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Friday, November 11, 2011

Configuring your storage area network

For me, the 2-disk iscsi storage is just about the perfect tool for home storage. It's affordable, small, doesn't use much power, makes hardly any noise, has redundant storage, and (depending on the model you get) packs lot of features. They make so much sense for the home because their networking capabilities allow for use with multiple computers, plus they can stream video, music, and pictures to a wide range of connected devices.

A properly setup network storage device provides a central place to securely store and share all of your data. To easily understand, storage area network can be thought of as a hard drive or multiple hard drives for your entire network rather than for just one computer. With Network Attached Storage, multiple PCs and Macs (even those connected via the Internet) can instantly access the same shared files. For added functionality, printers can be attached to a these types of devices to share the printer between all computers on the network and multimedia content stored it can be streamed to TVs throughout the network. Simple to use and install, Buffalo's network storage solutions offer best-in-class shared network storage.

Performance isn't the highest priority for a two-disk consumer system but it is something to keep in mind. Speeds are going to vary based on the file sizes you are moving and the network you are using, but I was able to get transfer speeds averaging 10-10.5 MBps on transfers to the NAS from my computer and 8.5-9 MBps from the device to computers on the network when using RAID1. These are real-life transfers so mileage may vary, but on the whole they are a good approximation of what the deviceshould be able to handle.

1 Comment:

storage area network said...

As a Dell employee I think your post about configuring storage area network is really impressive. I think a storage area network (SAN) is a high-speed special-purpose network (or subnetwork) that interconnects different kinds of data storage devices with associated data servers on behalf of a larger network of users.