Tips

  • 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.

  • Incremental and differential backup

    This tip details the differences between incremental and differential backups and the benefits and drawbacks of each type.

  • Boot from the SAN with iSCSI

    This tip details the advantages of booting from the SAN instead of locally.

  • CDP: Super snapshots -- eventually

    This tip details two different definitions of CDP, the offerings from vendors in each camp and how continuous data protection differs from snapshots.

  • RAID-53: What is it?

    RAID 53 has a much higher transaction rate than RAID 3, which is achieved by striping the data across multiple RAID 3 arrays.

  • What SRM means to you

    Vendors have just about given up on monolithic SRM applications, but that doesn't mean that companies aren't using SRM.

  • SMI-S: Gaining acceptance among users

    SMI-S is gaining acceptance among users, but until vendors offer products with complete capabilities, full-scale adoption could be a way off.

  • How to make Windows work for you

    Windows often gets a bad rap when it comes to storage, but you can tap into Windows' hidden resources to make it more enterprise-worthy.

  • Checklist: Zone your SAN in five steps

    Learn how to develop an effective zoning plan and implement it with a minimum of hassle.

  • How to choose a backup reporting tool

    Backup reporting tools help track backup failures and determine their causes. This tip offers tips on choosing the right tool for your organization.

  • SATA drives ready for the enterprise?

    SATA drives are great low-cost alternatives to expensive Fibre Channel (FC) and drives, and new technologies are bringing SATA up to enterprise-class standards.

  • How to select storage management tools

    This tip offers information about various types of storage management tools, and how to choose the right ones for your needs.

  • How to select disk drives for DBMS

    This tip offers suggestions about what to take into account when choosing disks for database management systems.