Tips

  • 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.

  • Consolidated storage management: Coming soon?

    Managing a heterogeneous storage environment means juggling a hodgepodge of vendor-specific tools. Some vendors are working toward a consolidated management console, but standards are needed for si...

  • Network disaster recovery: What to consider

    David Davis provides a checklist to prepare you with all the right questions to ask and topics to consider when creating a disaster recovery plan for your network.

  • Balancing SATA and SCSI

    Selecting the right combination of SATA and SCSI disk drives in your system is critical. This tip offers suggestions on how you can strike an effective balance.

  • Dealing with backup server instability

    Rick Cook outlines common causes of backup failure and suggests tips for avoiding backup server instability.

  • Five must-have storage security testing tools

    You know that your storage systems need to be secured and there are plenty of tools to find general security vulnerabilities. But, what about tools that look specifically at storage security vulner...

  • Five ways to add capacity to a NAS system

    NAS expert Randy Kerns offers some actions to take in order to find more space on your NAS system.

  • Email archiving implementation: What you need to consid

    Selecting an email archiving application based solely on functionality may result in unexpected administration costs. Considering the following 10 points before deploying an email archive can help ...

  • 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 fi...

  • Records retention: How to avoid recovery headaches

    Traditional backups are rarely adequate for records retention, but many are still relying on them. Rick Cook outlines four things to consider when setting up a records retention policy that can sav...

  • Five musts for NetBackup restores

    Five tips for successful NetBackup restores are outlined in this tip.

  • 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.

  • Network disaster recovery checklist

    This checklist, broken down into four topical areas -- general network considerations, LAN, WAN, and network infrastructure applications -- can help you focus your disaster recovery planning effort.

  • The rising cost of cheap storage

    The commoditization of storage has been driving acquisition cost down for quite some time. However, hidden costs are now starting to surface as organizations struggle to manage hundreds of terabyte...

  • How SMBs can select a NAS system

    The key factors an SMB should consider for making a NAS system selection and some of usage areas that may have an effect on the choice are outlined in this tip.

  • Backup your LAN without the performance impact

    Learn how to perform LAN-based backups without placing a burden on your network and reduce the impact of poor network performance on your backups.

  • 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.

  • The problem with unstructured information

    Information security expert Kevin Beaver highlights the problem of managing unstructured information and what you can do to keep your organization on the right track to storage security and out of ...

  • Cost-effective legacy data protection

    For business, legal, regulatory and compliance reasons it is often important to protect data that is a decade old or more. Learn what you can do to cut data protection costs on older data.

  • SAN performance: Five tips in five minutes

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