Tips

  • The key to backing up the right info

    If you're not backing up the correct data, then all of the safeguards you have in place will not keep your business running when disaster does strike.

  • How to design a core/edge SAN

    Use the SPICE algorithm to simplify the process of designing a large core/edge SAN.

  • Cheap SANs -- Hype or hot?

    There's a lot of talk about cheap SANs for SMBs, but even the marketing guys admit that until better integrated software come along, it's still a case of "watch this space."

  • Do you still need to do full backups?

    > Before you choose synthetic fulls, make sure that the benefits (less time spent doing fulls, faster restores) outweigh the costs (more time and expense on the hardware side).

  • Pros and cons of iSCSI arrays

    ISCSI arrays will save you a pretty penny, but at a slight cost in terms of performance.

  • How to set up a bare metal restore

    Learn how to prepare your system to use Automated System Restore, and how to troubleshoot common problems that might arise during the process.

  • Plan before you implement SATA

    SATA disk offers cheap storage for second tier storage, but it's important to develop a management plan before implementing.

  • Three ways to secure backups

    There are three major areas you need to be concerned with when designing a secure backup system.

  • Make way for serial-attached SCSI

    SAS is having a smooth transition from the engineering white board to the market, largely because it incorporates older technologies such as SCSI and the XAUI physical layer.

  • A better way to predict disk failures

    Mean time between failure (MTBF) ratings are pretty much useless as far as consumers are concerned.

  • Increase a RAID 5 array

    You can quickly and easily increase the storage capacity of a RAID 5 array in Windows by using RAID 5's redundancy to sequentially add larger disks.

  • Preventing common RAID errors

    There's a reason we still make backups of data stored in RAID arrays: Things can still go wrong that can cost you all or most of the data stored on the array.

  • Checklist: How to buy a switch

    Buying the right switch for your networked storage infrastructure can be a challenge.

  • Compliance: Do you speak geek?

    With deadlines approaching fast, do you think you know all about compliance? Take our quick quiz and see how you measure up on our compliance geek-o-meter.

  • Building a storage management team

    Learn how to create a successful storage management team with a minimum of hassle.

  • NAS nurtures iSCSI growth

    All-in-one iSCSI/NAS arrays are easy to use, but there are some drawbacks in terms of flexibility.

  • Ten steps to data replication

    Christopher Poelker has assembled the following tips and best practices to help your team devise a data replication architecture that reduces downtime and saves money.

  • Keep your SANs from crashing

    Learn how to configure SANs for high availability.

  • Why aren't you using iSCSI HBAs?

    If you have an iSCSI SAN, chances are that you aren't using iSCSI HBAs. But maybe you should be.

  • Straight talk about D2D2T

    To understand the benefits and the drawbacks of D2D2T, you need to first understand how an application will use the topology.