Tips

  • Want better performance? Try plaid

    A data plaid aims to improve disk access performance by making disk accesses to the physical disk drives more random.

  • SD03: 10 Gb Emergence in data center

    At Storage Decisions 2003 consultant Marc Staimer spoke about how competing technologies such as 10 Gb Ethernet and Infiniband are pushing 10 GB FC further down the tech spectrum.

  • SD03: Creating RFPs for SAN management

    According to author and SearchStorage expert Marc Farley knowing what you want and what you have is the best way to get started on building a storage management RFP.

  • SD03: Planning for an array purchase

    At Storage Decisions 2003 expert Randy Kearns outlined how to buy a new storage array. His advice? Develop a strategy, set requirements, narrow your targets and make a selection.

  • SD03: Writing a switch RFP

    Research, negotiate, and knowing what you want are key to putting together a good switch RFP, according to John Webster, Senior Analyst and Founder of the Data Mobility Group.

  • Building a storage management practice

    Storage managers are responsible for aligning digital storage with the business requirements at the lowest cost. Expert Norbert Haag discusses how to accomplish these tasks.

  • SD03: RFP workshop for SRM

    At the Storage Decisions 2003 conference in Chicago, Yankee Group Senior Analyst Jamie Gruener outlined the necessary steps in his discussion about creating RFPs for SRM products.

  • Avoid e-mail storage policy mistakes

    What is your companies e-mail policy? Are e-mails purged after a set time or are they retained? Bob Spruzem uncovers the benefits of a good e-mail policy.

  • Tiny recovery tools

    Memory sticks can help a lot when something crashes.

  • Get a TOE hold on iSCSI

    ISCSI networking companies are now offering HBAs with built-in TCP Offload Engines (TOE) to take the load off the system. Get the lowdown on these new cards.

  • A peek into the minds of vendors

    Taking a peek into the minds of vendors

  • Using SRM for backup

    Storage managers aren't just looking for storage resource management (SRM) tools to help with primary storage allocation anymore -- but also for secondary storage purposes.

  • The myth of the nines

    The nines of reliability is a theory that refers to the percentage of time a system is running. But the theory's flaw is that it doesn't consider the timing of a system outage.

  • DR planning: Third-party help

    Find out how VARs, system integrators and consultants can be a valuable resource for you when putting together your DR plan.

  • Early adopters applaud iSCSI arrays

    If you are on the fence about iSCSI, you may want to take a look at what some of the early adopters are saying about their implementations.

  • How to deal with water-damaged tapes

    A flood, fire, or simply a broken pipe can cause serious water damage to your tapes -- and possibly your data. Find out what to do with water-damaged tapes.

  • Reduce the IT impact of power outages

    Author and DR expert Jon William Toigo shares specific tips for avoiding data disruptions during power outages, such as checking alternative power sources ahead of time.

  • Wireless NAS?

    A wireless NAS is a pretty specialized product but there are a couple of situations where a wireless NAS can be useful.

  • Calculating storage management ROI

    Storage management expert and Yankee Group senior analyst Jamie Gruener describes the key questions you need to ask yourself when determining ROI for storage management tools.

  • Protecting DCs against power outages

    In the wake of Thursday's blackouts -- data center maven and SearchStorage.com contributor John Weinhoeft tells us how data centers can effectively protect against power outages.