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A 5-Minute Crash Course on RAID

May 15, 2003
In 1987, three researchers at the University of California Berkeley, published a paper called 'A Case for Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive (Independent has replaced Inexpensive) Disks (RAID).' It described various types of disk arrays, referred to by the acronym RAID. The basic idea of RAID combined multiple small, inexpensive disk drives into an array of disk drives, which yields performance exceeding that of a single large expensive drive. Additionally, this array of drives appears to the computer as a single logical storage unit or drive.
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Uncover Holes in Your Organizations' Storage Infrastructures Part II

February 21, 2002
In part two of our interview with storage expert Robert Burns, he talks about how to plug holes in your disaster recovery preparedness once you've uncovered them.
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CrossNodes Checklist: Gauging Potential Disaster Impact

November 14, 2001
A key step in disaster recovery planning or business continuity planning includes analyzing the impact the disruption will have on an organization's business activity. Surveying tools, such as Business Impact Analysis (BIA) software, can help you to the impact a disaster might.have on your business. This checklist will act as a purchasing template to assess what BIA software is appropriate for you; what questions you need to ask the vendor; and what to ask of their references.
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Solid-State Disk Technology Provides Fast Access to Apps, At a High Cost

August 6, 2001
By relocating a few key files from mechanical disk drives to a speed demon of a solid-state disk drive, you can increase an application's performance by up to 50 percent.
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Networked Storage Book Worth Reading

August 6, 2001
Written by an independent consultant in the network storage industry
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It May No Longer Be NAS Versus SAN

July 13, 2001
Networked storage will continue to see a truce, if not a nice cooperative friendship, between SAN and NAS devices
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Slash Storage Area Network Costs With I-SCSI

July 2, 2001
How to gain the cost benefits of a SAN without a lot of unnecessary expense and Excedrin headaches
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New SAN Tape Backup Strategies - Not Just for Early Birds

May 8, 2001
LAN-free tape backups and server-less back ups have become a key storage management capability in SANs. However, the emergence of low-price tape automation systems could provide similar backup capabilities.
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Ten Questions to Ask Every Storage Management Software Vendor

May 1, 2001
Regardless of the storage management product you need for distributed computing, don't be afraid to ask the vendor the following 10 questions
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HP Hood's IT Department Milks Outsourced Backups

April 9, 2001
IT department has closed its server backup window forever, sliced yearly backup expenses in half.
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In-Storage: Storage Networking World and Storage Area Networks 2001

April 2, 2001
Storage is hot. And apparently, IT professionals have gotten the message. They've started to take events, such as Storage Networking World, very seriously. Say goodbye to vendors speaking to vendors, and say hello to vendors speaking to IT professionals.
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Systems Integrator Helps Healthcare Provider Control Storage Growth on Its Clustered Servers and SAN

April 2, 2001
To provide group-buying services for more than 1,800 hospitals, Premier, Inc., based in San Diego, California, maintains about 300 Windows NT servers, as well as more than 50 Unix servers, across four U.S. sites. Some of the sites use Microsoft Cluster Servers with about 200 gigabytes to 400 gigabytes of disk storage. One site has Compaq ProLiant 5500 servers connected via Fibre Channel to a storage area network consisting of an EMC Clariion storage system.
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Viathan -- Storage Load Balancers Go Into Business

April 2, 2001
This startup solves one key problem faced by many e-services - how to allocate Web database storage dynamically.
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Create a Disaster Emergency Plan 1-2-3

March 28, 2001
Any type of a disaster, be it brought on by man or by the extremes of nature, can bring business to a halt if you're not prepared for the inevitable. However, you can take three steps now to make sure your data center's resources will continue to function during and after a major disaster
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Storage outsourcing gets mixed reviews from IT suits

March 28, 2001
Storage has blossomed into a plethora of storage-only outsourcing services beyond the traditional off-site vault for backups. These services range from backup variations--desktop-only, server, and real- time replication--to on-demand virtual storage utilities.
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Systems Administrators Must Decide Which Tape Formats to Stick To

March 28, 2001
For the past five years, Quantum Corp.'s Digital Linear Tape (DLT) format for tape backup systems has dominated the midrange of the magnetic tape marketplace. Now systems administrators have other new tape formats to consider.
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Employees cause groundswell in network storage: Police it, SRM it, or both

March 28, 2001
No matter how big the disks, employees always seem to fill them with files. It may be time to institute storage resource management (SRM).
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Outsourcing Goes Beyond Storage for Dot-Coms

March 16, 2001
An IT outsourcing firm can handle all your infrastructure needs for you, taking the weight of hardware, switching equipment, and personnel off your back.
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Guide Helps You Evaluate Storage Architectures

February 9, 2001
A new guide available online will help you evaluate whether DAS, NAS, or SAN storage is right for your network.
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