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    If your DAS storage infrastructure has reached its limits, or your existing SAN is out of date or just plain end-of-life, your first step will be to know what your storage requirements are.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

  • SAN management refresher

    If you're new to storage area network technology, or just need to refresh the basics, this guide covers the essential concepts of configuration, provisioning, performance and capacity management, and monitoring and troubleshooting. 

  • How to purchase SAN upgrades

    Every storage area network will inevitably grow to keep pace with the changing needs of enterprise storage. Growth implies more storage capacity, but raw capacity is just the beginning. Growth also means meeting the demand for improved SAN performanc... 

  • Compellent adds disk stroking and app tuning to SAN

    Compellent's StorageCenter SAN improves block-level storage automation to offer granular quality of service features within disk drives. 

  • Learn all about RAID storage

    This handbook describes the different levels of RAID technology and explains how storage administrators can choose the appropriate RAID level.