Clustering keeps servers and storage running smoothly, as well as offering performance and availability benefits. But with a variety of architectures to choose from, and an ever-increasing buffet of products on the market, how do you know which type of clustering is right for your company? This Crash Course will help get you started.
Introduction to clustered storage
- Clustering, going beyond the usual distributed storage arrangement
- Is it possible to implement a cluster with NAS technology?
- Evaluating clustering software products
- What you need to know in order to choose the right SAN products
- Clustering products for Windows
- NAS clustering breaks 1 GB barrier
- Which clustering technique is right for you?
- How to roll your own NAS cluster
- External storage array needed for clustering
- What is the best way to migrate from a Windows 2000 direct-attached cluster to a CX330?
- How to assign LUNs in a SAN
- Implementing an active/active data center
- Is it possible to SAN boot using an iSCSI adapter?
- Ten best practices for moving data files to a SAN
Availability and performance benefits
- Configuring SANs for high availability
- Clustering a SAN environment for high availability
- Making a case for high-quality failover management software
- Keep your SANs from crashing
- Look beyond clustering for high availability
- Topics: NAS clusters
- Topics: SAN planning and design
- ITKnowledge Exchange: Get peer advice on clustering
- Ask the Experts: Pose your toughest questions about clustering
This was first published in April 2005