Fast Guide: Tiered storage

There's a lot to know about tiered storage -- from key management practices to designing a system that best fits your business' needs. Whether you're new to the concept, looking for ways to implement it on a tight budget or a storage pro, our Tiered Storage Fast Guide offers a range of informative articles, webcasts, tips and more for a professional of any level.

There's a lot to know about tiered storage – from key management practices to designing a system that best fits...

your business' needs. Whether you're new to the concept, looking for ways to implement it on a tight budget or a storage pro, our Tiered Storage Fast Guide offers a range of informative articles, webcasts, tips and more for a professional of any level.

Tiered storage basics

  • Definition of tiered storage
    Tiered storage is the assignment of different categories of data to different types of storage media in order to reduce total storage cost.
  • Definition of ILM
    Information life cycle management (ILM) is a comprehensive approach to managing the flow of an information system's data and associated metadata from creation and initial storage to the time when it becomes obsolete and is deleted.
  • Tiered storage has arrived
    Storage managers are continuing down the paths they indicated last March, if a little more cautiously, and those paths are leading toward a tiered environment.
  • Data classification: Getting started
    How data classification can lead to higher service levels, a better working relationship with the business units that create and own the data, and the ability to reduce costs by storing data on an appropriate.
  • Storage Management Survival School Lesson Five, The Next Wave: Tiered Storage
    Lesson five of "Storage Management Survival School" examines the steps you should consider in designing a tiered storage model, what the pitfalls are and the benefits of this methodology.
  • What is a storage group?

Tiered storage methodologies

How to get started/implementation issues

Technologies

Cost savings

  • Tiered storage with SATA
    Simply deploying low-cost storage doesn't always equal savings. Learn to calculate total cost of ownership (TCO) when planning tiered-storage system using lower-cost disk and save money.
  • Save money with tiered storage
    The price differences between the classes of storage are becoming extreme. For example as of this year, you could pay more than $120 per gigabyte for high-speed, high-reliability storage systems, or you could pay less than $7 per gigabyte for a low-speed, less reliable solution using ATA disks.
  • Cost savings lure users to tiered storage
    Many companies are finding cost savings and improved data management with a tiered storage approach. But before purchasing those midrange arrays, you'd better prioritize your data and study up on vendor interoperability, said users.
  • Tiered storage and disk backup budgeted for '05
    Although the balmy days of IT spending are clearly a thing of the past, it looks as though the corporate inner Scrooge has loosened the purse strings a little when it comes to storage.
  • Strategic Storage: Six ways to spend less for enterprise storage
    Storage budgets might finally be showing signs of positive growth, but that doesn't mean the free-spending days are back.
  • IT industry outlook: Salaries, RFID and tiered storage on the rise?
    It wasn't a great year, but 2004 saw the bruised and bloodied tech industry struggle to its feet and begin to fight again.

Tiered storage management

  • Strategic Storage: Five storage management musts
    One thing's for sure about enterprise storage these days -- it's not getting any simpler. Storage managers must deal with constant data growth, as well as burgeoning corporate interest in keeping closer track of just what data lies where.
  • Managing tiered storage a pain in the neck
    Tiered storage promises all kinds of goodies, not least of all a way to take advantage of lower cost disk while paving the way to some type of data lifecycle management process. So far, however, it's failing to deliver on this promise.
  • Restructuring backup for tiered storage
    Craig D. Taylor discusses one practical tiered architecture approach, storage risk assessment, MAID and ATA storage offerings.
  • A Blueprint for Tiered Storage
    Steve Duplessie, Senior Analyst for the Enterprise Storage Group, provides a blueprint for building a tiered storage strategy within your environment.

Tiered storage adopters

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