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Vol. 4 No. 5 July 2005

Clustering comes to NAS

This story originally appeared in the July 2005 issue of "Storage" magazine. What you will learn from this tip: How clustering can relieve management headaches associated with monolithic NAS boxes. NAS stalwarts keep rolling out bigger and faster monolithic NAS boxes, but the competition is increasingly turning to another architectural model: clustering. On the traditional side is Network Appliance Inc., with its newest line of NAS products, the FAS3000 family. NetApp announced the midrange FAS3020 and FAS3050 this spring, which -- with 168 and 336 disk drives, respectively -- fall between the 56-drive FAS270 and the 672-drive FAS960. When outfitted with Serial ATA (SATA) drives -- a new feature for NetApp primary storage -- the new midrange models rival their high-end brethren in capacity: The FAS3020 supports 50 terabyte (TB) vs. the FAS960's 56 TB, while the FAS3050 goes up to 84 TB vs. the FAS980's 100 TB. Performance-wise, the new FAS3000 models deliver roughly twice the performance of the FAS920 and FAS940 midrange ...

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  • Data classification: Getting started

    by  Karl Langdon and John Merryman

    Classifying data and knowing how its value changes over time will improve service levels, create a better working relationship with business units and reduce costs. (This tip is part of our Storage 101 tip series.)

  • How DBAs view storage

    Storage magazine's exclusive poll gives you the lowdown on how DBAs and storage pros view storage. We detail each group's areas of concern, spotlight their differences and find some common ground.

  • Clustering comes to NAS

    by  Alex Barrett

    Fed up with monolithic NAS boxes that don't scale? Clustering provides a way out of the management headache that's being perpetuated by some industry players.

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