• 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

  • Getting started with data deduplication

    When it comes to data storage, many small to midsized businesses (SMBs) have requirements similar to those of larger firms. This tip answers the questions that SMBs should be considering when getting started with data deduplication.  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

  • MAID and other energy-saving storage technologies for SMBs

    The cost to power and cool data storage gear is eating up IT budgets. In this tip, Daniel Dern discusses eight ways that small to midsized businesses (SMBs) can keep storage energy costs down while addressing potential impacts on response time, ...  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