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  • What you need to know before implementing NAS clusters

    Now that we've examined the reasons why clustered NAS is getting more popular with storage managers and dispelled the biggest myths about clustered NAS, you're almost ready to deploy a clustered NAS solution. But first you have to know what questions... 

  • Evaluate your knowledge of NAS protocols and performance

    Are you a NAS nerd or a NAS neophyte? Take our final exam and evaluate your knowledge of NAS protocols and performance. This quiz isn't for the weak. 

  • Top considerations when buying a NAS array

    Purchasing a NAS platform for your organization requires careful consideration. This article outlines the most important things to consider before making a decision. 

  • Learn all about NAS

    Storage can be added to a LAN through dedicated disk-based storage units called network-attached storage (NAS) devices. In this handbook you'll learn about NAS systems, NAS device interconnects, NAS implementation tips and RFPs for NAS systems. 

  • How to create an RFP for NAS

    Creating an RFP will help you boil your NAS vendor choices down to a manageable few. And your NAS RFP should include one technology: thin provisioning. 

  • NAS system planning strategies

    Implementing a NAS environment requires a lot of planning. This tip tells you why location, power and allocation are vital to consider when installing a NAS. 

  • Understanding NAS interconnects: Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet

    Understanding interconnects like Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, which are used to integrate NAS devices into networks, can help you make better decisions on NAS deployments. 

  • Why NAS protocols are the language of NAS

    NAS protocols are the language of your NAS system, and understanding how they work is the key to operating a storage network. The main NAS protocols are CIFS and NFS, but iSCSI is gaining ground, and FCoE may be just around the corner. 

  • Dispelling myths about clustering NAS and file servers

    This article dispels some of the myths that have sprouted up about clustered storage because the term is used to describe so many different kinds of vendor offerings. 

  • Gear6 launches pared-down NAS caching appliance

    Gear6's scaled-down version of its caching appliance is still expensive, but analysts say some shops could find it more cost effective than adding disk or clustered NAS nodes.