The decision to upgrade an existing SAN (storage area network) infrastructure involves a variety of factors, some related to business processes and others related to technology choices. Customers need to evaluate whether everything is working adequately and whether the SAN requires changes to any of its components, including servers, switches, storage systems and applications. If the SAN infrastructure is handling current workloads efficiently and is expected to adequately support anticipated growth, then an infrastructure upgrade is not needed in the near term. However, if business and data are growing at a rapid pace, or if network and application performance is becoming an issue, a change is probably warranted before performance degradation occurs.
Data center and technology drivers such as multicore processors, high-density servers, increased performance in server I/O, SSD storage arrays and server virtualization are driving the need for increased performance and bandwidth. 16GFC delivers the following benefits that support these technology trends.