A Windows administrator's guide to NAS

Learn best practices on deploying and troubleshooting NAS appliances.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 - NAS
 - NAS Basics
 - NAS Resources on the Web

 

NAS

Network-attached storage (NAS) is hard disk storage set up with its own network address rather than being attached to the department computer serving applications to a network's workstations.

NAS architectures experience performance problems when workloads are increased or new applications and/or tools are added. Some issues are specific to a given storage environment, but many can be isolated using this  checklist for troubleshooting NAS performance problems.

Find out how a company built a virtual tape library by using a  low-cost NAS software solution from E-Open.

One of the biggest challenges with NAS is file management.  Consolidating NAS on fewer files makes it easier to manage, and Windows Storage Server 2003 contains a number of features that do just that.

The SATA disk drive interface opens doors to Windows storage by  making NAS a more viable opportunity for backup and archival applications as well as just a standard file server.

 

NAS BASICS

Here's a book chapter on  Windows-powered NAS devices and snapshots

Here's a quiz you can take to measure  how much you know about NAS

Here's a look at the major players in the NAS marketplace.

A storage expert shares his thoughts on why you should consider a NAS gateway, whether it will be easy to implement a NAS gateways, how it will be managed and what NAS products are coming down the road.

 

NAS RESOURCES ON THE WEB
  • WinStorage: Now in ezine format, WinStorage helps administrators manage their storage in a Windows infrastructure.

  • Storage magazine offers storage vendors a vehicle to reach IT and executive managers who seek strategic coverage of storage as a front-and-center concern. It covers storage from a strategic point of view and offers trend analysis.

 

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