Tips

  • SNIA testing program gains momentum

    Learn about the functionality of SNIA-CTP and why it may greatly benefit you and your storage system.

  • The path to managed backups

    No matter which option you choose, preparation is the key to successful outsourcing.

  • Controlling the storage sprawl

    Consolidation, automation and cost control are key to managing storage across multiple data centers.

  • Save time and money; separate backup and archiving

    Should all of your data be both backed up and archived? Read why combining the two could be a bad idea, and learn where to draw the line when it comes to saving your data.

  • The essential storage toolkit (that I wished I had!)

    Jon William Toigo offers tips and hints to help you figure out who is using up the most storage and what it's costing you.

  • SATA II arrives -- sort of

    Learn the origin of SATA II, and why some products that claim to support SATA II don't

  • Tech Roundup: Enterprise arrays

    Enterprise arrays are big storage boxes designed for big companies -- and the competition among vendors keeps getting more intense.

  • Midrange arrays get a makeover

    Two fixtures of the midrange modular array scene have received substantial makeovers, and more are on the way.

  • Encrypting tape: Software vs. hardware and key manageme

    Encrypting data is a high priority for businesses these days. This tip will help you become familiar with the formats of encryption and the importance of key management.

  • The myths and realities of SATA

    There's a lot of rumors out there about SATA. This tip will clarify what is true and what is mere folklore, and details the proper usage of SATA drives.

  • New backup strategies

    If your backup requirements include remote, unattended data centers; a five-minute RTO; a 15-minute RPO or a non-existent backup window, this tip is for you.

  • Not too small for SAN

    Not too long ago, SANs were exclusively enterprise technology. Most SMBs had storage requirements that were easily satisfied by server-resident disk drives. Times have changed.

  • A failed RAID drive needs immediate attention

    This tip emphasizes the importance of replacing a failed RAID drive immediately and the possible consequences of not doing so in a timely manner.

  • Got system recovery? Maybe you should

    Bare metal restores can be frustrating. But, there are a number of products that make bare metal restoration less of a headache for you and your organization.

  • Troubleshooting your SATA drive

    Use this checklist to help troubleshoot your SATA drive connection problems, and find out what to do with the jumpers and how to check the SATA BIOS drive.

  • Eight steps to buying storage

    This checklist will help you make storage-related decisions and purchases based on a simple process used by the Evaluator Group.

  • File services frenzy

    Recently, storage vendors that have lagged behind in the NAS market are displaying sudden bursts of energy and playing catch-up.

  • Choosing storage technologies

    This tip offers an overview of storage technologies divided into two parts, one for the personal or small business user and another for the enterprise user.

  • How to troubleshoot your storage

    This guide outlines steps you can take to prevent a storage shutdown, and offers troubleshooting tips for recovery.

  • Build a winning storage budget

    This tip offers advice on taking a business-plan approach to the process of building a storage budget.