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Storage Management Solutions: Storage System Turns Latino Research Center Into Publishing Powerhouse

Jan 02, 2001, 16:14 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elizabeth Ferrarini)

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"Two side-by-side Dell PowerEdge 2200s, one Windows NT, and one Linux plug directly into the FlashDisk. It provides fast, highly reliable RAID 5 storage to multiple servers with different operating systems. This feature eliminates the expense of buying storage for each server. Layne says that managing one storage system is easier than managing two or three of them."

"The Windows NT server, which connects to the Intranet within the building, functions as a central repository for all active publications and for the databases used to inventory and to track these publications. The FlashDisk allows each researcher to have his or her own storage space, apart from the desktop. Using either a Windows-based PC or a Mac PC, researchers can access both Windows NT and Mac files stored on the Flash-Disk. Cross-platform programs allow researchers to share both types of files on the FlashDisk. The FlashDisk also contains a large collection of artwork. Overall, the FlashDisk provides the researchers with fast access to a large bank of files: everything from text to graphics, regardless of the format over an Intranet. When a book is no longer going to be published, it gets archived to a CD-ROM or a DVD."

Meanwhile, the Linux server, which connects to the external network, contains all of the Institute's Web files, as well as the Web site itself. About 700 Web pages reside on the FlashDisk. The Web site gets about 3,000 hits each day (100,000 hits a month). Layne divided or partitioned the FlashDisk's total disk space into four segments or partitions: one partition is for Linux and four for the Windows NT server. Setting the space aside on the FlashDisk to store the Linux files, as well as the Linux operating system, turned out to be easier than Layne thought it would be. "We just followed the FlashDisk's instructions in the manual and made one telephone call to technical support and, then, we were up and running," he says."

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