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  • Take precautions when integrating SAN and NAS

    Today, SAN and NAS platforms routinely exist side by side and are often interconnected so their respective benefits can be pooled. However, storage administrators must take great care when connecting SAN and NAS. Here are eight best practices for int... 

  • Tutorial: Creating a tiered SAN architecture

    This tip offers the pros and cons of a tiered SAN architecture, as well as a number of points to consider before creating a tiered SAN. 

  • How to select a storage capacity planning tool

    To select a storage management and capacity planning tool, first calculate how much storage is available and how much of your total storage capacity is actually being used. 

  • Guide to high-level administration of SANs

    SAN deployments can be complex. Administrators must configure the SAN hardware components, connectivity elements and protocols to get the right mix of performance and reliability. 

  • storage area network (SAN)

    A storage area network (SAN) is a high-speed special-purpose network (or subnetwork) that interconnects different kinds of data storage devices with associated data servers on behalf of a larger network of users. 

  • Host bus adapter upgrades and replacements

    SAN expansion best practices include maintaining control over HBA selection, eliminating bottlenecks and boosting availability. 

  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet takes its next step

    At Storage Networking World, QLogic, NetApp and startup Nuova demo Fibre Channel over Ethernet, but the race to 10 Gigabit Ethernet is far from over. 

  • How to reduce response time in a SAN

    When it comes to storage area network (SAN) metrics and measurements, such as bandwith, input/output per second (IOPS) and utilization, more is usually better. However, when it comes to response time and latency (the amount of time it takes to comple... 

  • Tutorial on solid-state disk (SSD) devices

    Solid-state disk (SSD) devices use much less power and produce less heat than hard disks. But until their prices come down, they'll at best be niche devices. 

  • Top 10 SAN news stories and tips

    Back from vacation and need a recap of the most important SAN stories this year? Check out our Top 10 SAN news stories and tips for 2007.