Charlie Schluting

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Storage Basics: Clustered File Systems

Many options exist for setting up clustered and highly available data storage, but figuring out what each option does...

Achieving Robust Clustered Storage with Linux and...

Load balancing is difficult. We often we need to share file systems via NFS or other mechanisms to provide...

Manage iSCSI Sprawl With iSNS Servers

We all agree that iSCSI is extremely flexible and useful, but a big pain point in enterprises these days...

Storage Basics: Is IP Storage Viable?

The media loves iSCSI: it is inexpensive to implement and offers many advantages over DAS or NAS solutions. Instead...

Storage Networking Basics: Understanding Storage Routing

Storage networking is not unlike IP networking most of the time. In the IP world, there are numerous routing...

Storage Networking Basics: Planning Your Fabric

Once a SAN fabric grows beyond the initial two SAN switches, it's time to start planning and designing your...

Storage Networking Basics: Reaping the Benefits of...

SANs can do some pretty fancy things that would otherwise be impossible. These include global file systems and the...

Storage Networking Basics: Configuring SAN-Attached Servers

Connecting a host to your shiny new SAN is not the same as connecting a single disk, or even...

Storage Basics: Understanding Fibre Channel Zones

Fibre Channel (FC) has more security mechanisms built-in than most people realize. They are largely underutilized and misunderstood, so...