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  • thin provisioning (TP)

    Thin provisioning (TP) is a method of optimizing the efficiency with which the available space is utilized in storage area networks... (Continued) 

  • fat provisioning (FP)

    Fat provisioning (FP) is the conventional storage provisioning model, in which space is allocated beyond current needs, in anticipation of growing need and increased data complexity... (Continued) 

  • Download Advanced Storage Guide Chapter 3: SAN (PDF)

    You asked for it, so here it is -- a printable version of our Advanced Storage All-In-One Guide. Download Chapter 3: SAN in .pdf format now. 

  • Outsourcing SAN data storage management

    Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in particular should consider outsourcing their storage area networks (SANs), and here you'll get five reasons to help convince them to do just that. 

  • Storage area network (SAN) management

    Selecting a storage area network (SAN) management tool for a customer can be an extremely challenging process. Get some basic SAN management information to help you start the evaluation process. 

  • Multipath I/O: Guarantee redundancy during HBA failure (almost!)

    Microsoft's Multipath I/O (MPIO) is designed to mitigate the effects of a HBA failure, by providing an alternate data path between devices. Learn why MPIO doesn't completely eliminate the possibility of problems if an HBA fails and what you can do en... 

  • Storage users see power crunch coming

    Electricity costs are driving EMC and HDS users to nudge their suppliers for heat meters and other diagnostics tools to measure the power consumption of storage arrays. 

  • Capacity planning: Reclaim orphaned storage

    This tip takes a look at how to maximize your storage capacity utilization by finding orphaned data and storage that can in turn be re-allocated for another productive use. 

  • Director vs. switch

    Storage expert Greg Schulz outlines things to consider when choosing switches for a SAN. 

  • How to improve SAN utilization

    Improve the utilization of your SAN in terms of performance, capacity and availability. These tips can be applied in principal to FC, iSCSI or InfiniBand block-based SANs, as well as NFS or CIFS file-based NAS environments.