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  • Solid-state drives quiz

    While solid-state disk (SSD) devices offer faster speeds and consume less power than hard disks, the high price of solid-state memory has kept the devices confined to limited use in the data center. Storage professionals are now seeing more situation... 

  • Storage Decisions Session Downloads: Storage Systems & Networking Track (Chicago 2008)

    The core of any networked storage infrastructure is the basic hardware components: storage arrays and the fabric that links them to client servers and other services. Over the past few years, the trend has been to networks built around director-cl... 

  • Storage Decisions Chicago 2008 Session Downloads

    Download all the sessions that were presented to storage professionals at the recent Storage Decisions 2008 conference in Chicago on topics including DR, SANs, backup, storage virtualization, storage management and green storage. 

  • Learn all about SANs

    Before a SAN administrator can size their SAN, they need to know how much storage capacity and performance they need, what SAN protocol to choose, and the proper RAID level for the SAN array. 

  • Determining the number of drives in a RAID group

    How many drives in a RAID group will it take to give you the performance you need for a database or email or file server, or for that new VMware implementation? 

  • Determining the right SAN protocol

    Which transports and protocols should you use in your SAN? Here are suggestions on when to use iSCSI, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand. 

  • Host bus adapter (HBA) architecture explained

    HBAs are integral pieces of a SAN environment -- they connect the server to the SAN -- but few storage administrators know how to configure them. 

  • How to size a SAN

    If your DAS storage infrastructure has reached its limits, or your existing SAN is out of date or just plain end-of-life, your first step will be to know what your storage requirements are. 

  • SAN technology quiz

    By taking this exam, you can evaluate your knowledge of storage area network (SAN) technologies. 

  • Upgrading operating systems for two fabrics

    SAN/NAS expert Greg Schulz answers a reader's question regarding fabrics for an operating system.