[October 26, 2009] Much has changed since storage networks first appeared — and the biggest changes may be yet to come.
The Storage Basics SeriesSpecifically designed for the storage newcomer, the Storage Basics series introduces readers to relevant storage topics with easy-to-understand articles. The series is also useful for those interested in quickly learning about specific storage topics.
[August 21, 2009] WAN optimization promises huge gains in network performance, but how does it accomplish that?
[August 18, 2009] Clustered file systems can give you an easy route to highly available storage. We outline some of the options.
[July 14, 2009] You've got all that data sitting around collecting dust. Why not find a way to do something useful with it?
[May 8, 2009] There's no end to ideas for saving on data storage costs, but here's a few to get started.
[March 12, 2009] Data storage pricing is so far holding up despite the tough economy, but deals are out there to be had, especially in services and other value-added elements. And hardball negotiating tactics appear to be on the rise.
[July 21, 2008] With all the storage technologies out there, how do you choose which one's right for you?
[March 28, 2008] iSCSI is a media darling, but it might not belong on your demanding enterprise storage network. Weigh its benefits against Fibre Channel before proceeding, and remember that short-term cost factors have long-term consequences.
[March 27, 2008] Businesses of all shapes and sizes are strapped for storage. Our guide covers the gamut from highly affordable to high-powered network-attached storage options.
[March 21, 2008] Routing for your storage network is a non-standardized thicket that's nothing like what you're used to on your IP networks, but it pays to understand how it works.
[January 18, 2008] You can throw up a SAN in no time, but ensuring scalability takes careful planning.
[December 7, 2007] SANs can do some pretty fancy things that would otherwise be impossible.
[November 15, 2007] Networked storage isn't a plug-and-play proposition. Here's how to configure your configure your storage for optimal reliability.
[November 9, 2007] Getting zoning right is key to building a manageable storage network. Here's what you need to know to structure yours.
[November 2, 2007] Anyone can plug in a SAN. Understanding Fibre Channel domains, address assignment and VSANs will help you make that SAN resilient to change.
[October 12, 2007] Troubleshooting a SAN requires some knowledge of how the underlying protocols work. Here's the Fibre Channel protocol in-depth.
[October 5, 2007] Fibre Channel has long been the main storage area networking protocol, and for good reason.
[September 28, 2007] It involves some tedium, but configuring disk arrays is the most critical part of building a SAN. Here's what you need to know.
[September 21, 2007] We begin this new series with a look at what you need to know about key storage protocols.
[August 15, 2006] SATA and SAS are hot, but are they the silver bullet vendors and, yes, the press are presenting them as?
[August 2, 2006] Storage users share their tips for getting the most from vendor relationships.
[April 11, 2006] Ask most people what a storage server is, and you'll likely get blank stares or rambling varied answers. This Storage Basics article clarifies what makes a storage server, a storage server and provides examples of storage servers on the market.
[March 23, 2006] Small and mid-sized businesses have much different storage needs than their enterprise counterparts, forcing vendors to overhaul their offerings to tap this fast-growing market.
[March 17, 2006] With increasing regulatory demands and complex technology, storage security has become a discipline in its own right. Still, many companies don't include it in their security plans.
[March 11, 2006] Don't know much about storage? With 50 percent of organizations expected to add either a dedicated storage specialist or storage management team by year end, now is a good time to get familiar with the basics.
[November 23, 2005] When budgeting for storage, focus on getting your requirements met.
[September 22, 2005] There is much to consider when buying network-attached storage (NAS). Henry Newman looks at the steps you need to take to get a system that's right for you.
[August 25, 2005] Lessons learned from a lost weekend.
[July 8, 2005] In the first part of a series on storage security, we examine the fundamental concepts for securing storage area networks.
[February 15, 2005] Three NAS operating systems are vying for market share. Which is best?
[January 12, 2005] Network-attached storage is an area that is simultaneously evolving and exploding.
[August 4, 2004] After years of making Fibre Channel technology more and more complicated for enterprise storage administrators who wanted to be able to tweak everything, the storage industry finds itself going in the opposite direction as it begins to push Fibre Channel for small and medium businesses (SMBs).
[July 15, 2004] Companies looking to keep storage costs down might want to consider refurbished SAN equipment or utility storage.
[June 10, 2004] Data backup is a universal issue that all enterprises face. Backing up to tape is the standard solution, but there is much to choose from among the available standards and options. Ben Freeman looks at the range of tape options available.
[May 19, 2004] In the second part of our examination of IPSec, Mike Harwood discusses how to secure communications using IPSec in a Windows 2003 Server environment.
[May 7, 2004] Shopping for a RAID controller? In our latest Storage Basics article, we map out this complex maze, outlining some of the differences in SATA vs. SCSI and iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel.
[April 8, 2004] With the promise of a single, interoperable interface for managing storage devices and networks, the Storage Management Initiative Specification seems destined to simplify storage management. In our latest Storage Basics feature, Mike Harwood delves into the specification and looks at how SMI-S can benefit both end users and vendors alike.
[January 27, 2004] IP-based SANs are attractive alternatives to their more expensive and complex Fibre Channel counterparts, but securing IP communications remains a significant concern. In our latest Storage Basics article, Mike Harwood examines how the IP Security Protocol (IPSec) can ensure the security of your iSCSI storage network's data.
[January 14, 2004] ILM is being touted as a solution for managing the ever-changing value of data and maximizing the accessibility of that data at the lowest total cost, but what exactly does an ILM strategy entail, and what does it mean for storage in today's organizations?
[December 16, 2003] The storage industry is rife with so many acronyms it's almost impossible to keep on top of them all. Our new Storage Basics series adds one of its own while uncovering the mystery behind many others. Part 2 of the SESAs series looks at IB (InfiniBand), FSPF, VI, and DAFS.
[November 20, 2003] The storage industry is rife with so many acronyms it's almost impossible to keep on top of them all. Our Storage Basics series adds one of its own while uncovering the mystery behind many others. Part 1 of the SESAs series looks at FCIP, iFCP, SoIP, NDMP, and SMI-S.
[November 10, 2003] Against a backdrop of ever-growing data storage needs and a continually shrinking window for performing backups, Mike Harwood explores some of the strategies that can be employed in backing up large amounts of data, with a specific look at how LAN-free and server-free backup alternatives can be used to circumvent the backup window issue.
[September 24, 2003] Against a backdrop of ever-growing data storage needs and a continually shrinking window for performing backups, Mike Harwood explores some of the strategies that can be employed in backing up large amounts of data.
[July 30, 2003] With cable forming such a critical part of the network infrastructure, it's important to understand what types of cables are used for connecting Fibre Channel devices to a SAN. In the second part of a two-article series, Mike Harwood takes an in-depth look at fiber optics and discusses why fiber cabling has become the media of choice for SANs.
[June 16, 2003] With cables constituting such a critical part of the network infrastructure, it's important to understand the types of cabling used for connecting Fibre Channel devices to a SAN. In the first part of a two-article series highlighting Fibre Channel cables and connectors, Mike Harwood takes a look at copper-based cables and connectors and discusses why copper has given way to fiber as the media of choice when building SANs.
[May 22, 2003] Not all Fibre Channel hubs are created equal, and using the right one for a particular storage area network is an important consideration. In his latest Storage Basics article, Mike Harwood covers the various types of hubs available and examines how they stack up against switches in practical application.
[February 18, 2003] In the first part of our two-part look at Fibre Channel, we covered some of the reasons that Fibre Channel has become popular as well as the standards and market challenges facing Fibre Channel. In this second part we look at implementation considerations such as topologies, switches, and port types.
[January 22, 2003] In the second article of our new Storage Basics series, Mike Harwood unravels some of the mysteries and complexities of the Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI), focusing on implementation considerations such as signaling, termination and connector types.
[June 28, 2002] The next installment of our Storage Basics series is the first in a two-part look at Fibre Channel, one of the most enduring and prolific storage networking technologies in use today.
[March 27, 2002] In this article, the next in our series 'Storage Basics', we are going to look at the Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI). In part one, we'll look at SCSI as a technology, discuss some of the more popular SCSI standards and examine SCSI device numbering. In part two, we'll look at implementation considerations and how SCSI actually works.
[February 26, 2002] In part II of our series articles on storage basics, we introduce the basic purpose and function of a storage area network and examine its role in modern network environments
[March 28, 2001] Need to navigate your way around the technical aspects of network data storage? With this primer of terms, you'll know your way around the field with a minimum of fuss.