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  • Choosing a midrange network-attached storage (NAS) system

    Midrange network-attached storage (NAS) appliances can be an affordable solution for SMBs in today's do-more-with-less economic climate. Learn how to choose the NAS system that best fits your storage environment. 

  • How to determine a NAS system's scalability

    This tip covers scalability limitations of a network-attached storage (NAS) system, including maxed managed file limits, IOPS and throughput limits, and capacity limits. It can help you avoid application outages that occur when storage reaches thes... 

  • Top five NAS tips of 2008

    Here are the top five NAS tips of 2008, based on our readers' interest, covering such topics as NAS consolidation, NAS interconnects and protocols. 

  • 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... 

  • 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. 

  • 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.