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  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Multipath I/O and failover: The differences

    Storage expert Rick Cook discusses the major differences between failover and multipath I/O and clears up common misconceptions about each. 

  • ISCSI network configuration, design and optimization

    It's a must to consider more than just cabling when designing an iSCSI-based storage network. Learn to look at the bigger picture when configuring or optimizing an iSCSI-based storage network. 

  • SAN performance: Five tips in five minutes

    Answers to frequently asked questions about how to improve SAN performance. 

  • Testing iSCSI SAN performance with Iometer

    Iometer, a performance test tool for tuning Windows environments, can also be used to tune performance in iSCSI SANs. The tool lets you simulate the SAN's performance by setting many of the parameters and running tests. Repeated runs with different p... 

  • SAN fine tuning: Get the most from your storage

    The way key SAN components, principally HBAs and switches, are configured will determine overall SAN performance. If you know what to look for and how to make adjustments, performance problems can be greatly reduced. 

  • How to improve your storage vendor's tech support

    A survey of Fortune 1000 companies by TheInfoPro found widespread user dissatisfaction with technical support from storage vendors. Here's how to improve that support. 

  • SAN/NAS tech tips: What's hot this summer?

    Network attached storage products, iSCSI, SATA and RAID are hot topics among our readers right now. Check out the top tips of the past few months. 

  • SAN vs. NAS: Which do you need?

    This tip will enable you to make a more informed decision on whether a NAS or SAN environment is best for the applications you need to deploy.