Premium Content

Access "SAN-attached storage provides fast access at a high cost"

Jon Gaasedelen Published: 07 Jun 2013

This is the second in a series of tips exploring cloud computing in healthcare. The first tip in the series looked at cloud services in general and the uses of network-attached storage. In this tip, the uses of storage area networks are explored. Read the first tip here. Storage area network storage, or SAN-attached storage, is a critical kind of storage to an organization. Its main components are storage arrays approximately the size of a large commercial air conditioner. These arrays are connected to multiple connection hubs (called switches), which are connected to servers through multiple input/output ports. Redundancy at all points is a best practice for a SAN because it reduces the risk of failure. This concept is very important because a SAN-attached storage server writes data directly to an external hard drive through a maze of wires and cables. Whenever a server writes data to disks, it has to know that the data was written successfully to the disk before it will proceed to other operations. This protection is a carryover from the earliest days of ... Access >>>

Access TechTarget
Premium Content for Free.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

What's Inside


More Premium Content Accessible For Free

  • Confront the problem with healthcare data storage

    State and federal data-retention regulations and an ever-increasing volume of data -- with imaging data as the biggest culprit -- are creating a big ...

  • VDI environments aim to address mobile devices, remote workers

    As health systems grapple with a host of new problems -- among them complications from HIPAA compliance regulations -- providers are actively seeking...

  • 2014 ONC certification standards put pressure on EHR rollouts

    Many healthcare provider CIOs are struggling with two new EHR upgrades for 2014 ONC certification standards. With a deadline fast approaching for ICD...