Two great reasons to consider virtualizing your NAS systems: file content is growing at an unprecedented rate and the capacity limitation of most NAS systems typically results in multiple, isolated pools of file storage. You can virtualize your NAS systems with an appliance, with software that runs on a server or in the array itself. We describe the pros and cons of each approach, and suggest when each is most appropriate.
10 Tips for Fine-Tuning Your Storage Network
Storage networking is the most-often overlooked connective tissue that ties servers to storage. The technology has always had its own particular intricacies, but it's now getting even more complex with virtualized servers, mixed storage environments and multiprotocol arrays. We'll look at the most likely causes of poor network performance and describe how these bottlenecks can be alleviated.
Quality Awards V: Midrange Arrays
In this fifth installment of our Quality Awards survey program, storage users rate the field of midrange storage arrays for service and reliability. We focus on five key areas: sales-force competence, initial product quality, product features, reliability and technical support. In our four previous Quality Awards for midrange arrays, StorageTek, EqualLogic, Compellent and Dell came out on top.
This was first published in August 2010