At times it may seem that maintaining your storage system is nothing but a money vacuum. It's critical to have up-to-date, well-functioning equipment, along with a qualified storage team, but often spending money isn't an option. However, your business doesn't have to go broke along the way. The following tips offer quick and easy advice on how to keep costs low while maintaining a prolific storage system.
Learn how to balance costs and demands for proper storage allocation based upon your needs and environment.
Eight no-nonsense steps to buying storage products
How to make effective storage-related decisions and purchases based on a simple eight-step process used by the Evaluator Group, a storage consultancy.
Build a winning storage budget
Building a storage budget -- and getting it approved -- is an annual uphill battle. By taking a business-plan approach to the process, you'll have a better chance of getting a green light.
Save time and money; separate backup and archiving
You know that backup and archiving are necessary, but do you really know the difference between the two? Should all of your data be both backed up and archived? Read why combining the two could be a bad idea, and learn where to draw the line when it comes to saving your data.
NAS buying tips: Common sense appraoch to buying NAS
I am often asked by end users what NAS they should buy? My answer always surprises them. The answer is usually the same with minor variations: "It depends."
This was first published in April 2006