Top five SAN tips of 2008

Here are the top five SAN tips of 2008, based on our readers' interest, covering such topics as SAN purchasing, protocols and LUNs.

Tips on SANs always generate interest from SearchStorage.com members. In 2008, the site gave storage administrators pointers on tasks ranging from sizing a SAN to maximizing performance in a RAID group. Below are the five most popular SAN tips to appear on SearchStorage in 2008.

1. How to evaluate and purchase a SAN
If you're looking to implement a SAN, learn what challenges you need to overcome before you can reap the benefits of centralized storage.

2. How to size a SAN
If your DAS infrastructure has reached its limits, you'll want to move to a SAN. But do you know how to size a SAN? The first step is knowing what your storage requirements are.

3. How to determine the protocol for your SAN
Which transports and protocols should you use in your SAN? Here are suggestions on when to use iSCSI, Fibre Channel, or both.

4. LUN basics
Find out what a LUN is and how it is used.

5. Determining the number of drives in a RAID group
Learn how many drives in a RAID group it will take to give you the performance you need for a server, or for that new VMware implementation.

See all our SAN tips from 2008.

This was first published in December 2008

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