NAS systems implementation guide

Use this NAS systems implementation guide to navigate the issues related to customers' existing or new network-attached storage systems, including techniques to curb the growth of data on their NAS and advice on how to size a NAS.

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Unstructured data growth rates are forcing IT organizations to think more strategically about their NAS systems and improve their mechanisms for NAS management. To help you help them toward that goal, we've compiled a range of resources for you, including a big picture look at what technology trends are influencing the NAS market, a report on which vendors' products came out ahead in our recent reader quality survey, expert advice on...

how to address to size a NAS system and how to curb data growth, as well as tips on NAS-related concerns specific to SMBs, and more.

NAS solutions: Trends at work in the NAS market NAS systems have to respond to increasing amounts of data; read this special report to learn about the role of clustered NAS, unified storage, open source NAS, cloud-based NAS and 10 Gigabit Ethernet in the NAS solutions market.

The best NAS systems: NAS Quality Awards Find out how your NAS vendor partner ranked in this year's NAS Quality Awards survey conducted by Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com. The survey breaks down the market by midrange and enterprise-class products and ranks vendors based on five criteria: sales-force competence, ease of installation, product features, reliability and technical support.

NAS server sizing and configuration factors Find out what questions you should ask customers when helping them configure a NAS server, such as the number and speed of disk drives that the hardware will support, whether or not SSD will be used and user I/O demands.

Linux NAS: Does it make sense for customers? Creating a Linux-based NAS system by coupling Linux with server and storage hardware that you choose can help your customers save money, but it might not be the best option for a low-cost yet feature-rich NAS system.

The best NAS strategy: Enhance customer systems by addressing capacity growth, performance and power Customers can enhance their NAS environment by addressing three key problems: capacity growth, performance issues and power consumption. Find out how to deal with the problems.

Addressing unstructured data growth with disk-based achiving Find out how to address customers' unstructured data growth with disk archiving.

Addressing unstructured data growth with primary storage optimization Your customers have too much old, seldom-accessed unstructured data on primary storage, and it's growing quickly. To help them deal with the issue, you can approach them with a primary storage optimization project -- applying techniques and tools such as compression, deduplication and archiving.

NAS filer implementation: Solving three big problems for one large manufacturer Implementing NAS filers for a local company is a simple project. But when the job is for a global company with offices all around the world, it's a much bigger challenge. Find out how one consultant solved implementation problems for a large manufacturing company, thereby saving money, improving data protection and cutting complexity for branch office staff.

Cutting NAS growth using both storage quotas and IT chargeback

Find out why storage quotas by themselves won't solve the problem of unstructured data growth, why an IT chargeback system needs to be used in conjunction with it and what's involved in implementing such a solution.

SMBs and network-attached storage appliances: What you need to know before you buy NAS Many SMBs are thinking about switching to a NAS system. Learn how to help them evaluate whether a NAS is right for their environment.

Adding a NAS device to a data storage environment: A checklist for smaller businesses Determine if you need a NAS system for a customer's SMB environment by asking these six questions.

Data storage for virtual environments: Pros and cons of DAS, NAS and SAN Learn the pros and cons of DAS, NAS and SAN for a virtual environment.

This was first published in April 2010

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