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Guilder's message on FiberChannel SAN vs. directly connected NAS over ethernet, FastEthernet GigabitEtherbet is looking well into the future. A good contrasting article in the latest Network Magazine (Nov. 99) by Anita Karve' sums up the differences very well and is more relevant to todays network managers. In addition to pointing out that NAS vendors only offer FastEthernet (100M) and cannot provide redundancy for each other, she states:

"Another Downside to NAS is the lask of cohesion amoung sorage devices. While disk arrrays and tape drives are on the LAN, managing the devices can prove challenging since they are separate entities and not logically tied together. NAS has its place as a viable storage architecture, but larger enterprises need something a few steps beyond."

In disclosure; I am a subsriber to GTR and have been very satisfied with the information and outlook provided. We need to remember that GG looks way down the pipe (that sparkly optic one anyway). Well worth reading other points of view.

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