Storage Technology Tips | Page 24


  • Do SAN management tools help?

    SAN management tools can be useful, provided you're aware of their limitations and the needs of your specific environment.

  • How to test your UPS

    Uninterruptible Power Supplies are extremely rugged beasts -- which is both good news and bad news for storage administrators who rely on them.

  • The smart way to lease storage

    If you're thinking about leasing storage technology, you'll want to check out this tip before you sign anything.

  • How to determine acceptable data loss

    The first thing you need to do when creating a disaster recovery plan is to figure out what you can afford to lose.

  • Preventing problems in SATA drives

    Problems in SATA drives generally stem from one of two causes. This tip will tell you how to prevent both.

  • Steeling SATA for duty

    SATA drives don't have the same reliability as SCSI or Fibre Channel drives, but vendors are working to improve the situation.

  • Storage intelligence

    Where is the best place to embed storage intelligence into the network? The following guidelines will help you decide.

  • Microsoft supports iSCSI SAN clusters

    Microsoft is supporting iSCSI SANs using more than two clusters, but only under certain conditions.

  • Is the blush off the storage rose?

    The current state of the storage market may be bad news for vendors, but it could be good news for consumers who are looking to outfox vendor lock-in strategies.

  • How to troubleshoot SANs using WWN zon

    Identifying devices by their World Wide Name (WWN) when setting up zones on a SAN makes configuration easier, but it also provides some maintenance and troubleshooting advantages.

  • How to help your SAN keep its cool

    To find out how hot your SAN actually is, you have to do more than measure the temperature in the server room.

  • Dual plugs prevent failure

    Dual-plug storage products prevent one of the most common causes of SAN failure: Pulling the plug.

  • How to raise storage visibility

    How do you justify the criticality of the needs of the storage management team to get the resources that you need?

  • Advanced RAID functions

    Part one introduced you to hot swapping, online capacity expansion and online RAID level migration. Part two exposes you to N-way mirroring, splitting and hiding and more.

  • Should you choose a SATA-based array?

    The new, "cheap" SATA drives may not be as cost-effective as you think.

  • Help users help themselves

    Giving users the power to manage their own data can solve file share data gluts.

  • Enterprise-class RAID functions

    This column explains these less familiar enterprise-class RAID features, starting with a set of features that ensure system uptime and flexibility.

  • How to store e-mail on the cheap

    Cost-effective e-mail storage should still provide service levels just above what's needed. New technologies offer more ways to fine-tune your storage environment and save money.

  • Top 10 tips on storage management

    Jamie Gruener offers his top 10 pieces of advice for storage managers.

  • NAS vs. iSCSI

    Competition between the two "budget" storage technologies is heating up.