In addition, an intelligent SAN appliance can support JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks
) disks delivering open-systems storage support, allowing Internet and other IT administrators to take advantage of economies of scale, while eliminating vendor lock-in.
All RAID disk arrays provide storage, but so does "just a bunch of disks
." Clearly, anyone can pile boxes on boxes to meet your total storage requirements.
Aside from JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks
) configurations, in which RAID technology is not applied, almost all data is stored using RAID levels 0, 1, 5, or an advanced RAID level.
Most Fibre Channel arrays sold are actually JBOD ("Just a Bunch Of Disks
") and most users of Fibre Channel use them in JBOD or host-based RAID 0.