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March 18, 2010  10:40 AM

Host bus adapters for SMBs

Mkellett Megan Kellett Profile: Mkellett

Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) often deal with the same frustrations and challenges as enterprise data storage environments, just on a smaller scale. For example, host bus adapters (HBAs) can often be a challenge when setting up a data storage environment.

In this podcast, Andrew Burton, site editor of SearchSMBStorage.com, and Tony Palmer, senior lab engineer with Enterprise Strategy Group, discuss common questions regarding HBAs such as popular features to consider before purchasing an HBA, what users need to be cautious of when installing an HBA and what options are available for SMBs.

Listen to the podcast below and let us know your thoughts on HBAs as well.

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March 9, 2010  3:13 PM

Backing up Hyper-V virtual servers vs. VMware virtual servers

Mkellett Megan Kellett Profile: Mkellett

Many people have implemented Microsoft Hyper-V servers in their virtual data backup environments, and it’s important to know the differences between backing up Hyper-V virtual servers vs. VMware virtual servers. For example, although they both use Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to ensure better backup performance, VMware uses it much differently than Hyper-V.

I talked with W. Curtis Preston, executive editor at TechTarget and independent backup expert, to  find out more differences between Hyper-V and VMware, the different approaches to backing up Hyper-V servers and the challenges you might come across when backing up your Hyper-V virtual servers. Listen to the podcast below and let us know what your thoughts are on backing up Hyper-V virtualized servers.

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March 8, 2010  2:02 PM

Products of the Year winners for the storage networking category

Mkellett Megan Kellett Profile: Mkellett

Chris Griffin, Associate Editor at SearchStorage.com, sat down again with Dave Raffo, senior news director at SearchStorage for part three of his Products of the Year podcast series. This week he discussed this year’s winners in the storage networking equipment category. The products were judged on their performance, innovation, functionality, ease of use and more.

Listen to the podcast below for their discussion and let us know what your thoughts are for this year’s winners in the storage networking category.

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March 2, 2010  11:24 AM

Products of the Year winners for the storage management category

Mkellett Megan Kellett Profile: Mkellett

Last week, Chris Griffin, Associate Editor at SearchStorage.com, sat down with Dave Raffo, senior news director at SearchStorage.com, to discuss Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com’s Products of the Year winners for the disk subsystem category. Each year, innovative and/or improved technologies are highlighted in five different categories in the annual Products of the Year contest.

This week, listen again as Chris Griffin and Dave Raffo discuss the winners of the storage management tools category of the contest. And let us know what your thoughts are on the winners in the storage management tools category.

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February 24, 2010  10:37 AM

How to choose the right collocation center for SMBs

Mkellett Megan Kellett Profile: Mkellett

A collocation center is a building or site where media and telecommunicatons are converged and connected. And sometimes, depending on the circumstances in a company, it can become their data center, providing support for mission-critical systems and applications. But what value does this have for disaster recovery? And what steps should an SMB take to choose the right collocation provider for their data storage environment?

I sat down with Paul Kirvan, secretary of the Business Continuity Institute and independent business continuity consultant, to talk about the importance of collocation centers for disaster recovery and SMBs. You can listen to his answers in the podcast below.

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February 22, 2010  4:18 PM

RAID for SMBs

Mkellett Megan Kellett Profile: Mkellett

RAID has been around for many years, and is part of many data storage environments for added data protection. If a disk drive fails, having RAID will allow you to contiue accessing the data by adding redundancy.

But it’s not as simple as that. There are several different RAID levels companies can choose from. How can you tell which one is right for your environment? Which ones are most suitable for SMBs? And are RAID arrays always reliable–what are the drawbacks with this type of technology?

I sat down with Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting to talk about the pros and cons of RAID for SMBs. Listen to the podcast below. And let us know what your thoughts are on RAID.

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February 19, 2010  11:38 AM

Products of the Year Winners for the disk subsystems category

Mkellett Megan Kellett Profile: Mkellett

Each year, Storage Magazine and SearchStorage.com put a spotlight on specific products that are innovative and/or take a previous technology a step up to a new level with the Products of the Year contest.

Products were rated in five categories: Backup and disaster recovery hardware, backup and disaster recovery software, disks and disk subsystems, storage management tools and storage networking equipment.

Chris Griffin, Associate Editor at SearchStorage.com, sat down with senior news director of SearchStorage.com, Dave Raffo, to discuss the disks and disk subsystems category winners of the 2009 Products of the Year contest. You can listen to their discussion in the podcast below.

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February 17, 2010  4:54 PM

The pros and cons of LTO tape technology

Mkellett Megan Kellett Profile: Mkellett

Linear tape-open (LTO) technology has been around for many years, and it’s been implemented in many data storage environments. But there are several different types of LTO, ranging from LTO-1 all the way to LTO-4. And most recently, the LTO Consortium announced that it’s going to release LTO-5 later this year with several improvements up from LTO-4, including double the capacity.

I sat down with W. Curtis Preston, executive editor at TechTarget, and independent backup expert, and talked to him about the pros and cons of LTO technology, the differences between LTO-3, 4, and 5, and if LTO-5 is predicted to catch on in the data storage world.

Listen to the podcast below for his thoughts. And let us know your thoughts on LTO technology too.

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February 12, 2010  12:19 PM

How WAN optimization can help with disaster recovery

Mkellett Megan Kellett Profile: Mkellett

Riverbed Technology recently released the Steelhead 7050 appliance, which has new features such as solid-state drives (SSDs) and 10 GB Ethernet that are supposed to enhance WAN optimization for disaster recovery, but how do they do that? Are there other potential features that could enhance WAN optimization? And what does the future look like for this technology?

I talked to Paul Kirvan, the secretary of the Business Continuity Institute and business continuity consultant and Nik Rouda, director of product marketing at Riverbed Technology about WAN optimization.

Listen to the podcast below for their thoughts, and let us know what yours are too!

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February 10, 2010  2:21 PM

Backing up data using replication and deduplication

Mkellett Megan Kellett Profile: Mkellett

Remote replicaton and data deduplication are two key technologies that are used for data backup. Furthermore, they’re often used together to back up branch offices to a central site.

In this podcast, W. Curtis Preston, executive editor of the Storage Media Group and independent backup expert, explains the pros and cons of backing up with replication and deduplication, the specific type of deduplication replication should be used with and the major vendors involved.

Listen to the podcast below hosted by Andrew Burton.

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