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. The content is not only for the beginner, but also for the seasoned storage professional who just needs to brush up on the latest technologies.

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SearchStorage.com's Storage Survival Guide is your one-stop training center for all storage professionals at all levels. You can navigate easily through comprehensive learning content including technical Learning Guides, Fast Guides, Webcast Schools, Crash Courses, and other advanced storage education. For the beginner, we offer a Learning Guide to iSCSI, a handy RAID Primer and a Crash Course on compliance. Once you are past those...

stages, head for our Learning Guide on implementing iSCSI or attend a class or two at Storage University. For the hardcore storage professional, guides to zoning, SAN management and snapshots should get you thinking about better management, backup and overall storage architecture.


Table of Contents

Storage University
   SAN School
   Backup School
   Storage Management Survival School
   Advanced Backup School

Backup/recovery
   Learning Guide: Backup/recovery
   The essential RAID primer
   Learning Guide: SAN-based backups
   Crash Course: Snapshots
   Fast Guide: Disk-based backup
   Fast Guide: RAID
   Fast Guide: Advanced backup
   Crash Course: Recovery
   Fast Guide: Disaster Recovery

Storage management
   Learning Guide: SAN management
   Crash Course: Zoning
   Fast Guide: Windows storage
   Crash Course: Clustered storage

Storage networking
   Crash course: iSCSI
   Fast Guide: iSCSI
   Fast Guide: Fibre Channel basics
   Learning Guide: NAS
   Crash Course: IP SANs
   Fast Guide: Advanced Fibre Channel
   Learning Guide: SAN
   Fast Guide: Advanced SAN

Low-cost storage
   Learning Guide: Low-cost storage
   Beginner's Guide: iSCSI
   Quick Guide: iSCSI implementation

Compliance
   Crash Course: Compliance

Additional resources
   Bits & Bytes column library
   Storage 911: How to troubleshoot your storage
   Fast Guide: Storage technologies
   Fast Guide: Storage basics
   Crash Course: Mainframe storage


Storage University:

SAN School
The authors of "Storage Area Networks for dummies", Christopher Poelker and Alex Nikitin, offer 14 20-minute lessons on what a SAN is, all the way through connecting those last nodes for optimal performance. School is in session.

Backup School
Data is generally regarded as a company's first or second most valuable asset -- right on par with people. So, losing any of that data is a borderline disaster. In nine 15-minute lessonsthe author of "The Backup Book", Dorian Cougias, walks you through what a backup is, how to set up the most efficient backup infrastructure to sending that that last tape off-site.

Storage Management Survival School
Storage Management Survival School is dedicated to exposing you to all of the aspects of managing storage and how to optimize your environments so the pains described above can be minimized.

Advanced Backup School
Our Advanced Backup School features six concise, informative, vendor-neutral webcasts that aim to give the advanced, higher level architect the tools needed to build out the most efficient backup system.

Backup and recovery:

Learning Guide: Backup/recovery
Clearly, it's not good when backups fail. Data is lost, and worse, irretrievable. The advice in our "Fast guide to backup/recovery" should give you the tools necessary for healing those broken backups and make the ones you are running, better.

The essential RAID primer
Confused about what the different levels of RAID accomplish? Our comprehensive, essential "RAID aid" explains RAID-0 to RAID-5 levels through concise, to the point descriptions.

Learning Guide: SAN-based backups
The killer app for implementing a storage area network (SAN) has been, and continues to be better backup. This guide discusses the options associated with SAN backup including backups over a dedicated LAN, tiered backups, LAN-less backup, serverless backup and more. The fast guide to SAN backups also offers tips and tricks on how to find and rectify backup bottlenecks.

Crash Course: Snapshots
Backups for networked storage have gotten a boost in the form of services and software that allow you to take rapid "snapshots" of your data at a given point in time. Many systems administrators today rely heavily on snapshot technology or third-party copy vendors to perform this function routinely of their most critical data. Learn what the experts say about where and when to use this functionality.

Fast Guide: Disk-based backup
This guide to disk-based backup shows you how to use disk-based backup to streamline backup operations, speed-up restores and help you decide if this method of backup/restore is right for you and your budget.

Fast Guide: RAID
This Fast Guide to RAID includes a list of the various RAID levels to help end RAID confusion, implementation dos and don'ts and RAID performance issues.

Fast Guide: Advanced backup
Trying to make your backups run more smoothly, or thinking about swapping out your existing system for something more current? Our Fast Guide to advanced backup is the place to get started. We'll give you tips on strategy, help you compare your hardware, software and media options, and illustrate the ins and outs of mirroring, replication and snapshots. You'll be an expert in no time.

Crash Course: Recovery
What good is backing up your data if you can't get it back? The goal of this Crash Course on recovery is to make sure you can effectively and efficiently recover data no matter what iteration of the lifecycle it's in. Included here are also hints on how to construct a rock solid disaster recovery plan.

Fast Guide: Disaster Recovery
The first steps in DR planning are always the hardest to take, but it doesn't have to be that way. From DR planning and design to strategies and cost, our Fast Guide: Disaster recovery will help you to get your shop where it needs to be. This Fast Guide will not only help the storage beginner but the seasoned storage professional as well.

Additional backup resources

Backup School is a nine lesson webcast series devoted to devising the perfect backup plan.

SearchStorage.com's complete library of backup, DR and recovery tips.

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Storage management:

Learning Guide: SAN management
Managing one SAN is hard enough. But, for many of you with multiple SANs there is an even greater challenge. Whether you have one SAN or ten click above to get the latest on storage management tools, capacity planning, asset allocation and how to set up an internal storage department.

Crash Course: Zoning
Zoning is an important aspect of setting up a SAN. But, there are several ways to accomplish zoning and it's not always clear which method is best. The zoning advice here should be all you need to help you figure out how best to implement zoning and troubleshoot your own installation.

Fast Guide: Windows storage
A number of factors are driving more data centers to run some -- if not all of their storage -- off a Windows-based platform. This guide has the latest news and technical resources you need to get up-to-speed on Windows storage.

Crash Course: Clustered storage
Clustering keeps servers and storage running smoothly, as well as offering performance and availability benefits. But with a variety of architectures to choose from, and an ever-increasing buffet of products on the market, how do you know which type of clustering is right for your company? This Crash Course will help get you started.

Additional storage management resources

15 zoning tips in 15 minutes

Storage management tools matrix

Learn what storage management tools CAN'T fix.

SearchStorage.com's complete library of storage management tips.

Storage Management Survival School is dedicated to exposing all of the aspects of managing storage and how to optimize your environments to minimize the data management crunch.


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Storage networking:

Crash Course: iSCSI
Having two separate data paths from the server to the storage helps avoid single points of failure, but it can also be a confusing process. Here's multipathing made simple.

Fast Guide: iSCSI
If you need to come up to speed rapidly on iSCSI, you've come to the right place. In this Fast Guide, we touch upon the basics and then we walk you through the pros and cons of iSCSI and Fibre Channel.

Fast Guide: Fibre Channel basics
Are you a Fibre Channel (FC) newbie, or just trying to get a solid grasp of the FC basics? This Fast Guide to Fibre Channel basics has everything you need to get versed on FC.

Learning Guide: NAS
The NAS Learning Guide is geared to help the beginner, as well as the seasoned NAS veteran, navigate NAS technology. You'll find resources on NAS players and products, protocols, configuration, performance, backup and more.

Crash Course: IP SANs
In this Crash Course on IP SANs, find out if an IP SAN works in your shop and how you would implement one.

Fast Guide: Advanced Fibre Channel
If you need more in-depth information on FC strategies, protocols, budget concerns and SAN connectivity issues, our Fast Guide to Advanced Fibre Channel is the place to be.

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.

Fast Guide: Advanced SAN
Now that you're beyond the basics of SAN and into more complex configuration solutions, troubleshooting performance issues, strategies and management tasks, take a look at our Fast Guide to Advanced SAN. We're sure you'll find the answers and help you've been seeking.

Additional storage networking resources

Network storage Info center

SearchStorage.com's complete library of SAN/NAS tips.

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Low-cost storage:

Learning Guide: Low-cost storage
Storage managers are just starting to realize the technical and budgetary benefits of low-cost storage. Serial ATA (SATA), serial-attached SCSI (SAS), iSCSI and dropping HBA and FC prices are helping to lower the costs of running any size storage operation. This guide to low-cost storage explains those technologies, offers pricing hints and advice on where and when to deploy these low-cost options.

Beginner's Guide: iSCSI
Our beginner's guide to iSCSI offers an in-depth definition of iSCSI, the fundamentals of iSCSI technology and where iSCSI plays best. You'll also find a Q&A with networking experts Tom Clark and Gary Orenstein.

Quick Guide: iSCSI implementation
If you find yourself beyond ready to implement iSCSI into your existing architecture, check out this quick guide to iSCSI implementation. Here, a broad iSCSI spectrum is covered ranging from a discussion on who's implementing iSCSI, how they're implementing it and who the major market players. This guide also helps you understand the varying implementation costs.

Additional low-cost storage

Check out the latest Serial ATA products available here -- Serial ATA product handbook

Want to stay up-to-date on low-cost storage? Why not sign up for our ALERT on low-cost storage.

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Compliance

Crash Course: Compliance
New guidelines from the U.S. and abroad are changing the way you handle your data. The alphabet soup of legislation can cause every CTO, CIO and storage manager a real headache when it comes to understanding and planning for compliance. We've compiled a plethora of compliance resources to help you keep up with ever-changing compliance guidelines.

Additional compliance resources

Who's going to be responsible for compliance -- vendors or end users?

Have compliance questions? Why not sign up for our ALERT on compliance.


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Additional educational resources

Bits & Bytes column library
Our Bits & Bytes daily columns bring the opinions, tips and trends from some of the top experts, users, vendors and academics in the storage industry. If you missed any of the columns, here is the full library of columns sorted by date, topic and author.

Storage 911: How to troubleshoot your storage
Our emergency guide not only helps you prevent disaster, but also offers an organized list of usual suspects -- from the complex to the deceptively simple.

Fast Guide: Storage technologies
From disk to internal/external drives to removable storage, we've put together a Fast Guide to storage technologies. This guide will help you sort out the advantages, limitations and applications of each technology -- as it relates to small business and enterprise organizations.

Fast Guide: Storage basics
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.

Crash Course: Mainframe storage
In case you haven't heard, mainframe storage is alive and doing very well. Check out this Crash Course and find out if Linux on the mainframe is for you, how to get mainframe storage on the cheap, and who the key products and vendors are in the mainframe market today.

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