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Tips for the everyday admin -- #7

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Our countdown, brought to you by SearchStorage.com high availability expert Evan Marcus, includes some common sense tips for the everyday storage admin to follow.

#7: Build for growth & repair

1. Systems always expand to fill capacity
- Don't fill your disk arrays or buses
- Leave extra backplane and memory slots
2. Build modularity into the system
- Don't put system disks inside servers
3. The quicker the repair, the quicker the recovery
4. Decrease MTTR

"Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future." -- Dr. Dale E. Turner

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This was first published in January 2003

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