Tips

  • Do you want a Firewire SAN?

    Firewire (IEEE 1394) is a serial bus usually associated with peripherals. Yet at least one company makes a firewire SAN and it has established a firm foothold, in a limited market.

  • Storage simplified: NAS gains traction

    Recent technological advancements combined with economic factors, have led to a growing adoption of NAS in the enterprise.

  • Smart SANs

    Here's a quick blueprint for thinking strategically about building your SAN, broken down into four major components: storage, computing, network infrastructure and software.

  • Find those missing LTO drives

    Where did they go?

  • A storage manager's worst nightmare

    What is a storage manager's least favorite season? Try hurricane season. Natural disasters are a real DR scenario consideration. Get planning hints here.

  • How to make sure your IP storage is se

    How to make sure your IP storage is secure

  • The seasonality of product announcemen

    The seasonality of product announcements

  • Here comes ILM

    Information lifecycle management and what it means to you.

  • Utility computing: Charge for storage?

    Bits & Bytes: Analyst Jamie Gruener takes a close look at the hype and hope surrounding utility computing and what storage managers and admins should be doing now to prepare.

  • Securing SAN's with iSCSI

    Bits & Bytes: According to Peter Hayden, correctly configured, iSCSI-based arrays offer the highest level of security available in SAN technologies. Read why here.

  • Audit your SAN's security risks

    This tip describes checklists for auditing the security of your storage area networks (SANs).

  • Questions surround digital rights mgt.

    Bits & Bytes: Questions abound about digital rights management. John Weinhoeft takes a look at what you need to ask yourself about long-term content management.

  • DR: One size doesn't fit all, but it fits most

    Bits & Bytes: The "one size fits all" DR debate continues. This time consultant Kevin Fox weighs in on how to think about establishing a DR plan should you be without one now.

  • Tune up your iSCSI storage router

    Cisco's SN 5400 storage router is a popular choice for iSCSI under Windows 2000. However by tuning the iSCSI driver you can improve its performance.

  • EBSI: Is it right for you?

    This tip offers advantages and disadvantages of the new backup initiative and products coming from the Enhanced Backup Solutions Initiative (EBSI).

  • The benefits of WORM disk

    New read-once write-many (WORM) disk is gaining regulatory acceptance. Read about the two WORM disk leaders, EMC's Centera and Net App's SnapLock here.

  • Critical design tasks in DR

    Jon Toigo digs into the second phase of his three-phase planning model: The design phase. He also explains which DR design tasks are critical for those doing DR on a budget.

  • In-band telecom

    Bits & Bytes: Jerome Wendt walks you through in-band telecom. It may be right for you if you are running multiple OSes and a heterogeneous SAN. But, it does have its pitfalls.

  • Avoid circular hierarchy references

    This tip describes an important caveat when dealing with tiered storage hierarchies and moving storage to various volumes: Avoid circular references.

  • Upgrading backup media? Avoid pitfalls

    This tip offers considerations for changing tape formats or backup media, and how best to avoid problems when converting your data to new formats.