StorageTek last week cemented itself as a major player in the emerging market of storage area networks (SANs) with the announcement of two new products in its StorageNet family of networking devices.
According to Joan Wrabetz, vice president and general manager of StorageTek's network systems group, SANs are set to revolutionise the way companies deploy and manage storage.
Wrabetz said that, in five years' time, as much as half of all storage will be attached to a SAN, instead of running directly through a server.
StorageTek last week introduced the StorageNet Access Hub and the Fibre Channel Hub 1000 for high-speed, high bandwidth Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loops (FC-Als).
Wrabetz said the StorageNet range of products are designed to relieve traffic on the user network by routing storage traffic through a back-up network. This allows the user to get improved application performance as non user-oriented traffic travels via the SAN, she said.
Wrabetz said StorageTek's SAN technology currently supports Fibre Channel connectivity, however the company's long term strategy involves developing a heterogeneous network environment for all forms of connectivity and storage.
The benefits of implementing a SAN include reduced cost of ownership and improved storage management issues, Wrabetz said.