Learning Guide

Learning Guide: NAS


If you want to learn more about NAS, this is the place. Whether you're setting up your first NAS box or you're an expert who wants to stay up to date on what's new in the NAS world, you'll find something of interest here. Check out our resources on NAS players and products, protocols, configuration, performance, backup and more.


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   NAS for dummies
   NAS players/products
   NAS trends
   NAS protocols
   NAS configuration
   NAS management
   NAS and backup
   NAS performance

  NAS for dummies Return to Table of Contents

Need help getting up to speed on NAS technology? The best place to start is always at the beginning.

Expert tips:
  • How to use NAS gateways
  • Select the right NAS filer
  • Dueling SAN technologies: NAS vs. iSCSI
  • Expert Q&As:
  • What is a NAS gateway?
  • NAS vs. Windows file server
  • Suitable methods for attaching NAS
  • NAS gateway products for 2004
  • What value does NAS add to an organization?
  • Why a NAS gateway?
  • How difficult are gateways to manage?
  • How easy is it to implement a NAS gateway?
  • How easy is it to drop a NAS gateway into an existing SAN?
  • What are the different NAS solutions
  • CIFS and protocols
  • A NAS filer and a NAS file server are the same thing
  • Advice on how to choose the right NAS for you
  • Does NAS have what it takes for me?
  • The difference between IP storage and iSCSI
  • What is a NAS head
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • Best storage products of the year
  • Additional resources:
  • What is NAS?
  • Webcast -- Where NAS makes sense
  • Storage Networking discussion forum
  •   NAS players/products Return to Table of Contents

    Stay on top of the game by knowing who the market movers and shakers are in the world of storage.

    Expert tips:
  • NAS -- different products for different market segments
  • Expert Q&As:
  • NAS benchmarks
  • NAS gateway products for 2004
  • Taking a look at product features
  • Looking for feedback on the new EMC NS600 NAS box
  • Creating a centralized, mirrored backup environment
  • Working up a competitive analysis is a good thing
  • Choosing the right NAS support services
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • File services frenzy
  • SunStorEdge 3310 NAS
  • File server with 200 GB drives
  • Best storage products of the year
  • NetApp opens up software
  • Snap hints at next-gen NAS
  • Roll your own NAS
  • Facelifts for many midrange NAS boxes
  • Addition resources:
  • Tech Roundup: NAS
  • Best Web Links -- Product Quick Takes
  • Sound off discussion forum
  •   NAS trends Return to Table of Contents

    Be ahead of the game when it comes to what's in store for NAS. Find out what's up with NAS gateways, virtualization, convergence and next-gen NAS.

    Expert tips:
  • Dueling SAN technologies: NAS vs. iSCSI
  • Spotlight on SAN/NAS convergence
  • Wireless NAS?
  • Storage simplified: NAS gains traction in the enterprise
  • Expert Q&As:
  • 2004 NAS predictions
  • What is a NAS head
  • SAN, NAS come together at last
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • NAS news: Boom continues
  • NAS heads: Gatekeepers for enterprise storage
  • Survey says: Appetite for NAS calms to SAN levels
  • Hot Spots: Smart storage managers will keep an eye on the emerging consumer market for NAS appliances.
  • Exchange and NAS on again
  • IT says yes to NAS gateways
  • Startups have bigger, faster alternatives to traditional NAS
  • Low-end NAS is backup mainstay
  • Windows Storage Server 2003 debuts
  • NAS gateways make IT sweat
  • File virtualization tackles NAS management woes
  • NetApp opens up software
  • Snap hints at next-gen NAS
  • Roll your own NAS
  • Next-generation NAS
  • Additional resources:
  • Top 10 SAN/NAS trends of 2004
  • A new chapter in storage networking
  • Best Web Links -- Trends
  •   NAS protocols Return to Table of Contents

    Do you know your NAS protocols? Find out what they are and how they work.

    Expert tips:
  • Where emerging technologies fit into the data center
  • How to roll your own NAS cluster
  • Expert Q&As:
  • Does Ethernet track requests sent to the server?
  • CIFS and protocols
  • Is it SMB or CIFS for NAS
  • Comparing NFS 2 and NFS 3 for secure authentication
  • Are there any reasons to migrate from NAS to iSCSI
  • The difference between IP storage and iSCSI
  • Choosing the right NAS support services
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • NAS nurtures iSCSI growth
  • WAN links gain speed
  • Next-generation NAS
  • Additional resources:
  • What is NDMP?
  • What is CIFS?
  • What is NFS?
  • What is TCP/IP?
  • What is NDMP
  • Webcast -- Deploying iSCSI
  •   NAS configuration Return to Table of Contents

    Before you go about trying to configure your NAS, check out what our experts have to say about NAS gateways, building your own NAS and where NAS might make sense for you.

    Expert tips:
  • Checklist: Ten steps to troubleshooting SAN/NAS performance problems
  • How to roll your own NAS cluster
  • Using NAS for database storage
  • Wireless NAS?
  • Select the right NAS filer
  • SAN, NAS come together at last
  • How to roll your own NAS cluster
  • Expert Q&As:
  • Windows NAS advice
  • Is NAS right for our needs?
  • SAN and NAS (heads), together at last
  • The nitty-gritty differences between SAN and NAS architectures
  • IDE NAS solution for home network
  • Suitable methods for attaching NAS
  • How easy is it to drop a NAS gateway into an existing SAN?
  • Searching for a 200-host NAS solution
  • Trying to maximize throughput
  • Yes, NAS filers are reliable
  • Building your own NAS is not a good thing
  • IDE- vs. SCSI-based NAS
  • How NAS blades in director-class switches work
  • Creating a centralized, mirrored backup environment
  • Using a NAS to reduce admin tasks
  • Is it possible to implement a cluster with NAS technology?
  • What kinds of processors are used in NAS?
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • File server with 200 GB drives
  • IT says yes to NAS gateways
  • Startups have bigger, faster alternatives to traditional
  • NAS on a grand scale
  • Getting Exchange to work with NAS
  • Separate your storage from your servers and use NAS as an access app
  • Facelifts for many midrange NAS boxes
  • Additional resources:
  • NAS: Do you speak geek?
  • Webcast --Where NAS makes sense
  • What is configuration
  •   NAS management Return to Table of Contents

    Managing data is one of the hardest tasks in storage, but there is help at hand from our experts.

    Expert tips:
  • For compliance, neither SAN nor NAS are a slam dunk
  • How to secure NFS to NAS devices
  • Spotlight on SAN/NAS convergence
  • NAS and gateways: Consideration for file storage
  • Consolidating NAS pays off
  • Let automation solve your storage headaches
  • Try NAS aggregation to ease admin woes
  • Expert Q&As
  • How do you defrag a hard drive on NAS?
  • NAS for multiple heterogeneous servers
  • NAS vs. Windows file server
  • Consolidate with NAS gateways
  • Why a NAS gateway?
  • How difficult are gateways to manage?
  • How easy is it to implement a NAS gateway?
  • Gateway management strategy
  • Working up a competitive analysis is a good thing
  • Choosing the right NAS support services
  • Are there any reasons to migrate from NAS to iSCSI
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • Chart a course for consolidation
  • Exchange and NAS on again
  • IT says yes to NAS gateways
  • Low-end NAS is backup mainstay
  • Consolidating NAS pays off
  • SAN/NAS convergence: proceed with caution
  • NAS on a grand scale
  • Storage managers grapple with Windows
  • Additional resources:
  • NAS buying tips: Common sense approach to buying NAS
  • Library of storage management tips
  • Storage Management discussion forum
  •   NAS and backup Return to Table of Contents

    NAS may not be your first thought for backup but yes, it is a viable solution.

    Expert tips:
  • Using NAS for database storage
  • Next-generation NAS
  • Hospital's diagnosis: Replace the backup system
  • NAS gives hotel a vacation from backup headaches
  • Storage simplified: NAS gains traction in the enterprise
  • Expert Q&As:
  • NAS box data movers
  • NAS and disk-to-disk backup
  • SAN or NAS for data warehousing
  • Moving database from SAN to NAS
  • NAS: Back up to disk or tape?
  • Creating a centralized, mirrored backup environment
  • What is the best way to use a NAS filer for backup?
  • Working up a competitive analysis is a good thing
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • Low-end NAS is backup mainstay
  • NAS on a grand scale
  • Additional resources:
  • Backup School: Lesson six -- Protection from hardware loss
  • Backup and Recovery discussion forum
  •   NAS performance Return to Table of Contents

    Don't over look the importance of calculating performance factors when it comes to evaluating NAS technology.

    Expert tips:
  • Using NAS for database storage
  • NAS gateway gets two thumbs up from IT
  • A new tack
  • Expert Q&As:
  • Performance differences between EMC NS500 and NetApp FAS270
  • What's so great about block-level access? -- Randy Kerns
  • What's so great about block-level access? -- Greg Schulz
  • iSCSI and NAS performance issues
  • Try to maximize throughput
  • Creating a centralized, mirrored backup environment
  • What kinds of processors are used in NAS?
  • Storage magazine insider:
  • Getting Exchange to work
  • Much ado about NAS
  • Separate your storage from your servers and use NAS as an access app
  • Additional resources:
  • Building high performance SAN/NAS infrastructures
  • This was first published in June 2005

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