Storage Technology Tips | Page 7


  • The value of easy-to-use SAN storage

    Storage-area network (SAN) storage is in a period of major change—it's getting much easier. In tight economic times, it makes sense for storage pros to consider these easy-to-use options des...

  • SAN storage consolidation checklist

    Learn about the critical questions you need to ask and answer before considering a storage-area network (SAN) storage consolidation project.

  • Pros and cons of using NAS NFS with VMware

    NAS NFS can be an efficient network storage methodology when dealing with VMware ESX and thousands of virtual machines, but NAS performance can be an issue.

  • A case for 8 GB Fibre Channel

    Since 4 GB Fibre Channel (FC) was introduced, there have been significant changes in data centers, including server virtualization, a focus on power and cooling, and the rapid acceptance of solid-s...

  • How to determine a NAS system's scalability

    This tip covers scalability limitations of a network-attached storage (NAS) system, including maxed managed file limits, IOPS and throughput limits, and capacity limits. It can help you avoid app...

  • Pros and cons of storage capacity management tools

    Learn what storage capacity management tools can and can't do by looking at the operational problems they're attempting to solve.

  • Top five SAN tips of 2008

    Here are the top five SAN tips of 2008, based on our readers' interest, covering such topics as SAN purchasing, protocols and LUNs.

  • 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.