Tips

  • Four steps rid disk inefficiencies

    Win2K provides a set of tools for measuring disk efficiencies in its System Monitor. But in order to get truly comparable statistics, you should follow the four steps in this tip.

  • ISCSI and FC tools, where are you?

    What's your best plan of attack if you plan on implementing both FC and iSCSI? This tip offers some management advice.

  • Automation tools grow up

    As rigid early automation tools start to fade away, new approaches are coming to market that promise to give admins continued control while taking pain away from complex tasks.

  • Six steps to improving disk throughput

    In Windows 2000, while the disk system is the logical suspect in performance degradation, it's not the only possible culprit--it may mean you need more memory.

  • Regulations derail e-mail management

    E-mail management derailed by regulations. Compliance officers want to keep e-mail forever. Ditto users. Which way is up? Sort out the confusion with the help of this tip.

  • Consolidating NAS pays off

    The role of network-attached storage may be changing as more and more storage managers discover the the benefits of using NAS to consolidate file servers.

  • Storage management tools matrix

    Take some of the complexity out of buying storage mangement tools with this handy matrix. This PDF chart compares 15 storage management tools from all of the major vendors.

  • SRM keeps your storage clean

    Storage resource management (SRM) software provides a powerful way to control runaway storage demands, but only if you can use it effectively.

  • Top 10 IP storage tips

    Here, you find the top 10 tips storage neophytes must consider before going down the IP storage path.

  • Simplify disk alignment in Windows 200

    Disk I/O optimization can suffer if the system crosses track boundaries. Rick Cook gives a quick fix to Windows 2000 users and points you right to the program to fix the problem.

  • Why you need to care about standards

    Here, Jamie Gruener discusses the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S), what it means the storage pro, and what you should ask vendors about their support of SMI-S.

  • Five questions for your SRM vendor

    Which questions do you need to ask before spending on any SRM solution? This tip gives you the right questions and answers to seek out from any SRM vendor.

  • Data classification: Start with applic

    In this tip Rick Cook explains how classification by application, and not data type, allows Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) to start paying dividends almost immediately.

  • Can you really trust automation?

    Many users don't trust automation. Alan Earls says the uncertainty of automation products and immaturity of storage environments as the reasons, but better products are coming.

  • Set strategic storage management polic

    Author Stephen Foskett says Storage mgmt. policies are the internal laws of an organization. Here, Foskett divides universal policies into three categories and describes each.

  • Set up persistent binding on an HBA

    In this Ask the Expert Q&A, SAN expert Chris Poelker gives you the code to set up persistent binding on an HBA for a Unix host.

  • What causes slow startup Windows 2000

    Failure to keep your service packs up-to-date is one reason Win2000 can be slow to startup. Find out in this tip how the problem has been corrected.

  • NAS gateways get two thumbs up from IT

    This tip by Alex Barrett highlights what analysts and big players in the storage market are saying about NAS gateways.

  • All RAID is not created equal

    Although there is nothing wrong with using low-cost arrays, careful attention needs to be paid to the actual components of the arrays.

  • Make sense of SAN management software

    To help you select the right software to manage your SAN, Rick Cook lists important questions you need to ask to help make the best purchase.