Shared storage provides an economical option for meeting the storage demands of multiple-host environments. Shared storage allows for more effective management of storage for a lower total cost because multiple-host storage needs can be consolidated into a few storage systems, resulting in fewer hardware components and fewer physical locations. Heterogeneous storage area networks go a step further by allowing the interconnection of multiple shared storage environments into a single network and enabling single point management of the storage environment. In addition, the consolidated storage becomes available to any host server, regardless of physical location.
Compaq/Digital Shared Storage Overview (Aug 2000)
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