• 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

  • How does content-addressed storage differ from backup?

    The term content-addressed storage (CAS) refers to systems that store data in such a way that an object cannot be duplicated or modified once it has been stored. In this tip, Russ Fellows discusses how CAS differs from backups and how this ...  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

  • Tiered storage for SMBs

    If an SMB hasn't already deployed an iSCSI SAN or NAS filers, they're probably about to. This tip discusses how SMBs can increase the cost savings of consolidating storage by implementing tiers of storage instead of throwing everything on the same ...  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