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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions from Randy Kerns
- Counterpoint: Why is multimode fiber cable used more than single mode fiber cable?
- What is "fabric"?
- Difference between SAN and NAS architecture
- What can we do to optimize copying from a SAN to a regular RAID array?
- What is a LUN, and why do we need one?
- Counterpoint: What topics should user acceptance testing cover?
- Can I share a LUN between a Linux and a Windows server?
- Counterpoint: What kinds of processors are used in NAS?
- Isolating problems in a multi-operating system environment
- Connecting an iSCSI storage solution with a Unix or Windows host
- Which is more popular: NAS or SAN?
- The differences between iFCP and FCIP?
- What is a NAS head?
- Managing iSCSI/FCIP SANs with SRM/HSM products
- Are there any reasons to migrate from NAS to iSCSI?
- The difference between IP storage and iSCSI
- What is HiCopy?
- What is the fastest SAN on the market?
- What is the difference between FCP, FCIP and iFCP?
- Discussing the pros and cons of SAN vs. NAS