World's 5 largest SANs

Print Friendly, PDF & Email is hunting for the world’s five largest SANs. The list so far?

  • JPMorganChase
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • NASA
  • San Diego Supercomputer Center
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

DoD? Hey, that’s us! Not really…this is the enterprise side of DoD, not the HPC side, and it dwarfs anything we’ve got in HPC. It’s a meta-SAN

A key element of Meta SAN is its ability to tie together disparate islands of storage right across the DoD.

How big is it?

Described by Brocade as “one of the largest consolidated enterprise storage networks in the world,” the DoD deal calls for that vendor to supply a total of 17,000 Fibre Channel switch ports, although reVision’s general manager Shawn Landry tells Byte and Switch that this figure is now closer to 20,000. “We have been scaling pretty well,” he says. “It’s probably over 700 switches in total and just under 60 directors.”


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  1. There are a few other honorable mentions as well… my favorite being NOAA. GFDL has over 13PB on tape and some fairly large disk farms attached to their machines. They would certainly make it in the top 10.