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A storage area network (SAN) server is a type of storage server that provides SAN-based storage infrastructure within an IT environment or enterprise.
A SAN server is a purpose-built server that combines SAN management utilities and SAN infrastructure in a single server, comprising all resources required for deploying, managing and operating a SAN.
A SAN server is like a standard high-end server but is pre-equipped with:
Most SAN servers are modular in design and have the ability to add multiple storage drives or add complete new storage modules. They have built-in firmware and/or operating systems that provide control over the SAN resources. SAN servers can also separate storage capacity for intensive read/write functions.