Storage Decisions highlights and more

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 26-30. Topics include highlights from Storage Decisions 2004 and a new Backup school quiz.

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 26-30. Topics include highlights from Storage Decisions 2004 and a new Backup school quiz.



Table of Contents

  Users "put the screws" to vendors on SAN costs
  Who's responsible for compliance -- vendors or end users?
  Storage under attack
  Users: Who's responsible for compliance?
  iSCSI wows some users, confuses others
  User refuses to be IBM virtualization guinea pig
  Designing a tape SAN for backup
  Sun and NAS to meet again
  Evaluating clustering software products
  15 zoning tips
  All-in-one backup suite right for you?
  Simplify disk alignment in Windows 2000
  Top 10 IP storage tips
  Backup school: Quiz two


Users "put the screws" to vendors on SAN costs
SANs may be getting cheaper to buy, but they're now more expensive to own than ever before. Soaring management costs are forcing users to change their ways and "put the screws" to storage vendors.

Who's responsible for compliance -- vendors or end users?
Watching your CEO getting taken away in handcuffs because of an accounting violation isn't your fault, right? Wrong. Compliance expert Mike Casey says users are responsible for their data. But, you can get help. This tip offers a few ways vendors can pitch in.

Storage under attack
Storage security expert Vijay Ahuja addresses the most common and damaging forms of attack on your data. Whether these attacks are internal or external -- here's what you can do to prevent them.

iSCSI wows some users, confuses others
Depending on who you ask about iSCSI (and possibly at what time of day you ask them), answers range from a 20-minute plug-and-play solution to a technology that is years away from implementation. Check out where other users are with this technology.

User refuses to be IBM virtualization guinea pig
Find out what your peers are saying about iSCSI, SAN management and why compliance is confusing.

Designing a tape SAN for backup
One user asks SAN expert Chris Poelker how he can incorporate tape into his SAN backup strategy. Chris has some thoughts on a plug-and-play strategy that keeps things simple.

Sun and NAS to meet again
Sun is taking its third stab at the NAS market through a software licensing deal with Procom. Officially, these NAS arrays, tentatively dubbed the 5000 line, will be announced in September, when Sun is slated to do a quarterly product announcement, but actual products will ship sooner.

Evaluating clustering software products
You know what they say -- you get what you pay for. While there are less expensive clustering software products on the market, expert Evan Marcus warns price should not be the ultimate factor when deciding to buy.

15 zoning tips
How to zone, what to zone and when to zone? Three of the most frequently asked questions when setting up a SAN. In this Featured Topic, we've put together 15 quick tips to help you zone your SAN the right way.

All-in-one backup suite right for you?
If an all-in-one backup package sounds like a dream, you might want to pinch yourself because it's true. With the promise of LAN-free backups, improved restore times and an affordable price tag, a backup bundle might just be the way to go.

Simplify disk alignment in Windows 2000
A widely used method to optimize Disk I/O may not always work with Windows 2000 due to peculiarities with NTFS files. In this tip, Rick Cook provides a quick fix to Windows 2000 users' and shows the right program to use to fix the problem.

Top 10 IP storage tips
Our top 10 list may not make it on a late night talk show, but we think it should! If you're thinking about going down the IP path, here's some advice from early adopters to consider.

Backup school: Quiz two
Test your knowledge of Backup school lessons 5 and 6 by taking our quiz.

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

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on Not-so-simple SANs, click here

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on All RAID is not created equal, click here

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on Increasing uptime, performance with SANs, click here

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on Are replication and automation worth it?, click here

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