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  • A case for 8 GB Fibre Channel

    Since 4 GB Fibre Channel (FC) was introduced, there have been significant changes in data centers, including server virtualization, a focus on power and cooling, and the rapid acceptance of solid-state disk (SSD). These factors, combined with the nev... 

  • iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel for SMBs

    Deciding whether to use iSCSI or Fibre Channel to build your storage area network (SAN) can be crucial to effectiveness of the implementation. This tip discusses the pros and cons of iSCSI and Fibre Channel in the SMB market. 

  • Block and file access unite with multiprotocol storage

    This tip looks at the pros and cons, as well as when and where to deploy multiprotocol storage, which is also referred to as "unified" storage. 

  • How to compare Fibre Channel (FC) and SCSI

    Storage expert Greg Schulz offers advice on how to compare Fibre Channel (FC) and SCSI technology. 

  • Multipath I/O: Guarantee redundancy during HBA failure (almost!)

    Microsoft's Multipath I/O (MPIO) is designed to mitigate the effects of a HBA failure, by providing an alternate data path between devices. Learn why MPIO doesn't completely eliminate the possibility of problems if an HBA fails and what you can do en... 

  • SAN fine tuning: Get the most from your storage

    The way key SAN components, principally HBAs and switches, are configured will determine overall SAN performance. If you know what to look for and how to make adjustments, performance problems can be greatly reduced. 

  • FC vs. iSCSI: Five tips in five minutes

    Recently, there has been a buzz among storage pros about how FC and iSCSI stack up. Check out this expert advice, so you can decide what is right for your organization. 

  • ISCSI vs. FC performance: A closer look

    Think that FC is faster than iSCSI? Vice versa? Storage expert Tony Asaro explains why the real answer may surprise you. 

  • 4 Gb Fibre Channel arrives -- but do you need it?

    In the past 12 months, nearly every SAN manufacturer has announced or introduced 4 Gb SAN components. But the move to 4 Gb SANs may be more a product of vendor push than user pull. 

  • Easing away from ESCON

    ESCON, the protocol that pre-dated FICON as a systems-to-storage connection, is incompatible with the newer FICON-based systems. This tip looks at various ways you can tackle this dilemma.