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Problem solve

Get help with specific problems with your technologies, process and projects.

  • How does content-addressed storage differ from backup?

    The term content-addressed storage (CAS) refers to systems that store data in such a way that an object cannot be duplicated or modified once it has been stored. In this tip, Russ Fellows discusses how CAS differs from backups and how this ... Continue Reading

  • Troubleshooting SAN performance issues

    SAN troubleshooting is tough because good design is not always obvious and Fibre Channel standards make interoperability a concern. This tip will review some common problem areas with SANs, describe how to diagnose problems and offer some ... Continue Reading

  • Tiered storage for SMBs

    If an SMB hasn't already deployed an iSCSI SAN or NAS filers, they're probably about to. This tip discusses how SMBs can increase the cost savings of consolidating storage by implementing tiers of storage instead of throwing everything on the same ... Continue Reading

  • Moving from DAS to NAS

    As the volume of data and the number of users in SMBs grow, direct-attached storage (DAS) becomes harder to manage. In this tip, Rick Cook discusses how SMBs can benefit from adding storage to their existing networks in the form of NAS. Continue Reading

  • Data storage security issues for SMBs

    Federal compliance is as complex for the SMB as it is for the large enterprise. This tip discusses how your business can implement a secure business and technology storage environment to ensure it meets the required standards. Continue Reading

  • How to boot from a SAN

    Not too long ago, the idea of storing a server's operating system on the SAN was treated with skepticism. Now, with the growing adoption of iSCSI storage, some SMBs moving to networked storage are reconsidering having their servers boot from shared ...Continue Reading

  • Reduce storage spending with effective data management

    SMBs can achieve significant data storage savings by getting a better handle on data management, and the earlier you start the better.Continue Reading

  • Data protection for virtual server environments

    The loss of a physical server that supports multiple virtual machines can have a very significant impact on SMBs and all of the applications supported on those servers. Check out this tip to learn how your business can re-architect its data ...Continue Reading

  • Is an email archiving service right for your business?

    Many SMBs haven't realized that all emails are business records that need to be properly managed. While doing nothing originally incurs no cost, when a breach occurs, the real cost of doing nothing is revealed. This tip discusses the various email ...Continue Reading

  • How to consolidate NAS boxes

    By now, we all know that network-attached storage (NAS) can provide benefits for small-midsized businesses (SMBs). However, managing more than a few NAS devices quickly becomes a burden, swapping the value out of NAS simplicity. This tip discusses ...Continue Reading

  • Data footprint reduction for SMBs

    For SMBs wanting to address green storage issues, as well as data management issues, establishing a holistic data footprint reduction strategy is a must. This tip discusses how your business can address these issues while boosting overall data and ...Continue Reading

  • Improve your storage energy efficiency

    SMBs are increasingly facing energy challenges. With IT budgets being stretched thin, this tip discusses how SMBs can implement energy efficient solutions to maximize budgets, help the environment and qualify for energy incentive rebates.Continue Reading

  • Determining the number of drives in a RAID group

    How many drives in a RAID group will it take to give you the performance you need for a database or email or file server, or for that new VMware implementation?Continue Reading

  • iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel: What is best choice for your SAN?

    What is the best choice for a SAN in SMBs? This tip discusses the technologies that best meet the performance, ease of use, manageability, total package and TCO requirements of SMBs.Continue Reading

  • Determining the right SAN protocol

    Which transports and protocols should you use in your SAN? Here are suggestions on when to use iSCSI, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand.Continue Reading