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  • 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. 

  • How to add more channels to a network

    Storage expert Greg Schulz answers a reader's question: "What is the best way to get more channels in my network?" 

  • Achieving secure data storage for shared read/write I/O operation

    Storage expert Greg Schulz answers a reader's question: "How can we achieve concurrent write access to our SAN without corruption?" 

  • Why not do everything with NAS vs. SAN?

    Go ahead! As long as the applications support NAS... 

  • How to increase your storage energy efficiency

    You can improve your storage energy efficiency by spinning down and powering off disk drives not in use, placing disk drives into a slower mode and using RAID levels and tiered storage.