Primary storage devices

  • How to choose a SAN switch for SMBs

    Storage environments in SMBs can range from a few servers and a couple of terabytes, to hundreds of servers and hundreds of terabytes. In this tip, Greg Schulz discusses some of the features to look for in a SAN switch in iSCSI, FCl, FCoE or ...  Continue Reading

  • Do you really need NAS?

    There are no short, hard-and-fast rules when it comes to determining if a small to midsized business (SMB) needs network-attached storage (NAS). In this tip, Tory Skyers discusses the advantages and disadvantages of networked storage in an SMB ...  Continue Reading

  • Secure your iSCSI storage

    A Fibre Channel (FC) storage-area network (SAN) is physically no more secure than an iSCSI one; it's just far more difficult to get to. In this tip, Mark Arnold discusses best practices for small to midsized businesses (SMBs) to secure their iSCSI ...  Continue Reading

  • Top questions to consider when consolidating SANs

    Small-midsized businesses (SMBs) frequently deal with disparate storage area networks (SANs). Many start with an entry-level system and later add a larger, more sophisticated one. In this tip, Marc Staimer discusses the top questions to consider ...  Continue Reading

  • The pros and cons of thin provisioning

    Most storage area networks (SANs) have a section in their marketing material entitled "Thin Provisioning," but what is it, how does it work and why does it matter? In this tip, Mark Arnold discusses how thin provisioning can help with both the ...  Continue Reading

  • Troubleshooting SAN performance issues

    SAN troubleshooting is tough because good design is not always obvious and Fibre Channel standards make interoperability a concern. This tip will review some common problem areas with SANs, describe how to diagnose problems and offer some ...  Continue Reading

  • Moving from DAS to NAS

    As the volume of data and the number of users in SMBs grow, direct-attached storage (DAS) becomes harder to manage. In this tip, Rick Cook discusses how SMBs can benefit from adding storage to their existing networks in the form of NAS.  Continue Reading

  • How to boot from a SAN

    Not too long ago, the idea of storing a server's operating system on the SAN was treated with skepticism. Now, with the growing adoption of iSCSI storage, some SMBs moving to networked storage are reconsidering having their servers boot from shared ...  Continue Reading

  • How to consolidate NAS boxes

    By now, we all know that network-attached storage (NAS) can provide benefits for small-midsized businesses (SMBs). However, managing more than a few NAS devices quickly becomes a burden, swapping the value out of NAS simplicity. This tip discusses ...  Continue Reading

  • Improve your storage energy efficiency

    SMBs are increasingly facing energy challenges. With IT budgets being stretched thin, this tip discusses how SMBs can implement energy efficient solutions to maximize budgets, help the environment and qualify for energy incentive rebates.  Continue Reading