Access "Modular vs. Monolithic"
This article is part of the Vol. 1 No. 7 September 2002 issue of Managing data storage for remote employees
Life is full of choices. Should you, for example, buy a big-box storage system from a single vendor or mix and match open system components? Remember, however, as your first-grade teacher annoyingly preached: "With every choice, there's a consequence." And any choice offers pros and cons on each side of the issue. Monolithic and modular storage both take advantage of the movement toward network storage through consolidation, scalability, performance, availability and a better return on investment. Comparison of modular & monolithic There are strong benefits for each design - the hard part is choosing. KEY STORAGE ATTRIBUTES MODULAR MONOLITHIC Availability and reliability Implementations should have path failover/redundancy in host I/O path, switch and storage components (dual drive bus, dual controllers, fans, power supplies, and hot spare drive(s) for immediate RAID rebuild process in the event of any disk failure). Remote mirroring and snapshot/backup techniques are available. Validates cluster server testing. Robust failover and availability. Initially ... Access >>>
Premium Content for Free.
- Few options for disaster-proof storage
IBM's Shark stays afloat
Recent enhancements should keep Shark afloat for a while longer.
- Data growth not in vain at NCSA
- Free of Fibre Channel baggage, firm builds IP SAN
Modular vs. Monolithic
by Julie Ryan
Modular's price is attractive and features have steadily grown, but modular still has advantages for some scenarios.
EMC takes a stab at storage consulting services
EMC is expanding its professional services group to offer platform-independent consulting.
Looking for storage enlightenment?
Managing storage at the edge
by Eric Knorr
As the amount of off-site workers and data increases, you'll need everything from replicating software to USB drives to keep pace.
What Will Succeed DDS for the Low-end Tape Throne?
Last year, manufacturers of Digital Data Storage (DDS) tape announced they would discontinue any further development of the 8mm technology.
- Comings, Goings
Pick the right ATA array for backup
by W. Curtis Preston
Pick the right ATA array for backup
Penny per megabyte NAS here to stay
Priced in the penny per megabyte range, networked storage is within reach of all but the smallest mom and pops.
Optimizing LAN-free backup
by Marc Farley
To get the most out of LAN-free backup, zero in on performance capabilities and constraints.
Seven steps to backup and restore
by Ed Palmer
As backup and recovery becomes increasingly difficult to manage, creating a backup and restore plan is becoming more necessary.
The road to practical SAN security
by Benjamin Kuo
The spread of SANs has created a growing number of security products that address specific Achilles' heels, from authentication to transmission to encryption.
- What Will Succeed DDS for the Low-end Tape Throne?
How to select and implement a tape library - effectively
by James Damoulakis
Select and implement a tape library - effectively.
Make your SAN administrator's life easier with Brocade's Fabric Manager
by Darryl Brooks
Make your SAN administrator's life easier with Brocade's Fabric Manager.
Andiamo: Now you see it, now you don't
Storage Bin - Andiamo: Now you see it, now you don't
by Mark Schlack
Snapshot: What do you want from storage vendors?
What do you want from storage vendors?
- How to select and implement a tape library - effectively by James Damoulakis
More Premium Content Accessible For Free
Big data infrastructure and analytics are some of the hottest technology topics today, and it can sometimes seem impossible to dissect and digest all...
Mobile workers are now accessing, creating and modifying data on ultra-portable devices such as smartphones, tablets and phablets. Most companies ...
Solid-state storage is proliferating as a replacement for hard disk drives, where it offers a quick shift into the fast lane of storage processing. ...