Storage Technology Tips | Page 25


  • Effective SAN extension strategies

    Extending a SAN requires significant improvements to WAN support for Fibre Channel fabrics.

  • How to document a SAN

    Effective SAN documentation will keep your systems up and running even if your entire staff gets hit by a bus.

  • Backup budgets have it MAID

    Do you need to take a MAID approach to backup? Massive Array of Idle Disks is a cheap alternative to tape, but there is a downside in terms of retrieval time.

  • Are SMB HBAs good enough?

    As HBA vendors pare prices by stripping out infrequently used features, storage administrators need to ask if the next generation of less-costly HBAs will be good enough.

  • E-mail archive applications

    Systems administrators charged who manage e-mail servers are always looking for ways to improve performance. The biggest problem is how to store growing volumes of e-mail.

  • How to roll your own NAS cluster

    Having trouble finding a good out-of-the-box network-attached storage (NAS) clustering solution? Roll your own.

  • Ease into archiving through backup

    It may make sense to explore what your backup software vendor has to offer for archival software.

  • The evolving role of data replication

    Data replication may soon be viewed less as a standalone tool and more as a part of a continuum of data protection technologies.

  • Database too big for its SAN?

    Marc Staimer of Dragon Slayer Consulting says there's no way a database can saturate a SAN -- but if you're worried about performance, there are a few tricks you can try.

  • Experts pick top backup products

    Recently, one of our readers asked our backup experts to name their favorite backup products. Curtis Preston and Pierre Dorion weighed in with their lists.

  • Which comes first: SAN or backup?

    A reader recently asked our experts whether his organization should concentrate its efforts on implementing a SAN, or on improving its existing backup.

  • Windows backup application falls short

    XLink's FilePreserver, which allows users to restore files from snapshots, is a great idea but the execution is flawed.

  • The cost of data protection

    To determine how much data protection really costs, you have to take into account productivity and business losses.

  • Best fit for distributed clustering

    This series of articles compares the methods of storage clustering. This installment covers distributed clustering.

  • RFPs create savings

    There are a few steps that organizations should follow during the first phase of an RFP.

  • Exchange and NAS on again

    Microsoft has revised its "No Exchange on NAS" policy to "No Exchange on non-Microsoft NAS."

  • The importance of DR planning

    Everyone knows that disaster recovery planning is good for you, but getting companies to do the right thing is a challenge.

  • Be wary of Shadow Copy limitations

    If you're dealing with shared folders, Shadow Copy can make your life easier. But it's not a complete backup solution.

  • Non-distributed clustering

    This series of articles compares three methods of storage clustering, including examples of each. This installment covers non-distributed clustering.

  • Array and network migration gain

    In this last part of Jerome Wendt's "The best way to move data" article, he looks at array and network data migrations. He also offers his data movement recommendations.