(z n ing) (n.)
The process of allocating resources in a SAN
to load balance
connected to the network
. Zoning allows the network administrator to separate the SAN into units and allocate storage to those units based on need. Zoning protects the SAN system from such threats as viruses
, data corruption and malicious hackers
as the devices in their respective zones are not able to communicate outside the zone through their ports
unless given permission.