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ALSO CALLED: SAN Architecture, Storage Network, Server Area Networks, Storage SANs, Storage Area Networks
DEFINITION: Oversubscription, in a SAN (storage area network) switching environment, is the practice of connecting multiple devices to the same switch port to optimize switch use. Each SAN port can support a particular communication speed and a Fibre Channel switch may offer 1 Gb, 2 Gb, or 4 Gb FC ports. However, because ports are rarely run at their maximum speed for a prolonged period, multiple slower devices  … 
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Tennis Australia scores big with IBM® XIV® Storage Systems
sponsored by IBM
CASE STUDY: With the pressure and exposure of major international tournaments, Tennis Australia had a compelling need for reliable, easy-to-manage storage that could scale quickly. IBM served up their XIV Storage System, which dramatically reduced downtime, cut costs, and simplified storage management. Read this case study for more.
Posted: 22 Mar 2011 | Published: 22 Mar 2011

IBM

Bunnings builds on grid computing strategy with high-performance IBM® XIV® Storage Systems
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: When Bunnings, a retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products, needed to find a replacement for older storage systems that supported their vital business applications, they turned to IBM products. To learn how Bunnings benefited from this upgrade, read this case study.
Posted: 22 Mar 2011 | Published: 22 Mar 2011

IBM

E-Guide: Hybrid Cloud Storage
sponsored by Zenith Infotech
EGUIDE: The primary use of cloud storage today is for unstructured data, which is the fastest growing and most voluminous content, causing the most administrative pains. This SearchStorage.com e-guide talks about cloud computing and the next steps toward the wide adoption of this technology.
Posted: 15 Mar 2011 | Published: 15 Mar 2011

Zenith Infotech

Top Five Reasons to Sell EMC’s New VNXe Series Unified Storage
sponsored by EMC Backup and Recovery Solutions
WHITE PAPER: Learn how to Increase your opportunities and shorten your sales cycle by selling the EMC® VNXe™ series, a new unified storage offering for small and medium-size businesses. Continue reading this paper to learn the top five reasons to sell EMC’s new VNXe series unified storage.
Posted: 14 Mar 2011 | Published: 14 Mar 2011

EMC Backup and Recovery Solutions

E-Guide: Improve your performance and avoid bottlenecks in your storage networks
sponsored by PC Mall
EGUIDE: This e-guide will help you improve your storage-area networks (SANs) and fine-tune your storage networks. Find out what steps you should take to prepare your SAN for the worst, and learn what you can do to improve your storage network performance, efficiency and resiliency. Check out this e-guide today!
Posted: 14 Mar 2011 | Published: 14 Mar 2011

PC Mall

Implementing a Unified Storage System in a Small Business Environment
sponsored by EMC
EGUIDE: Unified storage and multiprotocol storage are becoming more popular in small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). These unified storage systems offer more flexibility to a small business. This e-guide examines some considerations for implementing, deploying and managing a unified storage system.
Posted: 10 Mar 2011 | Published: 10 Mar 2011

EMC

E-Guide: Best Practices for Managing Storage Efficiency
sponsored by Pillar Data Systems
EGUIDE: While server virtualization provides your customers with increased flexibility to respond to business needs, it also introduces some problems, especially in the storage arena. This guide is a quick and informative read that will explore new options of helping customers manage their unified and virtual servers projects.
Posted: 10 Mar 2011 | Published: 10 Mar 2011

Pillar Data Systems

How Dell EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition Helps Protect Virtual Environments
sponsored by Dell and VMware
WHITE PAPER: Dell™ EqualLogic™ Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition enables administrators to quickly and easily create hypervisor-aware snapshots of VMs--helping simplify data management, and increase application performance.
Posted: 10 Mar 2011 | Published: 10 Mar 2011

Dell and VMware

Using Tiered Storage in a PS Series SAN
sponsored by Dell and VMware
WHITE PAPER: This Technical Report describes the concepts and benefits of tiered storage, and describes how to take advantage of storage pools and other features of EqualLogic PS Series Firmware to implement tiered storage in a PS Series SAN.
Posted: 10 Mar 2011 | Published: 10 Mar 2011

Dell and VMware

Implementing a Unified Storage System in a Small Business Environment
sponsored by EMC Corporation
EGUIDE: Unified storage and multiprotocol storage are becoming more popular in small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). These unified storage systems offer more flexibility to a small business. This e-guide examines some considerations for implementing, deploying and managing a unified storage system.
Posted: 02 Mar 2011 | Published: 02 Mar 2011

EMC Corporation

E-Guide: Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan for Virtual Machines
sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems
EGUIDE: Virtual machine disaster recovery is a multifaceted activity that fails over a VM from a primary site to a remote location. Check out this e-guide to learn about the various approaches to virtual machine disaster recovery.
Posted: 21 Feb 2011 | Published: 21 Feb 2011

Hitachi Data Systems

Exchange Insider E-zine Volume 8: Prepping BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Exchange 2010 SP1
sponsored by SearchExchange.com
EZINE: Volume 8 of the Exchange Insider e-zine compares available Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) editions and then gives instructions for deploying BES Express for Exchange 2010. You’ll also get an overview of configuring Exchange Server 2010 for BES and some device management best practices to make sure all your clients remain in peak condition.
Posted: 08 Feb 2011 | Published: 08 Feb 2011

SearchExchange.com

Avoiding SAN Performance Problems
sponsored by Virtual Instruments
WHITE PAPER: Maintaining peak performance while simultaneously addressing the root cause of SAN errors is challenging. This paper presents a high level summary of the most common SAN problems and explores new ways to dramatically improve application performance and availability.
Posted: 02 Feb 2011 | Published: 01 Feb 2011

Virtual Instruments

Solving the SAN Storage / VMware Performance Puzzle
sponsored by Virtual Instruments
WEBCAST: Join Scott Lowe, VMware-Cisco Solutions Principal for EMC and Archie Hendryx, Senior Solutions Consultant for Virtual Instruments, as they provide insights as to how a comprehensive view, from the VM to the LUN, is imperative for further consolidation and safe Physical to Virtual migrations of your Tier 1 applications.
Posted: 31 Jan 2011 | Premiered: Jan 31, 2011

Virtual Instruments

Virtual Data Centre E-Zine Volume 20
sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems
EZINE: In this month’s e-zine discover several ideas on how to move virtualisation up on the priority list for your organisation. Also learn what you need to consider when planning storage in virtualised environments, and receive step-by-step instructions on how to import a virtual machine with the open virtualisation format (OVF) tool.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 | Published: 17 Jan 2011

Hitachi Data Systems

Image-Based Data Protection: Simply Better Data Protection
sponsored by Dell Software
WHITE PAPER: In this Quest Software white paper, see why image-based data protection is the next step in protecting your company’s critical data. Learn about the true value of moving to a image-based data protection virtual solution, including a solid return on investment, and how this new technology works in your current backup environment.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 | Published: 17 Jan 2011

Dell Software

E-Guide: FAQ: What is Health Data Archiving?
sponsored by BridgeHead Software
EGUIDE: Read this E-guide to learn more about the regulations involved in storing health data, how a SAN can improve data archiving and how to weigh the pro's and con's to achieve the most efficient data archiving strategy for your organization.
Posted: 12 Jan 2011 | Published: 05 Jan 2011

BridgeHead Software

Ethernet SAN or Fibre Channel SAN
sponsored by Coraid
WHITE PAPER: When it comes to choosing a storage area network (SAN) infrastructure, questions about performance, ease-of-use and cost are sure to come up. This technical brief reviews key differences to consider between Ethernet SAN and Fibre Channel SAN infrastructure when choosing a storage solution for your next virtual server or cloud storage project.
Posted: 10 Jan 2011 | Published: 07 Jan 2011

Coraid

VirtualWisdom optimizes the performance, availability, and utilization of VMware-enabled infrastructures and Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SANs)
sponsored by Virtual Instruments
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper to learn about how VirtualWisdom products and services provide comprehensive, real-time instrumentation and measurement that allows IT managers to optimize the performance, utilization, and availability of their SAN and virtualized IT infrastructure, including private clouds.
Posted: 06 Jan 2011 | Published: 06 Jan 2011

Virtual Instruments

Health Care Organization Gets Proactive with Virtual Instruments
sponsored by Virtual Instruments
WHITE PAPER: Plagued by frequent unplanned outages in a relatively simple SAN environment, a Texas health care facility turned to Virtual Instruments to provide the requisite insight and visibility for its new, much larger and complex virtualized SAN infrastructure. Continue reading to learn more.
Posted: 29 Dec 2010 | Published: 01 Nov 2010

Virtual Instruments

E-Guide: SRM Tools Struggle to Meet Today's Demands
sponsored by IBM
EGUIDE: Managing, organizing, and storing data can be a difficult task. Storage managers have, in recent years, turned to SRM tools to aid them in these tasks; however, recent data has shown that these tools have failed to meet the high demands of today’s data growth. Read on to learn more about the SRM landscape and how they struggle to meet demands.
Posted: 22 Dec 2010 | Published: 22 Dec 2010

IBM

Tiered Storage Tutorial
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
EGUIDE: Recent technology improvements aiding the success of tiered storage include new solid-state disks (SSDs), improved Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and more efficient data movement, classification and quality of service (QoS) software. Continue reading this tutorial to learn more.
Posted: 21 Dec 2010 | Published: 21 Dec 2010

Symantec Corporation

Presentation Transcript: Maximizing Your NAS Storage Investment with Real-Time Compression
sponsored by IBM Real-time Compression
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: In this presentation transcript, Steve Kenniston and Daniel Gill are going to talk about extraordinary storage efficiency with IBM Real-Time Compression.
Posted: 17 Dec 2010 | Published: 17 Dec 2010

IBM Real-time Compression

10 Things to Know Before Deploying 10 Gigabit Ethernet
sponsored by NETGEAR Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Over the years, improvements in 10GbE technology, price, and performance have extended its reach beyond enterprise data centers to midmarket networks. This white paper presents a list of 10 important things for achieving a reliable, affordable, and simple 10 Gigabit Ethernet deployment.
Posted: 17 Dec 2010 | Published: 17 Dec 2010

NETGEAR Inc.

IBM Delivers Extraordinary Efficiencies via Primary Storage Compression
sponsored by Storwize
WHITE PAPER: This paper discusses IBM's Real-time Compression—which enables organizations to optimize primary data stores so they can save new information, retain existing data for longer periods of time, consolidate existing systems, or benefit from some combination of the preceding.
Posted: 14 Dec 2010 | Published: 01 Dec 2010

Storwize
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SAN DEFINITION (continued): …  may fan in to a single port to take advantage of unused capacity. For example, a single storage server may not be able to sustain 4 Gbps to a switch port, so two 2 Gb servers or four 1 Gb servers may all be aggregated to that 4 Gb switch port.Oversubscription makes good technical and financial sense. Switch ports can be expensive and dedicating ports one-on-one is not the best use of switch ports and their available bandwidth. Fanning multiple devices into a single port can improve that port's utilization. This saves money and reduces the total number of switch ports that need to be configured … 
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