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 April 12-16. Tips and Ask the Expert Q&A's cover automation, replication and high availability.
Storage under attack
Microsoft Exchange and NAS
How to convert an EMC SAN to an HDS SAN
Designing a tape SAN for backup
Making a case for high-quality failover management software
Evaluating clustering software products
Can you really trust automation?
Is replication worth it?
Evaluate network protocols
Lesson five: Recovering from OS and application loss
Storage under attack
One of the most overlooked issues concerning storage is security -- the constant threat of attacks both from within and without. Storage security expert Vijay Ahuja addresses the most common and damaging forms of attack and what you can do to prevent them. Microsoft Exchange and NAS
Understanding and trust is what it's going to take for a smooth marriage between MS Exchange and NAS according to expert Randy Kerns. Randy believes this move is a good one for customers but there are some things you should be aware of when considering this technology such as MS's insistence that the NAS device be built on a WSS03 base and qualified. How to convert an EMC SAN to an HDS SAN
SAN expert Chris Poelker not only explains how to convert an EMC Symmetrix SAN to an HDS Lightning SAN but he breaks it down between an open shop and a mainframe shop. Designing a tape SAN for backup
A lot goes into designing just the right SAN and one user asks SAN expert Chris Poelker how to best backup using tape. Chris has some thoughts on a plug and play strategy and how to keeps things simple. Making a case for high-quality failover management software
High availability expert Evan Marcus believes manual failover isn't adequate for most shops. If you think your data is important enough to require a failover system, it's important enough to automate and save your administrator from reaching for the bottle of Advil. There are just too many variables in manual failover to seriously slow down the backup process. Evaluating clustering software products
You know what they say -- you get what you pay for. While there are less expensive cluster software products on the market, expert Evan Marcus warns that price should not be the deciding factor. Can you really trust automation?
Automation promises to make SAN management simple, still many users don't trust it. Alan Earls says the uncertainty of current automation products and immaturity of many storage environments are the main reasons for slow adoption, but promises better products are on the way. Is replication worth it?
Although replication is a valuable technique that has many applications in storage, not all replication is the same. In this tip, Rick Cook outlines some uses and benefits of replication and warns, without some careful forethought, that replication can actually cost more -- and cause more problems than it solves. Featured Topic: Evaluate network protocols
To help make your research a breeze, SearchStorage.com has gathered the best news, expert Q&As, tips and quick guides on the various network protocols. This week's Featured Topic is geared to help you evaluate each protocol and make the right choice for your organization.. Backup school lesson five: Recovering from OS and application loss
Application or OS loss or corruption can have a serious impact on data. Lesson five of SearchStorage.com's Backup School covers ways to prevent and recover from the loss of applications or an OS. Professor Dorian Cougias shows you what the best methods of restoring both are, the basics of disk imaging and how to set up a solid network architecture to protect against losses.