Gartner Research

NAS and SAN: Technology Overview

Published: 28 August 2003

ID: G0097417

Analyst(s): Nick Allen, April Adams , Pushan Rinnen , James E. Opfer


Both network-attached storage and storage area networks have gained momentum in the last few years. But what are they really? How do they differ? And how are models converging?

Table Of Contents
  • Technology Basics
    • Direct-Attached Storage
    • Network-Attached Storage
    • Storage Area Networks
    • How NAS and SANs are Converging
  • Technology Analysis
    • Business Use
    • Standards
  • Technology Leaders
    • BlueArc (San Jose, California)
    • Dell Computer (Round Rock, Texas)
    • EMC (Hopkinton, Massachusetts)
    • Hewlett-Packard (Palo Alto, California)
    • Hitachi Data Systems (Santa Clara, California)
    • IBM (Armonk, New York)
    • Iomega (San Diego, California)
    • Network Appliance (Sunnyvale, California)
    • Procom Technology (Irvine, California)
    • Snap Appliance. (San Jose, California)
    • Storage Technology (Louisville, Colorado)
    • Sun Microsystems (Palo Alto, California)
    • SAN Component Vendors
  • Technology Alternatives
    • Recommended Gartner Research
  • Insight

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