Data storage technology tips for UK users

Learn how to troubleshoot SAN and NAS systems, ensure effective backup and recovery operations, and leverage virtualisation in your storage environment. has a variety of technical tips for resolving the issues surrounding data storage technology. These tips are designed for storage pros who want to learn more about effectively managing their own data storage resources. For your convenience, we've compiled our most recent tips on troubleshooting storage-area networks (SANs) and network-attached storage (NAS), ensuring effective backup and recovery operations, leveraging virtualisation in your storage environment and more.

Data archiving: Three key elements
There are many ideas about what a consolidated or unified data archive should look like, and preconceptions can clash when you're considering creating such a solution. Navigating the archiving market starts with an evaluation of your company's objectives for its archive. But regardless of whether you're using a consolidated or unified approach, archiving software, storage hardware and management software should be part of any data archiving system.

Network-attached storage clusters for virtualised environments
While network-attached storage clusters have been around for years, they're gaining renewed attention as companies increasingly turn to server virtualisation. NAS clusters can provide reliable, flexible and highly scalable networked storage to virtualised environments and as a result, the NAS market has seen considerable activity in the last year. Learn about the network considerations for NAS clusters in a virtualised environment, and whether a build or buy approach is right for your organisation.

Top tips for Active Directory data restorations and data recovery
If you've ever had to perform a recovery of a domain controller or of an entire Active Directory database, then you have no doubt discovered that restoring domain controllers is something of an art form. With Active Directory restorations, it is important that you understand how the restoration process works and that you are aware of the various caveats to the process. Check out the top tips for successfully restoring an Active Directory database, including backing up at least two domain controllers, knowing the differences between an authoritative restore and a non-authoritative restore, and more.

Formulating a remote-office data backup and recovery plan
Protecting data locked inside data centres has always been a central focus for IT. An important part of the "beyond the data center" challenge is remote-office or branch-office (ROBO) data protection. In the past, companies either ignored remote-site backup or dealt with it half-heartedly as effective and reasonably affordable solutions simply didn't exist. This approach is no longer sufficient. Here's what you need to know to formulate a data backup and recovery plan to for your remote and branch offices.

How to determine a NAS system's scalability
By design, NAS is incredibly simple networked storage. NAS is easy to set up, effortless to operate and provides easy data protection with snapshots and mirroring. However, because there are limitations on the scalability of a single NAS array, there are some caveats related to managing multiple NAS systems. Learn about the scalability limitations of a NAS system and how you can avoid application outages that occur when storage reaches these limits to more easily manage multiple NAS systems.

Best practices for using server virtualisation in your storage environment
Server virtualisation can lower costs and increase capacity on physical servers by sharing them among several virtual machines. However, there are a number of best practices to consider when using or thinking about server virtualisation. Learn about the best practices for using server virtualisation in your environment, including monitoring virtual machine performance, eliminating single points of failure, ensuring the write cache works properly and more.


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