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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Outsourcing data storage considerations for SMBs

    Outsourcing data storage and backups is an effective way for small to midsized businesses (SMBs) to capitalize on IT without making the investment themselves. This tutorial provides a list for small to midsized businesses (SMBs) to consider when ...Continue Reading

  • 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

  • Getting started with data deduplication

    When it comes to data storage, many small to midsized businesses (SMBs) have requirements similar to those of larger firms. This tip answers the questions that SMBs should be considering when getting started with data deduplication.Continue Reading

  • Secure your iSCSI storage

    A Fibre Channel (FC) storage-area network (SAN) is physically no more secure than an iSCSI one; it's just far more difficult to get to. In this tip, Mark Arnold discusses best practices for small to midsized businesses (SMBs) to secure their iSCSI ...Continue Reading

  • Conducting a disaster recovery test for SMBs

    Small to midsized businesses (SMBs) that invest funds and efforts in developing a disaster recovery (DR) plan, must ensure they perform proper testing. In this tip, Pierre Dorion discusses exactly what a DR test needs to include for ensuring success...Continue Reading

  • Top questions to consider when consolidating SANs

    Small-midsized businesses (SMBs) frequently deal with disparate storage area networks (SANs). Many start with an entry-level system and later add a larger, more sophisticated one. In this tip, Marc Staimer discusses the top questions to consider ...Continue Reading

  • How to secure mobile data on USB drives for SMBs

    USB flash drives containing business-critical data are lost, misplaced and stolen in small-midsized businesses (SMBs) nearly everyday. In this tip, Daniel Dern discusses how your business can leverage effective policies and procedures to secure ...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

  • How SMBs can ensure storage security

    With minimal time and a small budget, many small and midsized businesses (SMBs) often struggle to achieve reasonable information security. In this tip, Kevin Beaver discusses the keys areas that SMBs can address to ensure data storage security.Continue Reading

  • How to establish a recovery time objective (RTO) for SMBs

    What does recovery time objective (RTO) exactly mean? The RTO is the specific amount of time before a business is negatively impacted by the interruption of a system or application supporting critical business processes. In this tip, Pierre Dorion ...Continue Reading