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  • SAN consolidation reduces costs, boosts performance

    Early SAN adopters are now leading another technology charge; this time to consolidate multiple SANs into one. 

  • Automation tools grow up

    As rigid early automation tools start to fade away, new approaches are coming to market that promise to give admins continued control while taking pain away from complex tasks. 

  • Six steps to improving disk throughput

    In Windows 2000, while the disk system is the logical suspect in performance degradation, it's not the only possible culprit--it may mean you need more memory. 

  • SRM keeps your storage clean

    Storage resource management (SRM) software provides a powerful way to control runaway storage demands, but only if you can use it effectively. 

  • Top 10 IP storage tips

    Here, you find the top 10 tips storage neophytes must consider before going down the IP storage path. 

  • Simplify disk alignment in Windows 2000

    Disk I/O optimization can suffer if the system crosses track boundaries. Rick Cook gives a quick fix to Windows 2000 users and points you right to the program to fix the problem. 

  • Five questions for your SRM vendor

    Which questions do you need to ask before spending on any SRM solution? This tip gives you the right questions and answers to seek out from any SRM vendor. 

  • Data classification: Start with applications

    In this tip Rick Cook explains how classification by application, and not data type, allows Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) to start paying dividends almost immediately. 

  • Can you really trust automation?

    Many users don't trust automation. Alan Earls says the uncertainty of automation products and immaturity of storage environments as the reasons, but better products are coming. 

  • Set up persistent binding on an HBA

    In this Ask the Expert Q&A, SAN expert Chris Poelker gives you the code to set up persistent binding on an HBA for a Unix host.