• OpenZFS

    OpenZFS is an open-source file system and logical volume manager for highly scalable storage with built-in features such as replication, deduplication, compression, snapshots, and data protection.

  • 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.

NAS management

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  • Creating NAS partitions

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

  • NAS permissions

    NAS expert Randy Kerns offers advice to a reader who asked: "How are permissions controlled on NAS?" 

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    NAS expert Randy Kerns outlines why he believes purchasing a vendor offering of a NAS product has advantages over rolling your own file server. 

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    NAS expert Randy Kerns discusses NAS checkpoint best practices for NFS and CIFS file systems. 

  • Clustered storage wins mainstream fans

    Isilon wins California's county of San Bernardino as a customer, a change of pace from its early adopters. Analysts say it's the first sign of clustered NAS entering the mainstream. 

  • NAS: Can you add capacity non-disruptively?

    Storage expert Randy Kerns offers advice about adding capacity to a NAS system non-disruptively in this Q&A. 

  • Double-Take soups up Microsoft clusters

    A Microsoft Cluster Server user says Double-Take's GeoCluster software has helped him apply Windows server clustering to storage as well. 

  • Storage Clips: Montilio claims record file-serving speeds

    Montilio claims it has smashed all records for file serving, according to an industry standard benchmark; Data Domain adds WAN vaulting. 

  • NFS vs. CIFS for Red Hat Enterprise 4

    NAS expert Randy Kerns offers advice about using NFS or CIFS for Red Hat Enterprise 4. 

  • cluster

    In a computer system, a cluster is a group of servers and other resources that act like a single system and enable high availability and, in some cases, load balancing and parallel processing.