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Tutorials on data storage from SearchStorage.com

Looking for how-to information on data storage in the enterprise? We've compiled our data storage tutorials on this page for your convenience. Check out the information we've put together on network-attached storage (NAS), solid-state drive (SSD) technology, tiered storage, Fibre Channel (FC), storage-area networks (SANs) and more.

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Email archiving needs soar as e-discovery requests rise
The need to retain emails for legal discovery is driving a new wave of updates and improvements in the e-discovery market. IT organizations that purchase email archiving products chiefly to address storage management headaches often end up seeking additional tools to respond to litigation-related demands. This tutorial takes a closer look at email archiving and how the vendor landscape is evolving so vendors can compete on reporting tools, data classification capabilities and search functions in response to e-discovery.

SSD trends in enterprise storage
While solid-state drive (SSD) technology has been in use for decades, it was hardly a factor in enterprise storage until the recent drop in the pricing of flash memory. But while most storage vendors have added solid-states drives to their lineups, they aren't exactly flying off the shelves. This tutorial takes a closer look at SSD technology, comparing SSDs to Fibre Channel (FC), examining the various types of available SSD technology and more.

Growing data storage infrastructure may require new provisioning tools
With the rising popularity of virtual machines and the speed at which they can multiply, storage teams often have to automate a provisioning process. At the same time, tiered storage strategies are forcing storage administrators to carefully assess performance metrics and capacity when deciding on a provisioning strategy for their applications. This tutorial takes a closer look at the possibility of achieving fully automated, end-to-end storage provisioning in a growing data storage infrastructure.

Data classification fueled by e-discovery, storage tiering
What can data classification do for you? Maybe more than you think. The newest data classification tools offer more automation and drill-down functions than ever before. Fueled by the rise in e-discovery requests, and the increased use of storage tiering as a way of dealing with an explosion of data, the data classification market is getting a makeover. This tutorial takes a closer look at today's changing data classification market.

E-discovery and building a document retention policy
Want to know about purchasing an e-discovery software tool, understanding the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) and setting e-discovery policies that work? This five-part tutorial provides storage professionals with an overview of the 2009 e-discovery market and provides insight from users, vendors and corporate counsels.

Tiered storage tutorial
Storage administrators are increasingly revisiting tiered storage strategies to lower asset and operational costs, and to improve application performance. Recent tiered storage technology improvements include new solid-state disks, improved Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and more efficient data movement, classification and quality of service (QoS) software. This tutorial explores why these developments provide more tiers of storage to choose from, and facilitate moving data to the optimal available storage tier.

Virtual desktop infrastructure tutorial: Part 1
Data storage is no small consideration for any organization that decides to implement a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). With a VDI approach, an IT department can deliver a full desktop image to its users from virtual machines (VMs) running on servers in the data center. In the first part of this tutorial, VDI considerations and conserving disk space are explored, as well as a case study on a virtual desktop infrastructure user.

Virtual desktop infrastructure tutorial: Part 2
Virtual desktop infrastructures provide a way for IT departments to deliver a full desktop image to users from virtual machines running on servers in the data center. The second part of this tutorial explores new products that are promising to make VDI easier, including Citrix System's XenDesktop 3 and VMware Inc.'s View.

Fibre Channel SAN switches tutorial
A business about to buy its first storage-area network (SAN) might consider an iSCSI SAN, which can make use of the existing Ethernet switching and IP infrastructure. But most companies that have already deployed a SAN have a substantial investment in Fibre Channel (FC) switches to connect their servers and storage devices. In this tutorial, you will learn how to decide on the right Fibre Channel SAN switch, and how to maintain switch performance.

Tutorial on clustered storage
Clustering is one of the oldest concepts in storage, but it's getting a new spin as major vendors chime in with smaller players, promoting offerings that can scale well beyond the traditional set-up of two nodes tightly coupled for failover purposes. This tutorial takes a closer look at clustered storage architectures.

Tutorial on network-attached storage
Network-attached storage (NAS) is a class of dedicated hard disk-based file storage devices. Rather than storing data on disks allocated on file servers scattered throughout an organization, a NAS device provides central, consolidated disk storage available to LAN users through a standard network connection. Check out this tutorial for a closer look at NAS technology.

This was first published in June 2009

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