Top 10 low-cost storage alerts of 2004 editorial staff

New products and developing technologies made SATA, iSCSI and RAID big hitters on your list of low-cost storage topics. You were also cutting through the hype of vendor promise and finding out just how cheap these offerings really are, and what sacrifices -- performance,

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reliability and so on -- you would have to make to take advantage of them.
 The top 10 low-cost storage alerts
1. Where the SATA vs. SCSI race stands
By Randy Kerns
Question: I am into storage administration and learning about the SAN and NAS environments. There is much talk about SATA storage taking over SCSI. How does SATA differ in its functionality with SCSI?
2. All RAID is not created equal
By Jon William Toigo
While there is nothing wrong with using low-cost arrays as repositories for infrequently modified, but often accessed data or as replication targets or tape backup surrogates, careful attention needs to be paid to the actual components of the arrays.
3. SCSI/FC disk vs. IDE/ATA disk
By Christopher Poelker
Question: Can you please tell me where can I find information that can prove those differences between IDE and SCSI HDD?
4. ISCSI bites into the price of Fibre Channel
By Kevin Komiega
In this interview, Randy Kerns shares some common misconceptions about iSCSI, describes how the technology might change the price of Fibre Channel SANs.
5. SD2003: Disk cost busters: How to leverage low-cost disk solutions
By Alex Barrett
In an ideal world, most data would be compartmentalized as follows: 10% on high-end storage, 40% on midrange storage, and the remainder -- all your "business non-critical data" -- on low-cost storage.
6. Cheap SANs: Hype or not?
By Alex Barrett
There's a lot of talk about cheap SANs for small businesses, but even the vendors' marketing guys admit that until cheaper HBAs and better integrated software come along, it's still a case of "watch this space."
7. Six ways to spend less for enterprise storage
By Carol Hildebrand
Storage budgets might finally be showing signs of positive growth, but that doesn't mean the free-spending days are back.
8. How to get cost-effective disaster recovery
By Marc Staimer
DR prices are coming down and the options to protect your data are growing. Picking the right combination of options is the key to being cost-effective.
9. How low will RAID costs go?
By Alex Barrett
Copious, networked, fault-tolerant storage is almost within arm's reach of the average consumer. By that, we mean a terabyte of RAID-5 network-attached storage (NAS) for under $1,000. That's almost a fifth the cost of a comparably sized NAS system today.
10. Pound-foolish iSCSI: Should you use NICs IN SANs?
By Rick Cook
One of the great advantages of iSCSI SANs is that they are built on standard gigabit Ethernet. Another is that many iSCSI components are cheaper than their Fibre Channel counterparts. However, it is possible to carry these advantages too far.

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