NAS vs. SAN: Which tool for the job?

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Borrowed features have blurred the distinction between NAS and SAN, but they still have very different applications

If you're like me, you've probably tried at one time or another to drive a nail with the flat side of a wrench or attempted to remove a bolt with a hammer. If you haven't, I'm here to tell you: Don't do it. Listen to my grandfather, who was perhaps a little too fond of the cliche: Use the right tool for the job.

Sometimes, the right choice is not so obvious. Confusion reigns, for example, about the best applications for NAS appliances in the enterprise -- and how they compare to SANs. Adding to that confusion are a growing number of devices that offer both NAS and traditional SAN capability in the same box. As you build your organization's storage strategy, it's important to understand the distinction between the two.

As they say: Never bring a NAS to a SAN fight (or vice versa).

Drawing the line between NAS and SAN

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