Tips

Tips

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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