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High-capacity Drobo NAS marks return to vendor's roots

New Drobo NAS device -- the B810n -- is unveiled, presenting a single 64 TB namespace that can be divided into multiple SMB shares with thin provisioning.

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  • Shared SAS

    Shared serial-attached SCSI (SAS) is a method for attaching more than one server to a storage array via individual point-to-point or SAS switched connections.

  • desktop NAS

    Desktop NAS (network-attached storage) is a device that stores and serves the file-level data of networked computers.

  • SAN-in-a-box

    A SAN-in-a-box, also known as a SAN-in-a-can or a SAN kit, is a data storage device that includes all the basic SAN components are in a single package.

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Backup

Creating efficient backup processes should be a crucial initiative for IT professionals in small-midsized businesses (SMB). This topic section provides administrators with up-to-date news and how-to information about backup software tools, online backup, disk-based backup and data reduction. In addition, this section takes a closer look at various backup tools such as replication, snapshots, reporting and testing. It also discusses strategies for protecting data housed in remote technologies, the benefits of continuous data protection (CDP) and how tape backup and libraries can provide cost-effective, long-term data storage for SMBs.

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  • mount point

    Whether it comes from a partition on the same drive, a new hard drive, media inserted into an optical drive or some form of flash memory, any file system must be mounted before it can be displayed and its file system read. Only then can the operating system understand the correct format to write files to the medium for the given file system.

  • SAN-in-a-box

    A SAN-in-a-box, also known as a SAN-in-a-can or a SAN kit, is a data storage device that includes all the basic SAN components are in a single package.

  • online backup (remote backup)

    Online backup is a method of offsite data storage in which files, folders, or the entire contents of a hard drive are regularly backed up on a remote server or computer with a network connection...

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Storage Management

Optimizing data storage management can yield advantages for small-midsized businesses (SMB). Checkout this topic page for news and how-to information for improving your ability to perform data storage management. Learn more about the benefits of tiered storage, remote storage and virtualization strategies as well as how to improve your organization's data compliance and archiving efforts.

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  • Shared SAS

    Shared serial-attached SCSI (SAS) is a method for attaching more than one server to a storage array via individual point-to-point or SAS switched connections.

  • desktop NAS

    Desktop NAS (network-attached storage) is a device that stores and serves the file-level data of networked computers.

  • cloud storage service

    A cloud storage service is a business that maintains and manages its customers’ data and makes that data accessible over a network, usually the Internet. Most services are based on a utility storage model.

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Storage Strategy

Developing effective storage strategies for the data center can be crucial for organizations of any size. This topic section specifically focuses on the storage challenges facing small-midsized businesses (SMB). Learn more about developing an effective strategy for the data center, including information about outsourcing storage and the various storage vendors offering SMB-level products.

Recent Definitions

  • Shared SAS

    Shared serial-attached SCSI (SAS) is a method for attaching more than one server to a storage array via individual point-to-point or SAS switched connections.

  • desktop NAS

    Desktop NAS (network-attached storage) is a device that stores and serves the file-level data of networked computers.

  • SAN-in-a-box

    A SAN-in-a-box, also known as a SAN-in-a-can or a SAN kit, is a data storage device that includes all the basic SAN components are in a single package.

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Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery and planning are critical to organizations of any size. Check out this topic section to learn about the latest technologies and strategies available to IT professionals in small-midsized businesses (SMB), including, virtualized disaster recovery, continuous data protection, online backup, application-aware storage, bare-metal restore and serverless backup. Get the latest news and how-to information about business continuity and disaster recovery planning to protect your company against data loss and ensure system continuity and availability.

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NAS

While network-attached storage (NAS) provides many advantages for small-midsized businesses (SMB), it also presents many challenges. This topic section discusses strategies for addressing these challenges. Checkout this page for up-to-date news and how-to information about NAS clusters, hardware and appliances and management strategies.

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  • NAS filer (network-attached storage filer)

    NAS filers add scalable, expandable storage for file-serving purposes in data sharing, cloud applications, Internet and enterprise networks, in both Fibre Channel SANs and Ethernet LANs.

  • QNAP Systems Inc. (Quality Network Appliance Provider Systems Inc.)

    QNAP Systems Inc. is a Taiwanese-based storage vendor specializing in hardware systems for file sharing, storage management, virtualization and cloud services as well as surveillance applications for home and businesses.

  • mount point

    Whether it comes from a partition on the same drive, a new hard drive, media inserted into an optical drive or some form of flash memory, any file system must be mounted before it can be displayed and its file system read. Only then can the operating system understand the correct format to write files to the medium for the given file system.

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SAN

Small-midsized businesses (SMB) have traditionally stayed away from storage area network (SAN) implementations because of costs and complexities. This topic section discusses the latest technologies that are making SAN a viable option for SMBs including, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, host bus adapters and all-in-one SANs. Learn more about SAN design, routing, partitioning and management.

Recent Definitions

  • mount point

    Whether it comes from a partition on the same drive, a new hard drive, media inserted into an optical drive or some form of flash memory, any file system must be mounted before it can be displayed and its file system read. Only then can the operating system understand the correct format to write files to the medium for the given file system.

  • World Wide Name (WWN)

    A World Wide Name (WWN) is a unique identifier that is assigned to a manufacturer by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and hard-coded into a Fibre Channel (FC) device.

  • SAN-in-a-box

    A SAN-in-a-box, also known as a SAN-in-a-can or a SAN kit, is a data storage device that includes all the basic SAN components are in a single package.

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Hardware

Small-midsized businesses (SMB) have a unique set of challenges when it comes to addressing their storage needs. As a result, SMBs need to take a unique approach to selecting, implementing and utilizing storage hardware. Get the latest information and news surrounding storage hardware topics such as disk arrays, removable storage, disk drives and appliances.

Recent Definitions

  • Shared SAS

    Shared serial-attached SCSI (SAS) is a method for attaching more than one server to a storage array via individual point-to-point or SAS switched connections.

  • SAN-in-a-box

    A SAN-in-a-box, also known as a SAN-in-a-can or a SAN kit, is a data storage device that includes all the basic SAN components are in a single package.

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    ZFS is a local file system and logical volume manager created by Sun Microsystems to control the placement, storage and retrieval...

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    CIFS (Common Internet File System) is a protocol that gained popularity around the year 2000, as vendors worked to establish an ...

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    GlusterFS (Gluster File System) is an open source distributed file system that can scale out in building-block fashion to store ...

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    Tier 0 (tier zero) is a level of data storage that is faster, and perhaps more expensive, than any other level in the storage ...

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    SSD caching, also known as flash caching, is the temporary storage of data on NAND flash memory chips in a solid-state drive so ...

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    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

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