• Panasas' HPC file system does Windows

    Panasas replaces open source Samba components with Microsoft Windows SMB/CIFS to broaden the appeal of its high-performance NAS appliance.

  • Users rate Dell and Hitachi as best NAS storage vendors

    Our eighth Quality Awards survey on the best NAS storage systems had Dell besting the enterprise group and Hitachi topping the midrange.

  • direct-attached storage (DAS)

    Direct-attached storage (DAS) is computer storage that is directly attached to one computer or server and is not, without special support, directly accessible to other ones.

  • ZFS

    ZFS is a local file system and logical volume manager created by Sun Microsystems Inc. for highly scalable storage.

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  • How SMBs can select a NAS system

    The key factors an SMB should consider for making a NAS system selection and some of usage areas that may have an effect on the choice are outlined in this tip. 

  • Kerberos and its place in NAS authentication

    Kerberos security has been around since the 1980s, but many people are still unfamiliar with how it works. Storage expert Christopher Poelker explains how NAS environments can benefit from the use of Kerberos. 

  • NICs in NAS systems

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  • NAS: How does a client access files?

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  • Taming NAS sprawl and file management

    This tip looks at how NAS can be used to address file management woes as well as how to tame NAS and file server sprawl. 

  • Clustered storage will win

    Clustered storage is gaining ground with an increasing number of vendors and systems in today's market. Over time, clustered storage will be a requisite architectural design element for all storage systems. 

  • Storage Clips: NetApp sells off NetCache business

    NetApp has sold off its NetCache business to Blue Coat Systems; Brocade partners with Synnex. 

  • Best practices for purchasing NAS devices

    Purchasing NAS storage isn't easy. These best practices will help you get the most from your NAS investment. 

  • Network-attached storage management overview

    Adding NAS devices to the network will eventually impose a serious level of management overhead for storage managers. Organizations that plan to deploy NAS boxes should make provisions for NAS management. 

  • Creating NAS partitions

    NAS expert Randy Kerns offers important advice about creating partitions in a NetApp NAS system.