Dedupe in Primary Storage
Data deduplication has taken its place in backup operations, with more and more shops adding this capability daily. But primary storage can also reap the benefits of data reduction, with the potential for even greater savings. Still, only a handful of companies offer primary storage data reduction technologies; see who they are, how they're doing it and what kind of results their implementations yield.
Keeping Tabs on Storage Systems: Key Metrics to Manage
A few years ago, storage resource management (SRM) looked like the answer to the problem of monitoring and maintaining complex storage systems. But big, all-encompassing SRM tools were often too unwieldy for everyday storage administration. We describe the key storage system metrics you need to monitor and maintain, and the tools that can help you do it.
Tapping the Power of Director-Class Switches
Director-class switches are a lot more than just really big switches with lots of ports. They provide great throughput, configuration flexibility and can host a number of advanced applications. This article surveys the director switches currently available, describes their capabilities, shows how they can improve network management and suggests where they can be used most effectively.And don't miss our monthly columns and commentary, or the results of our Snapshot reader survey.
This was first published in March 2010