Introduction to Storage Networking
What is Storage Networking About?
What is a SAN?
“A network whose primary purpose is the transfer of
data between computer systems and storage
elements and among storage elements …. A SAN
consists of a communication infrastructure, which
provides physical connections, and a management
layer, which organizes the connections, storage
elements, and computer systems so that data
transfer is secure and robust.”
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a non-profit trade
association dedicated to "ensuring that storage networks become complete
and trusted solutions across the IT community” by:
Sponsoring technical work groups
Co-producing the Storage Networking World conference series
Maintaining a vendor-neutral Technology Centre in Colorado Springs
Promoting activities that expand the breadth and quality of the storage
SNIAs definition of a SAN addresses information storage, information
interconnects, and information logistics.