Not-so-simple SANs

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 March 22-26. Tips, Ask the Expert Q&A's cover effective SAN planning, the benefits of e-mail archiving and lesson two of Backup school.

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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 March 22-26. Tips, Ask the Expert Q&A's cover effective SAN planning, the benefits of e-mail archiving and Backup school: Lesson two.



Table of Contents

  The right way to set overwrite protection
   Can EMC DMX crash your server?
  
It's NAS gateways over filer servers
   Make sense of SAN management software
  Unlock the benefits of e-mail archiving
   Why SANs still aren't simple
   Backup school: Lesson two
  What storage management tools can't fix


The right way to set overwrite protection
Very simply, backup software expert Pierre Dorion explains how to set an overwrite protection period. It's easy but you must also choose in which order you want your data overwritten.

Who's responsible for the crashing servers?
It seems that one reader is having problems with crashing servers and asks storage hardware expert Brendan Reilly if it has anything to do with using EMC's DMX disk array. Although apparently EMC has seen some problems in the past, he doesn't believe it's the case this time around.

It's NAS gateways over filer servers
Since a NAS gateway can act as a file server, you might think it a cheaper solution than an actual NAS gateway. However, according to NAS expert Randy Kerns, a server might be less expensive up front, but there are several reasons why a gateway might be the better choice.

Make sense of SAN management software
In order to select the right SAN management software, author Rick Cook suggests you evaluate your network needs first. You can start to do that by asking yourself the questions in this tip.

How is FC-AL implemented in loop switch?
Check out SAN expert Chris Poelker's basic explanation of what happens when an FC-AL device is attached to a switch port. It's all in the translation.

Unlock the benefits of e-mail archiving
If you think an e-mail archiving application is a bit extraneous, maybe you should reconsider. Bob Spurzem details the many benefits of installing an e-mail archive application, including faster backup/recovery and less downtime. If the costs are deterring you, you may be surprised to find out how fast you can achieve a return on your investment.

Backup school: Lesson two
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different backup media? Lesson two of "Backup school" explores backup media and which may be right for you.

What storage management tools can't fix
In theory, storage management tools should make your data center managment a lot easier. But, there are just some functions these tools cannot handle. This Featured Topic shows you what storage management tools can -- and cannot fix.

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

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

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on NAS gateways, click here

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on Mirroring, zoning and imaging, click here

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on DR planning, LUN zoning, ATA vs. SATA, click here

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on NAS benefits, data replication and DR shortcuts , click here

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on SAS, virtualization, and Backup School , click here

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