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10 quick and easy ways to boost storage performance
This article is part of the IT in Europe issue of December 2011
Don't let capacity concerns or virtualized servers bog down the performance of your storage systems. Here are 10 ways to pump up the performance of your storage arrays and networks. Given the choice between fine-tuning data storage for capacity or for performance, most data storage managers would choose the latter. Tips and tricks to boost storage speed are common, but they're not all equally effective in every environment. A variety of products and technologies do have great potential for many shops, from optimizing server-side access to improving the storage-area network (SAN). We'll look at some effective, but often overlooked, methods to speed up storage system performance. Networked storage is incredibly complex, requiring a diverse set of hardware and software elements to interoperate smoothly. Not surprisingly, one of the most common causes of slow storage performance is the misconfiguration or actual failure of one or more of these components. Therefore, the first place to look for better performance is in the existing ...
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