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This article is part of the Vol. 3 No. 5 July 2004 issue of Email storage lessons learned from Citigroup
Simply put, it's imperative to match the kind of storage to the value of the application to lower storage costs. Put another way, cost-effective storage--especially for e-mail and applications on plain vanilla file servers--should provide service levels just above what's needed. Newer technologies, such as Serial ATA (SATA) drives and iSCSI connectivity, offer more ways to fine-tune your storage environment and save money by not overprovisioning storage. Best practices for e-mail storage Optimize capacity over performance Use pooled SAN storage (avoid DAS) Use storage virtualization for easy and fast expandability Use bigger disk drives at any performance level Use RAID 5 for best cost/capacity ratio Name directories and files with historical context, change locations periodically Multiplex (oversubscribe) e-mail servers 15:1 on SAN storage Use e-mail archiving software Document archiving operations Use WORM tape or CAS disk technology for e-mail archives Tuning e-mail storage E-mail is one of the fastest growing applications in terms of storage capacity. ... Access >>>
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