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Vol. 4 No. 10 December 2005

NAS consolidation options

There are four main ways to consolidate NAS. The approach you take depends on your storage environment, as well as your management and performance requirements. There's an old but regrettably true saw: The first NAS box installs without a hitch, but the more filers you install the more your problems grow. Consolidating NAS brings huge benefits to your storage environment: reduced management activity, improved performance, increased storage capacity and it frees data center floor space. There are four basic ways to consolidate NAS data: The traditional approach, where you buy bigger and better versions of the NAS gateways and/or integrated NAS filers you already own. Clustered file systems, which provide high-performance access to file- system data for companies with large compute clusters. Parallel file systems, similar to clustered file systems, provide concurrent access to a single file across a number of nodes operating in parallel. NAS aggregators that can be used to consolidate data across a number of distinct NAS filers (...

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Features in this issue

  • Hot Technologies for 2006

    by  Alan Radding

    Storage's editors considered a wide range of technologies before settling on the five that we feel will be the hottest storage technologies for 2006. Among the many technologies available to storage shops, we see e-mail archiving, midrange arrays, virtual tape and disk-based backup, SAS/SATA drives and remote office support emerging as the technologies that will be most in demand next year.

  • Larger SANs drive storage growth

    Storage's exclusive Purchasing Intentions Survey polled 524 storage professionals. The survey suggests that storage managers are moving away from many small SANs to fewer, larger SANs that can power more services and connect to more places.

  • NAS consolidation options

    There are four main ways to consolidate NAS--upgrading to larger traditional NAS boxes, clustered file systems, parallel file systems and NAS aggregators. We help you determine the best consolidation option for your storage environment.

  • The future of virtual machine backup

  • Get ready for virtualization

    The benefits of virtualization are apparent, but getting there is another matter. Many products can deliver some form of virtualization, but behind the promises of storage utopia looms vendor lock-in. But even if the rewards are greater than the risks, you still need to assess which virtualization options are mature enough to deploy.

Columns in this issue

  • Storage trends for 2006: iSCSI and security

    by  Jon Oltsik

    Part one of Jon Oltsik's predictions for the top storage trends of 2006 are revealed. Keep an eye on smart storage networks, iSCSI and security.

  • Storage market is a soap opera

    Storage Bin: The storage market is a soap opera filled with subplots and backstabbing. But trying to win business by lying about your competitor's product or service is a loser's maneuver.

  • Get ready for real ILM

    ILM product initiatives today generally amount to little more than repackaging old products with new names, says Stephen Foskett. But you can still get ready for real ILM with tiered storage, consolidation and a service-oriented approach.

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