Welcome to Wikibon's Storage Networks (SN) Portal. The SN Portal is a resource for IT professionals interested in building resilient, cost effective and flexible enterprise storage infrastructure to support mission and business critical applications. Key technology themes in this portal include storage area networks (SAN), network attached storage (NAS), iSCSI, SAS, storage consolidation and related innovations. We welcome you to join Wikibon, browse the portal and participate. You can write a Wikitip, Ask a Question or attend a Peer Incite Research Meeting.
The Wikibon Storage Network Portal contains storage network industry research, articles, expert opinion, case studies, and storage network company profiles.
Check out these Peer Incite Podcasts related to storage networking:
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2. Grant, a Sr. Storage Admin at a large bank discusses how heterogeneous storage virtualization can help reduce the budget for 2009. (20 Mins)
3. Wikibon's summary of IBM's 'stealthy' XIV announcement. (9:07)
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Back-end NAS virtualization promises better utilization of resources, tiered storage, improved management of NAS assets, higher availability, and greater flexibility in introducing change. Good implementations of front-end file virtualization offer users an easy migration path to consolidation and the ability to define virtual volumes and servers as their own. Together with thin provisioning NAS virtualization also offers users the ability to pay for what they use, not what has been allocated to them. NAS makes an ideal testing ground for virtualization concepts, as well as allowing IT to provide lower costs to the user and lower risk to the business as a whole.
Action Item: Use front-end and back-end NAS virtualization as a way to introduce the technology and help consolidate NAS.
Featured Case Study
CS2 is a financial organization and significant merger and acquisition activity has led to a mixture of storage and storage management tools behind nine SANs, with poor storage utilization. The charge back system does not reflect all the storage costs and has led to Symmetrix being used extensively for tier 2 storage.
Featured How-to Note
Traditional methods of managing storage use either a “one size fits all” strategy, or a "Mix, Match and Manage" approach introducing many different storage pools. The challenge of the first technique is high equipment cost, whereas the latter often brings higher labor costs to manage the multiple storage pools all with different software, services and procedures. Creating storage tiers with more granularity with a single management approach begins to address the problems that one size does not fit all and storage pools are hard to manage.