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Top 10 tips for tuning your storage network
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 9 Num. 6 September 2010
Storage performance issues are often not related to the storage system at all, but rather to the storage network that links servers to disk arrays. These 10 tips will help you find and fix the bottlenecks in your storage network infrastructure. Every so often there's a moment of calm in a data storage manager's life where nothing is broken and there aren't any fires to put out. As rarely as these times might occur, the momentary calm should be taken advantage of rather than savored. This is your opportunity to get some of the kinks out of your storage network so you can eliminate the next emergency before it happens or just be better prepared when it does. We spoke with experts from storage networking vendors -- Brocade, Cisco, Emulex and Virtual Instruments -- to discuss what storage managers should do to prepare their storage networks for the future and to maximize their investments. The first few tips that follow have more to do with being prepared than actually tinkering with your storage-area network (SAN), but all of our ...
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