SAN: Agenda: Back to Basics Introduction to SAN Advantages of SAN Disadvantages of SAN What’s coming Next for SAN

Data: Nothing but Facts and figures. (Data are typically the results of measurements and can be visualized using graphs or images.) Information: Meaning ful Data is called information. The terms data, information and knowledge are frequently used for overlapping concepts. The main difference is in the level of abstraction being considered. Data is the lowest level of abstraction, information is the next level, and finally, knowledge is the highest level among all three. Orders of magnitude: Eg: A quantity growing by four orders of magnitude implies it has grown by a factor of 10000 or 104 Peta byteExabyteZetta byteYottabyte Types of storage: (Volatile & Non-Volatile) Volatile: RAM, cache memory, Disk cache Storage has become a necessity in our day to day life. Information that we acquire everyday has to be stored. In the past, we store our information in diskettes and our hard disks. However, due to the increasing requirement for storage capacity, our storage devices seemed not to accommodate our needs.

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