IN THIS CHAPTER
Knowing how much is enough
Figuring out what kind of disks you should use
Deciding on a drive interface
Thinking about RAID
Focusing on attachment types
There’s never enough storage, right? What may seem huge today will be laughably small in just a few years. Disk storage is like closet space: No matter how big the space, people find a way to fill it up.
In this chapter, I look at the most important things you need to consider when planning the storage side of your network. I cover various technologies for providing that disk storage, including various types of disk drives, different drive interfaces, and several ways to connect storage to your servers.
Planning Disk Capacity
The first basic decision you need to make when planning your network storage is the most obvious: How much storage do you need?
Unfortunately, that’s not an easy decision to make. You can easily add up how much disk storage you currently have, and you can calculate ...