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Centrally Manage Disparate Storage Resources

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Today on Tom's IT Pro: Federated Storage: The Next Step in Efficiency, Register to Win Cisco Learning Labs, Practice Exams, and Networking Basics: LAN 101.

Federated storage is a converged technology that can help IT pros get a better handle on data center resources. Senior contributor William Van Winkle outlines the concepts behind it in his latest article for Tom's IT Pro.

A high-end converged storage implementation, federated storage focuses on the management layer. So, as a result, federated Storage enables enterprise admins to centrally manage disparate storage resources, even across multiple data centers and locations.

“For example, shift your environment from serving blocks today to files tomorrow to Windows Server the day after that,” said Craig Nunes, vice president of marketing for HP Storage, to William. “Server and storage assets can ebb and flow based on demand. That’s the vision for converged storage. Federation is a feature of converged storage. Federation allows you to take a broader storage resource, such as many arrays in your data center, and begin to treat them as a single resource pool.”

Get the full story at Federated Storage: The Next Step in Efficiency.

Also on Tom's IT Pro today, IT certifications and training expert Ed Tittel guides readers to a raffle where the winners receive learning labs and practice tests for the ICND1 and ICND2 exams through Cisco's Learning Center. The contest is a perfect opportunity for IT pros working on earning Cisco's CCENT or CCNA credentials. See Register to Win Cisco Learning Labs, Practice Exams for details.

Today, you can also learn more about the glue that holds our networks together, in the LAN primer, Networking Basics: LAN 101. This is a chapter excerpt from Scott Mueller's Upgrading And Repairing PCs (20th Edition), published by Que Publishing. The article covers network types, wired, Wi-Fi, protocols, and alternate networking solutions to deliver a complete picture of traditional and modern local area networks.

James Alan Miller is Managing Editor of Tom's IT Pro. He is a veteran technology journalist with over seventeen years of experience creating and developing magazine and online content. Founding editor of numerous business and enterprise computing sites at the network, James headed up the After Hours section at PC Magazine, as well as hardware and software sections of various Windows publications.