewed 158 Network World readers and found that 58 had no plans to deploy SANs, but the other 100 had deployed a SAN or had SAN plans. Of the 58 with no intention of implementing a SAN, the majority said their storage needs were too small to require one.
Results of the survey
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Of the 100 readers who were implementing SANs, 29% already had a SAN deployed, 12% were in the midst of a SAN rollout, 41% said they expected to put in a SAN within one year, and 18% said they were looking at a SAN within two years. Topping the list of SAN benefits were easy manageability of storage resources, faster data access and higher data availability. About 30% of respondents said they are storing 50G bytes or less on their SAN, although in the next two years, 22% will be storing 100G bytes to 500G bytes of data. More than three-quarters of the survey respondents said they preferred to buy all their SAN components from a single vendor; 58% favored Compaq. Other vendors high on the list were Dell, Cisco and IBM. When it comes to operating systems, 73% of SANs are running on Windows NT, with Windows 2000 expected to pick up ground over the next two years. The majority of respondents (58%) said they would rather do it themselves than hire an outside service provider. But those who did seek outside help said they were looking for a turnkey implementation and ongoing support and service.
|RESULTS OF THE NETWORK WORLD/ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT SURVEY|
From which vendors have you purchased or do you plan to purchase SAN hardware?
|THE PAST, PRESENT AND
FUTURE OF SANs|
What network operating systems are currently part of your SAN implementation? (multiple answers allowed)
|How much data are you
currently storing on your SAN?|
What quantifiable benefits have you seen or do you plan to see from your SAN vs. other storage technologies? (multiple answers allowed)
What services from an integrator or a professional services organization did you receive or are you considering? (multiple answers allowed).
Gaspar is a student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and was a summer intern at Network World.Research: Storage-area networks
Links to information about storage-area networks from Network World Fusion. Newsletter: What does storage management mean today?
Ask six people what they think storage management means and you're likely to get six different answers.
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