Top five NAS tips of 2008

NAS was a hot topic again this year for SearchStorage.com readers. Below are the top five NAS tips of 2008, based on our readers' interest, covering such topics as NAS consolidation, NAS interconnects and protocols.

1. Clustered NAS gaining in popularity

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While clustered storage is often associated with high-performance computing, the reality is that mainstream commercial environments are adopting clustered storage, particularly clustered NAS servers, at a rapid rate.

2 Dispelling myths about clustering NAS and file servers
Unravel some of the myths about clustered storage, as the term is used to describe so many different kinds of vendor offerings.

3. Understanding NAS interconnects: Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet
Understanding interconnects, such as Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, which are used to integrate NAS devices into networks, can help you make better decisions on NAS deployments.

4. Why NAS protocols are the language of NAS
Knowing how NAS protocols work is the key to operating a storage network, and while the main NAS protocols are CIFS and NFS, iSCSI is gaining ground, and FCoE may be just around the corner.

5. Planning for NAS
Implementing a NAS environment requires a lot of planning. Learn why location, power and allocation are vital to consider when installing a NAS.

See all our NAS tips from 2008.

This was first published in December 2008

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