Tips

  • Top five NAS tips of 2008

    Here are the top five NAS tips of 2008, based on our readers' interest, covering such topics as NAS consolidation, NAS interconnects and protocols.

  • How to evaluate and purchase a SAN

    The Royal Horticultural Society's network manager Martin Taylor guides users through the process of evaluating and purchasing a SAN.

  • Advantages of SATA II over SATA I

    New SATA II-based drives will make their way into the enterprise because of three features: port multipliers, port selectors and native command queuing.

  • High performance computing demands special backup appro

    For storage administrators, the increasing popularity of HPC servers translates into unique backup challenges.

  • Benefits and drawbacks of incremental and differential

    The differences between incremental and differential backups continue to generate many debates and cause confusion. Read this tip to learn how incremental and differential backups differ, and the b...

  • How to forge the perfect relationship with your enterpr

    You want your storage problems solved, you want to save money, and you want to see storage solutions work as advertised. The vendor sales representative wants your business. So why are good busines...

  • Determining the number of drives in a RAID group

    How many drives in a RAID group will it take to give you the performance you need for a database or email or file server, or for that new VMware implementation?

  • Determining the right SAN protocol

    Which transports and protocols should you use in your SAN? Here are suggestions on when to use iSCSI, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand.

  • What you need to know before implementing a NAS cluster

    Now that we've examined the reasons why clustered NAS is getting more popular with storage managers and dispelled the biggest myths about clustered NAS, you're almost ready to deploy a clustered NA...

  • How to create an RFP for NAS

    Creating an RFP will help you boil your NAS vendor choices down to a manageable few. And your NAS RFP should include one technology: thin provisioning.

  • NAS system planning strategies

    Implementing a NAS environment requires a lot of planning. This tip tells you why location, power and allocation are vital to consider when installing a NAS.

  • How to size a SAN

    If your DAS storage infrastructure has reached its limits, or your existing SAN is out of date or just plain end-of-life, your first step will be to know what your storage requirements are.

  • Understanding NAS interconnects: Fast Ethernet and Giga

    Understanding interconnects like Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, which are used to integrate NAS devices into networks, can help you make better decisions on NAS deployments.

  • Why NAS protocols are the language of NAS

    NAS protocols are the language of your NAS system, and understanding how they work is the key to operating a storage network. The main NAS protocols are CIFS and NFS, but iSCSI is gaining ground, a...

  • NAS devices remain simple and cost effective

    Despite the lack of some features, NAS continues to gain in popularity because users like the concept of just plugging a device into their Ethernet network and having storage available a few minute...

  • Dispelling myths about clustering NAS and file servers

    This article dispels some of the myths that have sprouted up about clustered storage because the term is used to describe so many different kinds of vendor offerings.

  • Clustered NAS gaining in popularity

    While clustered storage is often associated with high performance computing, the reality is that mainstream commercial environments are adopting clustered storage, particularly clustered NAS server...

  • Disaster recovery planning in a virtualized environment

    When crafting a disaster recovery strategy in a virtual server environment, storage administrators must take into account their data protection, recovery granularity and restore objectives.

  • Server virtualization has big disaster recovery payoff

    The biggest impact of server virtualization may be in disaster recovery, specifically in improving the recovery time of applications that you wouldn't dedicate a standby server to.

  • Using replication to prepare for VM disaster recovery

    When you're sizing up storage solutions for DR in a virtual environment, you should consider the issues of vendor support; storage architecture; replication options; deduplication; and recovery opt...