Next-generation optical storage area networks: the light-trails approach

  title={Next-generation optical storage area networks: the light-trails approach},
  author={Ashwin Gumaste and Si-Qing Zheng},
  journal={IEEE Communications Magazine},
Multiple architectures, technologies, and standards have been proposed for storage area networks, typically in the WAN environment. The transport aspect of storage signifies that optical communications is the key underlying technology. The contemporary SAN over optical network concept uses the optical layer for pure transport with minimal intelligence. This leads to high cost and overprovisioning. Future optical networks, however, can be expected to play a role in optimizing SAN extension into… CONTINUE READING
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