Randy Kerns is a partner at Evaluator Group, Boulder, Colorado, and is responsible for storage-area network and network-attached storage analysis and education, as well as company and product strategies.
Prior to joining Evaluator Group, Randy was the chief technology officer at ProStor; vice president of storage strategy and planning at Sun Microsystems; led the engineering organization in designing disk and tape systems for mainframe attachment at IBM and StorageTek; and designed disk systems for attachment to open systems and proprietary computer platforms at Fujitsu and Tandem Computers.
Randy has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri at Rolla and a master's degree in engineering computer science from the University of Colorado. He has written numerous industry articles and papers and is the author of Planning a Storage Strategy, a book that offers step-by-step guidance on how to build an information storage strategy as part of a larger business process. He most recently authored Information Archiving -- Economics and Compliance, the first book of its kind to explore in depth the archiving of digital information.
You can reach him at email@example.com.
Contributions from Randy Kerns
- NAS vs. PC-based file server
- Migrating data in NAS gateway configurations
- NAS security 2
- Connecting a hard drive to NAS
- Get fault resiliency with NAS clustering
- Five ways to add capacity to a NAS system
- How SMBs can select a NAS system
- NAS: How does a client access files?
- NICs in NAS systems
- NAS vs. DAS
- Creating NAS partitions
- NAS permissions
- NAS appliance vs. homegrown file server
- NAS checkpoints for NFS and CIFS file systems
- NAS: Can you add capacity non-disruptively?
- NFS vs. CIFS for Red Hat Enterprise 4
- SAN vs. NAS: A diagram of the differences
- NAS for file storage: Pros and cons
- NAS backup: What are my options?
- NAS and DB backups