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SAN Devices

Affordable Storage Area Network (SAN) Solutions

SAN devices are typically used to attach a remote data storage device to a computer. These devices are typically disk arrays, optical back-up systems, or tape librairies. When SAN devices are attached to a computer they show up in the operating system as a logical device. Today, Storage Area Networks solutions are most commonly implemented via the Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP). FCP is a transport protocol which is similiar to TCP that predominantly transports SCSI commands over Fibre Channel networks.

When Storage Area Networking first started, prices were way out of reach for most people operating on a tight budget. Today, a lot of SAN solutions are still out of reach for some looking to deploy an effective SAN solution. Aspen Systems Direct has unbeatable pricing on fibre channel dual controller RAID SAN systems that puts SAN technology within anyone's reach.




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Promise Technology VTE310fD, VTRAKE310F-Dual 2U, 4GB Fibre Channel, Dual Controller, 12 SAS/SATA RAID

Promise Technology VTE310fD, VTRAKE310F-Dual 2U, 4GB Fibre Channel, Dual Controller, 12 SAS/SATA RAID

Price $6,090.00

Promise Technology VTE310fS, VTRAKE310F-Single 2U, 4GB Fibre Channel, Single Controller 12 SAS/SATA RAID

Promise Technology VTE310fS, VTRAKE310F-Single 2U, 4GB Fibre Channel, Single Controller 12 SAS/SATA RAID

Price $4,143.00

Promise Technology VTE610fD, Vtrak X10 E610F 3U, 4GB Fibre Channel, Single Controller, 16 SAS/SATA RAID

Promise Technology VTE610fD, Vtrak X10 E610F 3U, 4GB Fibre Channel, Single Controller, 16 SAS/SATA RAID

Price $6,692.00

Promise Technology, Vtrak X10 E610F 3U, 4GB Fibre Channel, Single Controller, 16 SAS/SATA RAID

Promise Technology, Vtrak X10 E610F 3U, 4GB Fibre Channel, Single Controller, 16 SAS/SATA RAID

Price $4,732.00




Introduction to SANs

Are you looking for a SAN or a Storage Network for your business? Nobody has more experience designing, building and delivering SAN solutions, from the ground-up, than Aspen Systems. Since 1983, Aspen Systems has been delivering high-performance (HPC) computing and storage network solutions to high profile companies around the globe. Our systems engineers have been at the very forefront of SAN technology since the concept was first introduced to mainstream, enterprise business many decades ago. Today's business enterprise is fortunate enough to have a number of solutions to choose from for their SAN needs. Unfortunately, such a diverse set of choices can also complicate the SANs selection process. Aspen Systems is here to help you choose SANs that makes the most sense for your business. Building the right SANs solution requires that we gain a full understanding of your business technology, applications, geography, operations and budget. The right hardware selection hinges on our vendor and customer relationships. While Aspen Systems has a large selection of, white-box SANs to choose from, we recognize that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to a storage area network. With new and emerging interconnect and storage technologies in the marketplace, customization and specific design requirements come into play. It pays to come to an industry leader to build the relationship and SAN solution that works best for your organization.

What is a SAN?

The term, SAN, stands for Storage Area Network. The SAN is a high-speed, interconnection, network or sub-network which connects pools of data storage across a larger area of networked users. Because of the internet, a SAN can resemble either a close, local area network storage device or be remotely connected to other storage pools across the globe. Remote SAN storage can be used for data backup, archival purposes or off-site data mirroring. Off-site SAN storage is one of the ways an enterprise business or cloud provider can provide an immediate disaster recovery plan in the event of a local outage or other types of data disasters. Fast interconnection is the key ingredient in existing SAN technologies. For networking storage, today's SANS make use of a variety of different types of networks; namely Fibre Channel or iSCSI.

Brief SAN History

Though the concept of SANs based storage has been around for decades, it wasn't until a few years ago that useable SAN technology became realized and fully embraced by enterprise business. Faster interconnect speeds, internet protocols and advancements in software and virtualization have placed both local and remote SAN technology at the very forefront of storage utilization by enterprise business. With today's blistering fast connection speeds, the advancement of drive performance and larger capacities, the full benefits of SANs are being realized, world-wide.

iSCSI vs Fibre Channel Storage for SANS

For years, Fibre Channel or (FC) has been the interconnect transmission choice for SANs or Storage Networks. An increasingly popular choice for SANs is iSCSI which represents a less expensive option for transmitting data. Both iSCSI and Fibre Channel have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to comparing cost vs. performance. Which technology is best for an organization's storage area network greatly depends on your infrastructure and network. iSCSI or (Internet SCSI is a protocol which uses Ethernet technology to create storage networks. Fibre Channel is a high speed interconnection technology for transferring data between two or more devices. Both iSCSI and Fibre Channel present their own set of security methods. Aspen Systems can help you decide which network technology is best for your own SAN/s.

Aspen Systems SANs

Custom configured and fully tested SANs Storage Network Systems from Aspen Systems Direct provide the extreme reliability needed by today's transaction, database, analytics and scientific systems at astonishingly low prices. We deliver award-winning rackmount SAN systems from Promise Technology and Huawei Symantec that will stand up to the most intensive data applications and make your budget look fantastic.

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