Storage covers a lot of territory and it can be overwhelming for the beginner. In our Fast Guide: Storage basics, we break it down into categories -- and keep it simple. We start out with basic storage terms, then go on to management, networking and primary storage. Keep this Guide handy and it will provide you with what you need to know for a good storage foundation.
Five basic storage terms
- What is a backup?
Backup is the essential function of any storage manager's day. It's also the cause of most concern. Expert Dorian Cougias explains the backup basics.
- The ABCs of CDP
Find out how continuous data protection works (and doesn't work). Plus: A few products to check out.
- Pros and cons of disk-to-disk backup
Disk-to-disk backup has its limitation. Learn how to overcome them by using D2D in combination with other media.
- When to choose tape
Wouldn't you like to know when to skip new, higher-priced technologies and stick with tape?
- Three ways to secure backups
Securing communications, access and media are key elements to keeping backup safe and sound.
- What about backup media?
Explore the different types of backup media and get a concise breakdown of how much you'll be spending to implement and maintain each of these options.
- Cost justifying your backup plan
Before starting any backup project or implementing any type of backup operation you need to consider the impact lost data has on your company's bottom line. Create a backup plan that not only jibes with the CTO but the CEO.
- Database backup basics
Making a functional backup of a database while it's running is a difficult task. Take a look at the different methodologies of backing up a database (SQL Server/Oracle) and learn about the basics of replication.
- Backup School
If you want to know all about backup, then you need to attend Backup School. Storage expert Dorion Cougious, as the professor, will take you from backup basics to reading the last tape for optimal recovery.
- Where do I begin?
Determining ROI for storage management can be a challenge, given the varying types of metrics used. Expert Jamie Gruener takes a look at how to begin your own ROI analysis of storage management tools, including the metrics you need to consider, how to measure them and how to use the results to your benefit.
- How to select storage management tools
Take a look at the various types of storage management tools, and how to choose the right ones for your needs.
- How to choose e-mail archiving tools
In this condensed article, Contoural Inc., a Los Altos, Calif.-based storage consulting company, makes recommendations on how to approach this task.
- Checklist: Ten steps to data replication
Right here is where you will find tips and best practices to help your team devise a data replication architecture that reduces downtime and saves money.
- Storage Management Survival School
Storage management school is in session. Management experts will talk you through starting a storage management plan, operational best practices and setting up a storage management group.
- Do you need a SAN?
Join expert Chris Poelker to get a good feel for the basics of a SAN, such as what a SAN is, if you need a SAN and where a SAN fits into your IT environment.
- SAN building blocks
So now you know if you need a SAN, learn about the different parts that make one up.
- My first SAN
The best place to start is always at the beginning. SAN expert Chris Poelker covers SANs from soup to nuts.
- Learning Guide: SAN
It doesn't matter if you're a SAN beginner or a veteran. Our SAN Learning Guide has all the latest information. Find out if a SAN is right for you.
- SAN School
What is a SAN? What are the benefits and pitfalls of installation? How can a SAN fit into your organization? These questions and more are answered SAN School.
- The different between a SAN and a NAS
Expert Randy Kerns explains the difference between a SAN and NAS -- architecturally speaking that is.
- How to use a NAS gateway
NAS gateways are moving off the array and into the network. Find out how to manage them.
- Learning Guide: NAS
SearchStorage.com's editors have put together a NAS Learning Guide to help the beginner, as well as the seasoned NAS veteran, navigate NAS technology.
- What is SATA
SATA is a new standard for connecting ...
- What is SAS
SAS is a method used to accessing computer peripheral devices that ...
- What is Fibre Channel
Fibre Channel is a technology for transmitting data between computer devices at data rate of ...
- SATA connectivity issues
So you bought a SATA hard drive, now what? Find out what our expert told one user about system configuration to get it right.
- SAS disk drive advantage?
Find out what the advantage might be to putting out a new serial SAS disk with new infrastructure.
- Fast Guide: Fibre Channel basics
Check out the pros and cons of FC, new developments in low-cost FC and comparisons with other storage protocols.
- Tech Report: Flexible RAID arrays
Expert Jerome M. Wendt says the key to good management is " selecting the right mix of disks and RAID levels."
- Accommodating arrays
Selecting the right mix of disks and RAID levels is crucial to any good storage shop.
Must have basic storage resources
- Fast Guide: Storage technologies
This is a guide you will surely need to keep handy. Listed here are the various storage technologies divided into two parts, one for the personal or small business computer user and one for the enterprise user.
- The essential RAID primer
This RAID Primer is essential for anyone needing to know the many RAID levels. Each level's description is concise and to the point.
- Storage Survival Guide
SearchStorage.com's Storage Survival Guide is your one-stop training center for the best technical learning guides, fast guides, webcast schools and advanced storage education on the Web. This content is a great too for the beginner.
- ITKnowledge Exchange
Discuss storage basics with your peers in our ITKnowledge Exchange forum.