Shop wisely: Compliance to DR buying tips

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 19-23. Tips and Ask the Expert Q&A's cover DR, compliance and replication buying tips.

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 19-23. Tips and Ask the Expert Q&A's cover DR, compliance and replication buying tips.



Table of Contents

  Suitable methods for attaching NAS
  Choosing the right replication method
  A good strategy for disaster recovery
  Is it possible to SAN boot using an iSCSI adapter?
  Name servers in a multi-switch SAN fabric
  Designing a SAN with multiple servers using serverless backup
  Will compliance spell the end of optical storage?
  What compliance means for peripheral storage
  Compliance tools you should be requesting from vendors
  Who's going to be responsible for compliance – vendors or end users?
  Data classification: Start with applications
  Why you need to care about storage mgmt standards
  Design critical in data compression backups
  Centralize your backups


Suitable methods for attaching NAS
One SearchStorage.com reader wants to know if it's possible to attach NAS to a gigabit over copper cabling even though it's a Fibre Channel network. NAS expert Randy Kerns says there should be no problem if distance limitations are met.

Choosing the right replication method
When deciding on the right replication method for your shop, it's important to keep in mind that implementation varies widely from vendor to vendor. In this Ask the Expert Q&A NAS expert Randy Kerns discusses the various replication methods such as asynchronous and synchronous and suggests that knowing your requirements is the first step.

A good strategy for disaster recovery
Using snapshot technology to replicate OS data to a remote DR site's SAN is good strategy according to SAN expert Chris Poelker. Chris explains the steps you need to take to make this strategy work.

Is it possible to SAN boot using an iSCSI adapter?
SAN expert Chris Poelker says he's never tried SAN boot using an iSCSI adapter but that doesn't mean it can't happen. Check out this Ask the Expert Q&A as Chris takes you through the steps to achieve a SAN boot with clustering and disk sharing.

Name servers in a multi-switch SAN fabric
In this Ask the Expert Q&A, SAN expert Chris Poelker discusses a possible scenario when it comes to repopulating data in a multi-switch SAN fabric.

Designing a SAN with multiple servers using serverless backup
SAN expert Chris Poelker's dead on advice will get you started designing a SAN using multiple servers with a serverless backup architecture. Chris also provides a link where you can find a whole lot of diagrams on simple SAN backup solutions.

Will compliance spell the end of optical storage?
Check out this Ask the Expert Q&A and find out why compliance expert Mike Casey believes complying with government regulations will not end the use of optical media.

What compliance means for peripheral storage
If you think your Instant Messenger, Blackberry, pager, etc. is immune to regulatory compliance, think again. Their time is coming. While compliance depends on your particular business environment, it will most likely be up to you to decide what's considered business communication when it comes to peripheral storage.

Compliance tools you should be requesting from vendors
Compliance expert Mike Casey lists two areas you should be looking at when it comes to compliance tools and they both deal with e-mail.

Who's going to be responsible for compliance – vendors or end users?
You've probably already figured out that compliance responsibility is going to rest with you, the user. But, vendors can help by providing the right HW and SW tools.

Data classification: Start with applications
Information Lifecycle Management depends on data classification, and the logical place to start has always been to classify the data according to type. In this tip, however, Rick Cook explains why classification by application and not data type allows ILM to start paying dividends almost immediately.

Why you need to care about storage mgmt standards
In this tip, Jamie Gruener discusses the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) standard, what it means to the storage professional, and what you should ask storage vendors about their support of SMI-S.

Design critical in data compression backups
Rick Cook says compressing data for tape backup is not only reliable, but can also improve backup performance and produce significant savings in hardware. However, if not designed properly, compression can cause bottlenecks.

Centralize your backups
Networked storage is making it very easy, affordable and efficient to centralize your backup operations. This featured topic gives you the tools necessary to create an effective centralized backup operation.

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