Tips

  • 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.

  • Troubleshooting your NAS system

    This tip will point out some common sense suggestions and best practices that may help you to create or maintain a more robust and reliable NAS infrastructure.

  • 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.

  • Balance costs and demands for proper storage allocation

    Effective storage acquisition requires a clear understanding of your applications' I/O, storage capacity, service and availability requirements. This tip details how to balance costs and demands fo...

  • ISCSI vs. FC performance: A closer look

    Think that FC is faster than iSCSI? Vice versa? Storage expert Tony Asaro explains why the real answer may surprise you.

  • Worst practices for backup and disaster recovery, Part

    Even when network administrators are aware of the need for a solid data backup and recovery plan, too many companies observe worst practices, thereby dooming the plan. Here's a partial list of what...

  • Guidelines for controlling clustering

    This tip outlines different approaches, implementations and the factors to consider to effectively manage clustered resources.

  • Cable management best practices

    Maximize uptime by limiting bandwidth, distance, latency and congestion issues in your cable plant.

  • Storage 101: Using a director switch

    This tip outlines the features of a director switch and details the reasons a director could be advantageous to your particular SAN system.

  • Five reasons to outsource your SAN

    This tip discusses how storage service providers' business model has changed since the dot-com era and how outsourcing your data storage needs may help you save money.