Tips

  • Remote replication out of the array

    SRDF has its limitations: It's extremely expensive and only works within Symmetrix environments.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A better way to predict disk failures

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

  • 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.