• November 25, 2008 25 Nov'08

    iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel for SMBs

    Deciding whether to use iSCSI or Fibre Channel to build your storage area network (SAN) can be crucial to effectiveness of the implementation. This tip discusses the pros and cons of iSCSI and Fibre Channel in the SMB market.  Continue Reading

  • November 25, 2008 25 Nov'08

    Disaster recovery planning tutorial

    This feature covers such topics as business continuity on a budget, disaster recovery in a virtualized environment, conducting a disaster recovery test, and more.  Continue Reading

  • November 24, 2008 24 Nov'08

    Secure DAS without breaking the bank

    Whether you're using direct-attached storage (DAS) for primary data storage, backups or archiving, there are a ton of security issues affecting storage confidentiality, integrity and availability. Here are four DAS security issues SMBs can't afford ...  Continue Reading

  • November 24, 2008 24 Nov'08

    The pros and cons of solid-state drives for notebook computers

    A solid-state drive (SSD), like the name suggests, consists of flash memory, similar to what's in USB flash drives or Secure Digital media cards. This tip discusses the The pros and cons of solid-state drives in an SMB environment.  Continue Reading

  • November 14, 2008 14 Nov'08

    Fibre Channel tutorial: Fibre Channel SANs vs. iSCSI

    Learn how to choose between Fibre Channel and iSCSI, buy an entry-level SAN, move from DAS to a SAN, troubleshoot SAN performance issues, and more.  Continue Reading

  • November 13, 2008 13 Nov'08

    Considerations when selecting a data storage VAR

    Data storage for SMBs has moved beyond basic email and data files to include increasingly larger file formats like podcasts and video streams. In this tip, Martha Young outlines considerations SMBs should make when selecting a data storage VAR.  Continue Reading

  • November 10, 2008 10 Nov'08

    Thin provisioning FAQ

    Ashish Nadkarni, principal consultant with Glasshouse Technologies answers frequently asked questions about thin provisioning in the SMB space. His answers are also available as an MP3 for you to download.  Continue Reading

  • November 07, 2008 07 Nov'08

    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

  • November 06, 2008 06 Nov'08

    Small businesses move to NAS and attract attention

    Companies at the small end of the SMB spectrum are starting to adpot NAS from vendors like Buffalo Technology, Western Digital, Seagate LLC, Netgear Inc., and Iomega.  Continue Reading

  • November 03, 2008 03 Nov'08

    RAID for SMBs

    There are half a dozen or so officially recognized RAID levels and a number of combinations. In this tip, Rick Cook examines the RAID levels that are commonly used in small to midsized businesses (SMBs) and their effectiveness.  Continue Reading