The Storage Area Network (SAN) Service provides raw storage which does not include any formatting or file structures. This is best for departmental servers which need large amounts (over 500GB) of storage. These servers will generally need to be managed by departmental administrators rather than IT Services staff, unless IT Services are already managing the server as part of one of our other Service Products.
The Staff Filestore service and Student Filestore Service use ITS host servers to provide a complete usable file structure to desktop workstations. The files and folders are made available directly to customers' workstations, usually as additional drive letters.