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Vol. 3 No. 9 November 2004

NAS Takes SMBs to Next Level

Not all small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are created equal. Take NetFronts Inc., a Web hosting provider in Salt Lake City, UT. With about $1 million in annual revenue and seven employees, the company fits the description of an SMB. But when it comes to storage, its requirements are far afield of what vendors think a company of its size would need. Storage vendors "can tell you what they want, but they're not reaching us," says Chris Marks, NetFronts' president. He came to that conclusion this year, after the firm set out to move the thousands of small files that comprise its customers' Web sites off internal disk drives and onto networked storage. The problem NetFronts was having with direct-attached storage was no different than for any other company: poor utilization. Despite having a balanced number of customers hosted on each server, some had excess capacity, and others were full. The first thing NetFronts considered was a storage area network (SAN), but because multiple servers need to serve up the same files, that ...

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Features in this issue

  • The search for cost-effective disaster recovery

    Creating an efficient DR strategy starts with determining the value of your company's applications and data. You can find the right mix of DR technologies to protect your data without breaking the bank.

  • Accommodating arrays

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Modern storage arrays offer disk types to meet any need -- costly Fibre Channel (FC) disks for high-end applications requiring superior performance and availability, and lower-priced SATA disks for less-critical data. The arrays also come with mixed RAID configurations. But selecting the right mix of disks and RAID levels requires understanding the impact of those decisions.

  • Cheap SANs--Hype or Hot?

    Low-cost SANs still looking for a market

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