Storage Networking Architectures
Storage Transport Protocols
Networks are designed to dynamically adjust to changing environments
in which the number and configuration of devices on the network are
expected to change.
Because networks route data through complex and changing paths, end-
to-end latency can be significantly higher than in a channel.
Networks generally use a serial architecture, which supports high
speeds and long distances.
In a network, more decision-making tasks must be performed on-the-fly
in order to route data through the network. These tasks are performed
mainly by software running on each host, consuming CPU cycles on
each host and delaying the delivery of the data.