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Vol. 3 No. 5 July 2004

Tune down costs

Simply put, it's imperative to match the kind of storage to the value of the application to lower storage costs. Put another way, cost-effective storage--especially for e-mail and applications on plain vanilla file servers--should provide service levels just above what's needed. Newer technologies, such as Serial ATA (SATA) drives and iSCSI connectivity, offer more ways to fine-tune your storage environment and save money by not overprovisioning storage. Best practices for e-mail storage Optimize capacity over performance Use pooled SAN storage (avoid DAS) Use storage virtualization for easy and fast expandability Use bigger disk drives at any performance level Use RAID 5 for best cost/capacity ratio Name directories and files with historical context, change locations periodically Multiplex (oversubscribe) e-mail servers 15:1 on SAN storage Use e-mail archiving software Document archiving operations Use WORM tape or CAS disk technology for e-mail archives Tuning e-mail storage E-mail is one of the fastest growing applications in...

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Features in this issue

  • Technology Report: WORM Tape

    WORM tape is increasingly being used for long-term archival purposes. Why? Because it's cheap, portable and satisfies today's demanding regulations.

  • First Look: Copan Systems Revolution 200T

    by  Lawrence Didsbury

    Can the Revolution 200T, which uses a new technology called MAID, straighten up your messy backup situation?

  • Tune down costs

    by  Marc Farley

    To save money and get the best performance, match the right type of storage with the application it's best suited for. We list several practical ways to optimize your storage.

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