What Does Storage Area Network Server Mean?
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.
Techopedia Explains Storage Area Network Server
A SAN server is like a standard high-end server but is pre-equipped with:
- Bulk storage drives
- Multiple high-speed Internet/Ethernet/network access ports and interface
- SAN management utilities and applications
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.