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Top 10 storage management tips of 2004

Age old questions and trends in emerging technologies dominated the list of this year's top tips on managing SAN and NAS.

Age old questions ("How many admins do I need?") and trends in emerging technologies ("Four trends changing virtualization") dominated the list of this year's top tips on managing SAN and NAS.

 The top 10 storage management tips of 2004
1.How many admins does it take to manage a terabyte?
By Brett Cooper
There have been several reports from analysts that go into the requirements for storage administrators based on a specific vendor's storage products but this can be a very hard number to quantify. I have seen a large disparity in the ratio of storage administrators to the total storage pool size, everywhere from a couple in a 50 TB environment to five in a 20 TB environment.
2. The best practices of storage management
By Stephen Foskett
Most successful IT shops are now oriented toward service, but that isn't enough. You have to be able to back up your positive approach with solid processes. It has been said that customers judge a business by its latest transaction. To an internal service provider, this means that there's a constant risk of alienating the user community with a breakdown of process. Keeping ahead of the game is hard enough without trying to change the underlying infrastructure.
3. Four trends changing virtualization
By Jamie Gruener
Four trends come to mind that change the storage virtualization landscape: intelligent switches that will do volume and file management, grid storage, the growing convergence between virtualization tools and data management, and the pending integration of server and storage virtualization.
4. The advantages of SATA II over SATA I
By David Woolf
Serial ATA (SATA) has been designed and marketed as the replacement for parallel ATA, the most common disk drive interface in home and office computers. SATA I drives and controllers are currently available in many new desktop machines, but the current buzz for SATA revolves around improvements to the SATA specification that make SATA more useful in enterprise environments.
5. Looking ahead at 2004
By Jamie Gruener
So we're into the first month of a new year, and already it feels different than the last few -- at least in how we will manage storage going forward. What's changing? Clearly, we've become a lot more concerned about elements of the data lifecycle then we might have been in previous years.
6. Aiming for iSCSI targets
By Alex Barrett
If you're tired of waiting for hardware vendors to come out with iSCSI arrays, you can always build your own.
7. How to scan your SAN
By Brett Cooper
Here's a scenario: You have a SAN environment with eight Brocade switches, several EMC disk arrays and a StorageTek library. The two guys who were in charge of your SAN have left the company -- and didn't leave any SAN documentation behind.
8. How to troubleshoot SANs using WWN zoning
By Rick Cook
Identifying devices by their World Wide Name (WWN) when setting up zones on a SAN makes configuration easier, but it also provides some maintenance and troubleshooting advantages over tying devices to specific ports on the SAN switch.
9. Which comes first: The SAN or the backup?
By Jen Hubley
A reader recently wrote to our storage management experts to ask for help determining whether his organization should concentrate its efforts on implementing a SAN solution, or on improving its existing backup software and hardware.
10. Storage management tools matrix
Jerome M. Wendt
A storage resource management (SRM) tool can identify the capacity you have, control how it's being used and forecast how much more storage you will require. Any SRM tool will collect data on things such as file aging, disk and network performance as well as customer requirements such as application performance expectations.

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