Learning Guide: Low-cost storage

If you're trying to find resources on low-cost networking, iSCSI, SATA and IP storage, you've come to the right place. SearchStorage.com's editors have put together a stockpile of the latest news, expert advice and tips to help you stay on top of what's going on in the world of low-cost storage. From beginners to experts, there's something for everyone here.

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If you're looking for resources on low-cost networking, iSCSI, SATA and IP storage, you've come to the right place. SearchStorage.com's editors have put together a stockpile of the latest news, expert advice and tips to help you stay on top of what's going on in the world of low-cost storage. From beginners to experts, there's something for everyone here.


  Table of Contents  

   Low-cost disk
   Low-cost networking
   IP storage
   Additional resources

  Low-cost disk  Return to Table of Contents

ATA, SATA and SAS -- buzz words you keep hearing when it comes to low-cost storage. Find out about the risk factors, where the technology is headed and how to leverage low-cost solutions.

ATA
Expert tips:
  • Disk cost busters -- How to leverage low-cost disk solutions
  • Serial ATA adoption ramping up
  • The advantages of serial ATA over parallel ATA
  • Expert Q&As:
  • Data compatibility between ATA and FC
  • SATA, Fibre Channel and ATA disks on the same array?
  • NAS and disk-to-disk backup
  • Troubleshooting IDE drives
  • How many devices can be attached to an IDE cable?
  • Who is winning the SATA/ATA race?
  • SCSI/FC disks vs. IDE/ATA disks
  • Advantages of ATA and SATA disk drives
  • Defending ATA technology
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • Deals abound for high-end storage
  • Killer serial: Is ATA ready for the enterprise?
  • Spend less on storage
  • Tune down costs
  • Remote DR: Faster, farther and cheaper
  • Desktop-class Fibre Channel to replace ATA and SATA?

    In the news:
  • Storage Clips: Hitachi's new hard drives to take on ATA
  • HDS moves downmarket with ATA-based array
  • Tape's new love affair with disk
  • Users dump Fibre Channel for ATA
  • At 400 GB, Hitachi DeskStar is new heavyweight champ
  • Deals abound for high-end storage

    SATA
    Expert tips:
  • Are SATA drives ready for the enterprise?
  • How to get SCSI reliability on a SATA budget
  • Cheap SATA spurs D2D
  • Plan before you implement SATA
  • How to prevent common problems in SATA drives
  • Steeling SATA for duty
  • Should you choose a SATA-based array?
  • The advantages of SATA II over SATA 1
  • How SATA drives hook up to a SAN
  • Where the SATA vs. SCSI race stands
  • Serial Attached SCSI gains momentum
  • Backup budgets have it MAID with cheap disk
  • How to store e-mail on the cheap

    Expert Q&As:
  • SATA connectivity issues
  • SATA, Fibre Channel and ATA disks on the same array?
  • Who is winning the SATA/ATA race?
  • How SATA drives hook up to a SAN
  • SATA to SCSI comparison
  • The scoop on SATA and SCSI technologies
  • Advantages of ATA and SATA disk drives
  • SATA as an alternative to serial storage architecture
  • Staging older files to the SATA partition
  • Using NetBackup to backup Serial ATA
  • The difference between SATA and FATA

    Storage magazine insider:
  • SATA arrays on cheap-ish
  • Steeling for SATA duty
  • Spend less on storage
  • Tune down costs
  • SATA drive challenges SCSI functionality
  • Serial ATA adoption ramping up
  • Remote DR: Faster, farther and cheaper
  • Survey says: Serial ATA will be hot technology of 2004
  • Desktop-class Fibre Channel to replace ATA and SATA?
  • Cheap SATA spurs D2D
  • SATA II doubles disk speed to 3Gb/sec

    In the news:
  • Industry debates the role of SATA drives
  • Snap users get a boost
  • IBM offers low-cost disk, tamper-proof tape
  • IBM promises lower bill for remote replication
  • AMCC aims to cut RAID controller costs
  • Industry debates the role of SATA drives
  • Sun recharges its storage line
  • HP snubs SATA for low-cost Fibre drive
  • Sun lets SATA plans out of the bag
  • Serial ATA product handbook
  • At 400 GB, Hitachi DeskStar is new heavyweight champ
  • How low-cost storage can change your data center

    SAS
    Expert tips:
  • Make way for serial-attached SCSI
  • Where emerging technologies fit into the data center
  • Expert Q&As:
  • SAS disk drive advantage?
  • Where SAS will play out
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • Spend less on storage
  • No SAS for networked storage
  • Whys and wherefores of SAS
  • Hot technologies for 2005 and beyond

    In the news:
  • Hitachi drops 2.5-inch SAS drives
  • Storage Clips: Seagate's SAS drives ready for OEMs
  • Seagate touts SAS drives as faster alternative to SATA
  •   Low-cost networking  Return to Table of Contents

    Low-cost strategies do fit into the SAN and NAS shop. Take a look at NAS vs. iSCSI, iSCSI SAN clusters, how SATA drives hook up to a SAN and more low-cost solutions.

    SAN
    Expert tips:
  • Checklist: Zone your SAN in five steps
  • Learning Guide: SAN
  • How to choose the best switch for your SAN or LAN
  • Expand your SAN: No-sweat SAN design tools
  • SAN road map: How to scale beyond a single fabric
  • How to design a core/edge SAN
  • Checklist: Ten steps to troubleshooting SAN/NAS performance problems
  • SAN-in-a-box: Fibre Channel performance at iSCSI prices?
  • For compliance, neither SAN nor NAS are a slam dunk
  • How SATA drives hook up to a SAN
  • Dueling SAN technologies: NAS vs. iSCSI
  • How to tweak Ethernet for iSCSI SANs
  • Microsoft supports iSCSI SAN clusters – kind of
  • iSCSI and FC tools, where are you?
  • iSCSI bites into the price of Fibre Channel
  • Which switches to consider for iSCSI SANS
  • Expert Q&As:
  • SAN and NAS (heads), together at last
  • Moving database from SAN to NAS
  • What do you think about SAN-in-a-box?
  • How SATA drives hook up to a SAN
  • What type of switches should I use for pure iSCSI SAN?
  • Managing iSCSI/FCIP SANs with SRM/HSM products
  • Is it possible to SAN boot using an iSCSI adapter?
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • Slash SAN costs
  • Hot technologies in 2004
  • Getting ready for IP SANs

    In the news:
  • Firms experiencing more SAN-related disruptions than expected
  • SAN disk-as-disk
  • Storage Clips: Microsoft launches simple SAN club
  • Learning Guide: SAN management
  • HP kills OpenView SAN manager, OEMs AppIQ
  • Storage Clips: EqualLogic deploys giant IP SAN
  • More choices for integrating IP SANs
  • HP offers low-cost SAN gear
  • Sub-10,000 SANs become a reality
  • New player enters the low-cost SAN game

    NAS
    Expert tips:
  • How to use NAS gateways
  • How low will RAID costs go?
  • Dueling SAN technologies: NAS vs. iSCSI

    Expert Q&As:

  • NAS box data movers
  • Windows NAS advice
  • Security issues in NAS backup
  • Moving database from SAN to NAS
  • Is NAS right for our needs?
  • How do you defrag a hard drive on NAS?
  • Mysterious formatting on a NAS hard drive
  • Is NAS a low-end technology?
  • Are there any reasons to migrate from NAS to iSCSI
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • NAS nurtures iSCSI growth

    In the news:
  • Midrange NAS survey
  • Storage Clips: Dell, EMC team up on NAS
  • Storage Clips: EMC adds NAS Acopia switch
  • NAS boom spells trouble for users
  • EMC raises the bar for NAS
  • HDS offers NAS blade, cuts ties with NetApp
  • Top 10 SAN/NAS trends of 2004
  • Storage Clips: Iomega updates NAS servers
  • Cisco to resell EMC Celerra NAS
  • Storage Clips: BlueArc smashes NAS IOPS record
  • NAS clustering break 1 GB barrier
  • Storage Clips: HP offers low-cost NAS iSCSI

      IP storage  Return to Table of Contents

    IP storage -- what's it all about? Keep on top of iSCSI, FCIP and iFCP technologies as well what's up with Fibre SANs and fiber IP networks.

    iSCSI
    Expert tips:

  • MC TOEs the iSCSI line
  • Five ways to secure iSCSI
  • Does the midrange market belong to iSCSI?
  • How to store e-mail on the cheap
  • Dueling SAN technologies: NAS vs. iSCSI
  • How to tweak Ethernet for iSCSI SANs
  • Microsoft supports iSCSI SAN clusters – kind of
  • Aiming for iSCSI targets
  • iSCSI and FC tools, where are you?
  • iSCSI bites into the price of Fibre Channel
  • Which switches to consider for iSCSI SANS
  • Expert Q&As:
  • Has iSCSI arrived?
  • Does Fibre Channel compare with iSCSI? Which one is better?
  • Data warehousing with iSCSI for SQL Server 2000
  • When does iSCSI arbitration take place?
  • Is it cost-effective to implement iSCSI on a tape drive?
  • Connecting an iSCSI storage solution with a Unix or Windows host
  • What type of switches should I use for pure iSCSI SAN?
  • What can iSCSI do that FC can't
  • Managing iSCSI/FCIP SANs with SRM/HSM products
  • Are there any reasons to migrate from NAS to iSCSI
  • Is it possible to SAN boot using an iSCSI adapter?
  • What will it be, iSCSI or iFCP

    Storage magazine insider:
  • NAS nurtures iSCSI growth
  • Hot technologies in 2004
  • Tune down costs
  • User: I want my iSCSI HBA
  • iSCSI for Unix on the way
  • Survey says: I want my iSCSI
  • iSCSI: Are we there yet?
  • iSCSI waters getting warmer
  • NAS nurtures iSCSI growth
  • Do you plan on implementing iSCSI?

    In the news:
  • ISCSI goes where FC dares not
  • Has iSCSI arrived?
  • IBM gets back to iSCSI with entry-level server
  • EMC draws battle line with iSCSI
  • Dirt cheap iSCSI software hits the shelves
  • Storage Clips: HP offers low-cost NAS iSCSI
  • Mirroring data over IP
  • IP networks
    Expert tips:

  • Top 10 IP storage tips
  • Expert Q&As:
  • Should we use CAT 5 cabling to assign and IP?
  • The difference between IP storage and iSCSI
  • The differences between iFCP and FCIP
  • Managing iSCSI/FCIP SANs with SRM/HSM products
  • Mixing Fibre SANs with fiber IP networks
  • What will it be, iSCSI or iFCP

    Storage magazine insider:
  • Remote DR: Faster, farther and cheaper
  • IP storage delivers
  • Getting ready for IP SANs
  • IP storage delivers

    In the news:
  • Crash Course: IP SANs
  • Strategic Storage: Eyeing IP storage
  • IP storage: Do you speak geek?
  • More choices for integrating IP SANs

      Additional resources  Return to Table of Contents

    Below you will find a list of SearchStorage.com's Low-cost alerts that are geared to keep storage professionals ahead of the low-cost knowledge curve. You'll also find low-cost tips and tricks from how to locate low-cost snapshot products to mainframe storage on the cheap.

    Low-cost alerts
  • Where the SATA vs. SCSI race stands
  • Which switches to consider for iSCSI SANs
  • iSCSI bites into the price of Fibre Channel
  • How SATA drives hook up to a SAN
  • Cut costs with tiered backups
  • Bargain hunting for NetBackup
  • Sub-$10,000 SANs become a reality
  • Is low-cost Fibre Channel finally here?

    More low-cost tips and tricks
  • Enterprise-class RAID functions: What they are and when to use them
  • Webcast: Deploying iSCSI
  • Webcast: How low-cost storage can change your data center
  • Usage guide to SATA and other low-cost disk drives
  • Fast Guide: iSCSI
  • Help finding low-cost snapshot products
  • Low-cost storage, standards take shape
  • Disk vs. tape, for low-cost storage
  • How to determine what data to store on low-cost disk
  • Archive storage is more than cheap disk
  • Mainframe storage on the cheap
  • Prime time for secondary storage
  • Tape's new love affair with disk
  • IBM offers low-cost disk, tamper-proof tape
  • IBM promises lower bill for remote replication
  • AMCC aims to cut RAID controller costs
  • IDC: Fibre Channel switch prices dropping

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