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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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Dell Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Reference Architecture
sponsored by Dell and Microsoft
WHITE PAPER: This paper proposes several sample virtualisation architectures based on Dell's server and storage products. Architectures are divided into three main categories: Small, Medium, and Large. These categories are based on the features and capacity of each product, as well as the complexity of the overall architecture.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 | Published: 21 Jun 2011

Dell and Microsoft

eGuide: Hyper-V - What You Need to Know before Getting Started
sponsored by Dell and Microsoft
EGUIDE: In this E-Guide learn how Microsoft Hyper-V fits into the server virtualization landscape, with insight on exactly what Hyper-V has to offer, and analysis of how the Microsoft technology stacks up against the competition.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 | Published: 21 Jun 2011

Dell and Microsoft

Presentation Transcript: Considerations for moving to Windows Server 2008 R2
sponsored by Dell and Microsoft
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: This presentation transcript explores the key features of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V. Find out how this technology compares to its predecessor and gain insight into the benefits you can expect to achieve from using Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows 7.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 | Published: 21 Jun 2011

Dell and Microsoft

Time Value of Data
sponsored by SGI
WHITE PAPER: All of the printed material on earth is estimated to be about 200 petabytes (200,000 terabytes) of data. That is a lot of information and a lot of data to manage. But it is dwarfed by the amount of data that is generated worldwide with information technology today. Read this white paper to learn more about how to survive the information explosion.
Posted: 13 Jun 2011 | Published: 13 Jun 2011

SGI

Case Study: German TV Broadcaster RTL II Accelerates Content Delivery with Storage Solutions from SGI
sponsored by SGI
CASE STUDY: As a TV station offering programming around the clock, the requirements of a storage solution for digital media content at RTL II are both clear and sophisticated: the technologies used must be state of the art in order to meet the demanding IT performance requirements, as large data volumes need to be transferred at top speeds.
Posted: 13 Jun 2011 | Published: 13 Jun 2011

SGI

SANS Institute: Oracle Database Security, What to Look for and Where to Secure
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: To properly protect the information at the database layer there are a number of comprehensive measures that need to be taken. With this paper Tanya Baccum, SANS Institute analyst, examines these measures for holistically protecting Oracle database from inside out.
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 | Published: 08 Jun 2010

Oracle Corporation

Top 7 Business Reasons for Tapping Your Fibre Channel SAN
sponsored by Virtual Instruments
WHITE PAPER: Rapid increases in both the operating speeds and general complexity of SAN technologies, exacerbated by the high change rates demanded of enterprise IT organizations, significantly increase demands on the fiber optic physical layer. Check out this white paper to learn more.
Posted: 01 Jun 2011 | Published: 27 May 2011

Virtual Instruments

Cashing in on Cost Reductions: Five Surefire Tips for a Better Bottom Line
sponsored by MSDI
WHITE PAPER: In these competitive times, there’s pressure to conserve cash and operate in the lean. But at the same time, data growth and innovation call for continued IT investment. Toward this end, MSDI offers five surefire ways to improve one’s bottom line—without sacrificing the user experience.
Posted: 27 May 2011 | Published: 27 May 2011

MSDI

E-Guide: Expert Guide to Virtualization Storage Options
sponsored by Dell Compellent
EGUIDE: Selecting the right storage options for your virtual environment can be a real challenge if you aren’t sure what you are looking for. In this eguide our experts at SearchServerVirtualization.com explore a variety of storage options that support virtualization, including shared storage.
Posted: 20 May 2011 | Published: 20 May 2011

Dell Compellent

Video: Whiteboarding with Will - EqualLogic Thin Clones
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
VIDEO: The Dell EqualLogic PS Series SAN has a ton of amazing built in all inclusive features. Snapshots, virtualized storage, clones, replicas and a host of software integration. Watch this brief videocast now to learn about Thin Clones and how they can be used to create space efficient copies of environments and when they could be used.
Posted: 16 May 2011 | Premiered: 16 May 2011

Dell, Inc.

IBM System Storage DS5000 Series
sponsored by IBM
MICROSITE: The IBM System Storage DS5000 series is designed to meet today’s and tomorrow’s demanding open-systems requirements while establishing a new standard for life cycle longevity. Check out the IBM DS500 series product overview sheet - complete with features & benefits, specifications, videos, and a live chat.
Posted: 11 May 2011 | Published: 11 May 2011

IBM

IBM System Storage N6000 Series
sponsored by IBM
MICROSITE: With IBM System Storage N6000 series systems, you can meet your NAS storage needs and provide high levels of application availability for your critical business operations to technical applications. You can also address NAS and SAN, primary and secondary storage requirements plus get outstanding value.
Posted: 11 May 2011 | Published: 11 May 2011

IBM

Case Study: Orlando Magic Score a Performance Slam Dunk with Dell Compellent SAN
sponsored by Dell Compellent
CASE STUDY: To support these data-intensive applications, the Orlando Magic needed a storage area network (SAN) with I/O performance fast enough to play and stream both standard and high-definition (HD) video. Read this case study to see their solution.
Posted: 11 May 2011 | Published: 09 May 2011

Dell Compellent

Case Study: Appleby Simplifies Global Disaster Recovery with Fluid Data Technology
sponsored by Dell Compellent
CASE STUDY: Because Appleby operates data centers in several geographic regions, replication for disaster recovery purposes is one of the company’s top concerns. The company’s decentralized storage infrastructure seemed to make multi-site replication prohibitively costly and complex. Check out this case study to learn about the solution Appleby found.
Posted: 09 May 2011 | Published: 09 May 2011

Dell Compellent

Neutraceutical Supplements Uptime with Dell Compellent SAN
sponsored by Dell Compellent
CASE STUDY: Nutraceutical’s previous storage area network (SAN) lacked the flexibility and high availability necessary to keep production running at the manufacturing facility without sacrificing the IT team’s nights and weekends. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 06 May 2011 | Published: 06 May 2011

Dell Compellent

Case Study: Fluid Data Technology earns Top Honor with the Alvarado ISD
sponsored by Dell Compellent
CASE STUDY: The Alvarado Independent School District is very proud of their high-tech infrastructure. However, archiving all of the students' valuable content demanded an enterprise storage solution. Read this Case Study to see how Alvarado solved their problem.
Posted: 06 May 2011 | Published: 06 May 2011

Dell Compellent

iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel: Three Reasons Not To Choose Either
sponsored by Coraid
WHITE PAPER: Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage systems are not delivering the price-performance and agility at the storage layer required to keep up with the new virtualized compute layer. This paper explores a third storage networking technology, Ethernet SAN, and why you don’t have to choose between iSCSI and Fibre Channel.
Posted: 05 May 2011 | Published: 29 Apr 2011

Coraid

Object Storage: A Dell Point of View
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Dell has developed a customer centric strategy and a set of solutions and services designed to help customers meet the new challenges created by the amount and type of data being generated today. This strategy is based on Dell's Point of View (POV) with respect to Object Storage.
Posted: 01 May 2011 | Published: 27 Apr 2011

Dell, Inc.

Article: Best practices for deploying iSCSI SANs in DSS database solutions
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
ANALYST NEWS: Scalability and availability are key factors of an effective DSS or DW solution. Adhering to the best practices outlined in this article for integrating Dell EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI SAN arrays into the design can help IT administrators create a scalable high-performance infrastructure.
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 | Published: 27 Apr 2011

Dell, Inc.

E-Guide: Unified Storage and its Role in Storage Environments
sponsored by EMC Computer Systems (UK) Ltd.
EGUIDE: Download this e-guide to learn how unified storage works, the advantages of using a multiprotocol storage array in your environment, possible challenges the technology presents and the future surrounding unified storage systems.
Posted: 07 Apr 2011 | Published: 07 Apr 2011

EMC Computer Systems (UK) Ltd.

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: 31 Mar 2011 | Published: 31 Mar 2011

EMC

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
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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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