Tips

  • SRM software evaluation: 10 things you should consider

    This tip presents 10 things you need to consider when choosing storage resource management software.

  • Leasing vs. buying storage: A closer look

    To help you decide between leasing and buying storage, this tip looks at the pros and cons of each approach along with some situational considerations.

  • NAS survey: Top NAS hardware on the market

    Our survey reveals the top NAS hardware products, according to storage professionals at enterprise organizations.

  • Minimize storage costs; cut out the fat

    It's not too tough to make short-term cuts to reduce costs, but most companies find it difficult to sustain those cost savings over a longer stretch of time. Here's how to make cost cutting a long-...

  • Is storage automation right for you?

    This tip covers what storage automation is, and what it is not, and what it means to you. Also, you will learn why you should, or should not implement a storage automation product.

  • Restoring data: Increase your efficiency

    This tip highlights an aspect of backup that most are not as experienced and comfortable with -- restoring.

  • SATA drives: Four worst practices

    SATA drives have a few gotchas. Read about the four common SATA drive mistakes to avoid in your storage environment.

  • Thirteen data retention mistakes to avoid

    Information security expert Kevin Beaver outlines 13 data retention mistakes storage administrators frequently make, and what you can do to avoid them.

  • FC vs. iSCSI: Five tips in five minutes

    Recently, there has been a buzz among storage pros about how FC and iSCSI stack up. Check out this expert advice, so you can decide what is right for your organization.

  • Five tips in five minutes: A guide to cost management

    The following tips offer quick and easy advice on how to keep costs low while maintaining a prolific storage system.

  • Narrow down your iSCSI SAN options

    The iSCSI SAN market is hot right now. Get started learning about recent developments and key players so you can make good choices regarding iSCSI.

  • Take full advantage of the remote replication process

    With the increasing availability of cost-efficient products, many view remote data replication as the DR strategy of choice to address tighter RTO and offsite media handling issues. This tip outlin...

  • SAN vs. NAS: Which do you need?

    This tip will enable you to make a more informed decision on whether a NAS or SAN environment is best for the applications you need to deploy.

  • ISCSI SANs: How to alleviate the congestion

    Careful configuration of an iSCSI SAN will usually preclude most problems. But for slow network performance, adapter and switch settings can help speed things up.

  • Guidelines for better iSCSI security

    Learn about the following iSCSI SAN security guidelines: How to secure the management interface, how to authenticate and how to disable unnecessary network services.

  • Implementing SAS storage

    This tip offers advice on how to carefully lay out your topology, choose an appropriate mix of SAS and SATA drives and plan for future growth before setting up a SAS system.

  • Build the ultimate storage team

    Learn why your storage team should be made up of people with experience in a variety of disciplines, such as networking, server administration and budgetary planning.

  • Keep your backups within your window

    This tip discusses how pruning your data, tailoring your backups to network patterns and checking the logs of network activity can allow you to do more with less and deal with a shrinking backup wi...

  • Hack your storage to test your security

    This tip outlines various security tests you can perform, along with tools you can use, to ethically hack your storage systems and uncover vulnerabilities you might not have discovered otherwise.

  • Move your backups to a SAN

    Speed, communication and block-orientation are just a few of the reasons that users are moving their backups from Ethernet-based LANs to Fibre Channel SANs.