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Top 10 SAN/NAS technical tips of 2004

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This year, you were interested in building SANs from the ground up. Tips on SAN design, documentation, low-cost technologies such as iSCSI and basic zoning techniques drew well. The evolution of NAS -- the other storage networking option -- also grabbed your attention.

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 Top 10 SAN/NAS technical tips of 2004
1. How to document a SAN
By Rick Cook
If you and your entire staff get hit by a bus tomorrow, a storage professional completely unfamiliar with your system should be able to come in and replicate it using the documentation. That's a high standard, but meeting it will save you and your successors a lot of work.
2. A beginner's guide to iSCSI
By Simon Gordon
After five years of working with Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs), I have personally been quite confused about iSCSI, about exactly what it really does and more importantly how it works and how we can actually use it to solve real customer problems. So here, after a busy few months talking to a lot of people on the subject, are a few of my own views.
3. Learning guide to SAN-based backups
By Michele Hope
While SANs can provide a world of benefits, backing up a myriad of servers to a SAN can be tricky if not approached correctly.
4. Building a SAN from A to Z
By Robyn Lorusso
To begin architecting your SAN, a variety of elements need to be considered: How large a SAN can or should you build? What overriding framework will you use to manage the SAN? Which type of switch and HBA driver is best for your environment? Should you consider a SAN/NAS hybrid? To help answer these and other SAN architecture questions, we've compiled the following collection of expert advice, tips and white papers.
5. SAN topologies, part 1: Know your switch options
By Simon Gordon
Storage area network (SAN) topologies are vital to choosing a switch vendor: When do you use big switches (directors or core switches), when do you use small switches (edge or departmental switches) and should you use a mixture (core-edge design)? Part 1 of this series helps you first determine what size switch is needed.
6. SAN topologies, part 2: How to design your SAN
By Simon Gordon
There is one aspect of SAN design that is in many ways vital when choosing a switch vendor -- SAN topologies. When do you use big switches (directors or core switches), when do you use small switches (edge or departmental switches), and should you use a mixture (core-edge design)? Part 1 of this series helped you determine what size switch is needed. Part 2 discusses how to design your network using different SAN topologies.
7. Zoning, part 1: An overview of zoning
By Simon Gordon
Now that you've read about storage area network topologies and switches, you'll probably turn your attention to zoning. Zoning becomes quite important once your SAN has more than a couple dozen devices.
8. Zoning, part 2: Hard zoning vs. soft zoning
By Simon Gordon
There are a number of terms people use and abuse to identify different zoning approaches and demonstrate advanced functionality. The first thing I must highlight is that, using the definitions I am going to use, hard zoning is not the same as port zoning, and soft zoning is not the same as WWN zoning.
9. Zoning, part 3: Zoning schemas
By Simon Gordon
Now that we understand zoning and how it works to stop servers from mounting all the LUNs it can see in a fabric, lets quickly wrap up by identifying common zoning schemas.
10. Next-generation NAS
By Jerome M. Wendt
For companies trying to enter the network-attached storage (NAS) market, issues such as cost and ease of deployment come into play. For organizations that already have NAS installations, factors such as increasing utilization, backing up data and upgrading management tools will weigh more heavily.
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