Which hard drive deserves your data? | SSD versus SATA

Are you in the market for a new hard drive? Do you know what kind of hard drive you want? Are you looking for a 3.5 or 2.5 inch drive? How many RPMs are you looking to get out of your new drive? There are so many different types of hard drives it’s hard to […]

Yes, you can protect data with Windows 8 Storage Spaces

My wife is an avid photographer. Although she has never taken it up full-time, she is semi-professional and has shot many weddings and parties. Since I’m an IT guy, I’ve been tasked with keeping her photos safe. She would kill me if our important files were not protected in the event of a hard drive […]

A cautionary tale of VM sprawl in data centers

VM sprawl is a very real thing that happens in data centers all over the world. We build and provision VMs so quickly these days it can get away from us before we know it. Soon our vCenter Server is full of VMs that we don’t know who they belong to, what purpose they serve, […]

Getting Familiar with iSCSI Part 1: How to Install the iSCSI Target

Learning about Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) opens up a whole new set of storage options for IT professionals. If you haven’t implemented a SAN or used iSCSI and have access to a physical or virtual Windows 2008 R2 server, or can download and install a trial copy, you have the items needed to […]

Synology NAS Storage Review

There are so many storage options for small and medium-sized enterprises today. You could buy a couple of 2TB disks cheap and mirror them, you could buy a small external storage unit that connects to the server via USB, you could buy a nice (but low-end) hardware NAS/SAN, and more. In my case, I don’t […]

Building ZFS Based Network Attached Storage Using FreeNAS 8

Back in 2004 Sun Microsystems announced a new filesystem which would combine a traditional filesystem with the benefits of a logical volume manager, RAID and snapshots. The result was ZFS (Zettabyte File System). Sun decided to release ZFS as open source and as a result it has found its way into FreeBSD, the operating system […]

Build a Simple NAS Setup with FreeNAS 8

FreeNAS, the open source Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution, has seen lots of changes in the last couple years since iXsystems invested heavily into the project. FreeNAS 8, which was released in early 2011, is a very different beast to its predecessor. FreeNAS 0.7 had minimal system requirements (in terms of memory and CPU power), […]

Windows Live Mesh 2011: User Guide

Windows Live Mesh 2011 Update A couple of years ago I wrote an article on a beta software program that Microsoft was working on called Windows Live Mesh. Now the beta has ended and Microsoft has released the official version called Windows Live Mesh 2011. Mesh allows you to synchronize files between multiple devices and […]

CompTIA A+ Exam Prep: Understanding Storage

Storage devices and backup media are essentially devices in which you can store and retrieve data. There are many different types of data storage devices, and in this article we will focus on the ones you’ll need to know for the 2009 CompTIA A+ Exam. While the 2009 and 2006 exams are very similar, a […]

Dropbox Online Storage Made Easy — For Free

Dropbox is an online storage service. In this crowded field, a service like Dropbox needs something to stand out. Dropbox’s hook is simple — simplicity. Store 2 GB online free in your box When it comes to online storage, there are dozens of players. Microsoft recently came on board with its SkyDrive offering as part […]