Tips

  • Use agents for disk or tape backup

    Author Randy Thorburn puts aside the debate over whether to back up to disk or tape and discusses using intelligent agents to make the decision and automate the whole process.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Find those missing LTO drives

    Where did they go?

  • How to make sure your IP storage is se

    How to make sure your IP storage is secure

  • Here comes ILM

    Information lifecycle management and what it means to you.

  • The seasonality of product announcemen

    The seasonality of product announcements

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.