Tech roundup: DR planning, LUN zoning, ATA vs. SATA

In case you've missed anything, here's a roundup of some of the best original technical content that appeared on SearchStorage.com the week of March 1-5. Tips, Ask the Expert Q&A's cover SAN/TAN vaulting solutions, LUNs, and choosing a DR team.

In case you've missed anything, here's a roundup of some of the best original technical content that appeared on SearchStorage.com the week of March 1-5. Tips, Ask the Expert Q&A's cover SAN/TAN vaulting solutions, LUNs, and choosing a DR team.



Table of Contents

  The lifespan of an HP DDS tape
  Will application functionality move to the switch?
   The difference between volume and a LUN
  How LUN zoning comes into play
   Who's winning the SATA/ATA race?
  Connecting tapes via duplicate
   SAN/TAN vaulting solutions
  How many admins does it take to manage a terabyte?
   Beyond storage: 12 types of critical disaster recovery teams
   Will RFID strain your storage?
  Snapshot guidelines


The lifespan of an HP DDS tape
Every tape has it's shelve life. Storage hardware expert Brendan Reilly passes along HP's claims on the lifespan of its DDS media.

Will application functionality move to the switch?
According to expert Brendan Reilly, application functionality will move to the switch but how far it will go has yet to be determined. There are several vendors currently offering switch level functionality but Brendan says we're still a few years away from seeing variable options from switch vendors.

The difference between volume and a LUN
SAN expert Chris Poelker briefly describes the difference between volume and LUN and how to easily differentiate between the two.

How LUN zoning comes into play
In SAN School lesson 3, Chris Poelker discusses LUN zoning methods but in this Q&A, he goes on to explain how those methods apply.

Who's winning the SATA/ATA race?
There really is no race since both SATA and ATA drives are already available on the market. And according to SAN expert Chris Poelker, both have a place in backup applications.

Connecting tapes via duplicate
According to backup software expert Pierre Dorion it is possible to replicate tapes via remote media using NetBackup 4.5 but he warns of serious limitations to such a practice.

SAN/TAN vaulting solutions
One SearchStorage.com reader is looking for a "clean" vaulting solution. Backup software expert Pierre Dorion sites a couple of vendor solutions. However, he advises that the ease of implementing the vaulting component depends on the version installed.

How many admins does it take to manage a terabyte?
In this tip, SearchStorage.com storage management expert Brett Cooper tells a reader if there's a rule-of-thumb on how many storage admins should be on staff per terabyte of data.

Beyond storage: 12 types of critical disaster recovery teams
This excerpt from authors and experts Evan Marcus and Hal Stern describes the 12 types of teams you should identify and staff ahead of time, as part of efforts to develop an overall disaster recovery plan.

Will RFID strain your storage?
Analysts agree that radio frequency identification technology (RFID) is the wave of the future, but when it comes around will you be ready to catch it? Since RFID events are highly transactional, some analysts are advising RFID adopters to rethink their storage and choose new arrays that are better suited to real-time retrieval than is currently the case.

Snapshot guidelines
Snapshots can play an important role in backing up data, disaster recovery and populating a secondary server with live data. This Featured Topic offers advice on low-cost snapshots, the eight guidelines to Windows-based snapshots and a handy guide to implementing snapshots.

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on SAN management, click here

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on SAN implementation, click here

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on NAS gateways, click here

To view SearchStorage.com's tech roundup on Mirroring, zoning and imaging, click here

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