Tech roundup: Mirroring, zoning and imaging

In case you've missed anything, here's a roundup of some of the best original technical content that appeared on SearchStorage.com the week of Feb 23-27. Included are new tips, Ask the Expert Q&A's, and a new site expert and Featured Topic.

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In case you've missed anything, here's a roundup of some of the best original technical content that appeared on SearchStorage.com the week of Feb 23-27. Included are new tips, Ask the Expert Q&A's, a new site expert and Featured Topic.



Table of Contents

   Moving from a modular array to an enterprise array
   Digital to optical switch conversion
   How FC-AL and FC-SW switches are implemented
   It's always better to mirror disks first
   An expert's recommendation for a SAN failover method
   Building a four-node SAN cluster
   How SATA drives hook up to a SAN
   The best method for migrating from Symmetrix to DMX
   What hard and soft port zoning means
   Imaging for disaster recovery
   Maximizing backup performance with SQL Server 2000
   The critical link in mirroring
   Meet our new storage hardware expert
  SAN School: The final exam


Moving from a modular array to an enterprise array
According to expert Chris Poelker, vendors are moving ahead with management solutions to migrate between platforms. Chris offers a suggestion on how to accomplish a migration in the meantime.

Digital to optical switch conversion
Chris Poelker will take you through a quick primer on how a gigabit interface converter (GBIC) works. Chris also takes a look into the terabyte future of this technology.

How FC-AL and FC-SW switches are implemented
If you've been confused as to how FC-AL and FC-SW switches work, grab a notepad. SAN School professor Chris Poelker will untangle any confusion.

It's always better to mirror disks first
Have you ever asked yourself what comes first, mirroring or striping. According to SAN expert Chris Poelker, it's mirroring. If you attempt striping first you may incur some serious problems.

An expert's recommendation for a SAN failover method
In this SAN School Q&A, SAN expert Chris Poelker explains what "failover" means in a SAN environment. While there is no single recommended method because of the many variables in SAN architecture, Chris let's you in on his first and second choice.

Building a four-node SAN cluster
One SearchStorage.com reader wants to know what's best, Fibre Channel or Firewire when setting up a SAN. Networking expert Marc Farley says go with Fibre Channel if you want to sleep at night.

How SATA drives hook up to a SAN
Many arrays can house a variety of different drives. SAN expert Chris Poelker explains how they bridge and connect.

The best method for migrating from Symmetrix to DMX
In this Ask the Expert Q&A, networking expert Mark Farley shares some quick and concise tips on how to best migrate data from Symmetrix to DMX

What hard and soft port zoning means
There is hard port zoning and soft port zoning and if you try to integrate separate fabrics with zoning in place, watch out. SAN expert Chris Poelker explains the differences in zoning and what to look out for when implementing them.

Imaging for disaster recovery
Let's face it, there's no Constitutional Amendment that reads,- "all imaging products are created equal." So if you're looking into your own imaging practices and trying to find the best solution for your needs, you'll want to take a closer look at the products that are out there. L. D. Weller, a senior product manager at Symantec discusses two classes of Windows products and offers suggestions for using image products for disaster recovery.

Maximizing backup performance with SQL Server 2000
If you're working with SQL Server 2000, you know what a process backing things up can be. In this tip, author Rick Cook shares with you some Microsoft tricks of the trade designed to help you maximize performance and minimize backup times. Also provided is a link to a Microsoft discussion on performance tuning SQL Server 2000.

The critical link in mirroring
You've heard how important it is keep the lines of communication open. Well, the same holds true for data mirroring. This tip explains why it's crucial to analyze the quality of your lines because "line performance is probably the most significant factor affecting mirroring performance and reliability in a typical mirroring installation."

Meet new storage hardware expert Brendan Reilly
Hardware failures like drive crashes and robotic arm malfunctions can be costly. The Ask Brendan series specializes in addressing these issues. Expert help is available for: warranties, SLAs and RFPs.

SAN School: The final exam
Last week we launched the final SAN School lesson. If you've been attending class, you're well on your way to SAN savvy. Check out this week's Featured Topic for a list of all 14 lessons and take our final quiz to see if you make the grade

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on SAN management, click here

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