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Vol. 8 Num. 10 February 2010

Get control of NAS systems

With file storage sprouting up like weeds, data storage shops are grappling with managing multiple disparate NAS systems. But you can fight NAS sprawl with a number of technologies. At the end of 2008, Framingham, Mass.-based research firm IDC reported that for the first time ever, more data was stored on network-attached storage (NAS) systems or filers than on storage-area network (SAN) storage. In addition, IDC's more recent forecasts predict an acceleration of this trend. It's not only the number of files growing, but their size as well. All of this translates into more installed NAS systems. Adding more NAS systems is an understandable reaction to file growth as network-attached storage systems are typically self-contained and preconfigured for rapid installation, and are easy to implement, operate, manage and use. But most traditional NAS systems are also silos, so they contribute to NAS sprawl. The consequences of NAS sprawl can be summed up by the often-repeated adage, "I loved my first NAS filer, I really liked my second...

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Features in this issue

  • SAS drives showing up more and more

    Our monthly survey shows that more than 50% of respondents use SAS drives. With 6 Gbps SAS now available, SAS is poised to make an impact on various storage implementations.

  • 2009 enterprise data storage Products of the Year

    These 15 products rank as the best of 2009, as judged by a panel of users, analysts, consultants, and and Storage magazine editors. The list of top products is highlighted by several repeat winners who keep improving their products, and by relative upstarts who are breaking ground with newer technologies.

  • Get control of NAS systems

    File storage is growing very quickly, leaving storage shops to grapple with multiple disparate NAS systems. But a number of technologies can make file storage more manageable.

  • Storage networks get virtual

    by  Dennis Martin

    The benefits of virtualization can now be applied to storage networks. Read how new products make it possible to pool and share storage networking resources.

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