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Storage Topologies
December 2002 (vol. 35 no. 12)
pp. 56-63
Robert Griswold, Crossroads Systems

As applied to computer storage systems, a topology incorporates specific protocols, transport mechanisms, and physical connections usually associated with advanced storage practices, including internal and external hard drives and their connections, laser- and optical-based rotating and fixed mediums, magnetic tapes, switched networking fabrics, and associated software techniques used to deploy these devices.

Whether internal to a desktop PC or deployed in a large enterprise IT department, most topologies have a common theme. Focusing on how storage topologies are deployed in end-user focused platforms provides a basis for understanding how and why certain devices have migrated toward particular connections. The storage's relative location to the application client usually determines which topology represents the best or simplest solution for a given installation.

Robert Griswold, "Storage Topologies," Computer, vol. 35, no. 12, pp. 56-63, Dec. 2002, doi:10.1109/MC.2002.1106180
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