The Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD

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9780130927392: The Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD

Whether you're an IT professional, manager, or a home PC user, you've got more data than ever -- and choosing reliable, cost-effective data storage has never been more important. In this book, one of the world's leading experts in data storage explains all your options, and shows you how to make the most of them. Dr. Andrei Khurshudov introduces the features, advantages, and underlying technologies associated with every current data storage option, including hard drives, DVD, CD, removable media storage systems such as Jaz and Zip, tape backup, and RAID. He presents the pros and cons of every data storage interface, including IDE, SCSI, USB, FireWire, and Fibre Channel. Next, he explains the latest options for companies managing soaring amounts of data, including storage area networks (SAN), network attached storage (NAS), and alternative strategies such as Web-based storage. The book includes expert data storage buying tips, as well as detailed coverage of backup and recovery. For everyone concerned with data storage, from businesses planning for growth and disaster recovery, to individuals who want the best storage "bang for the buck."

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  • The complete decision-maker's guide to choosing—and using—the right data storage technologies
  • Personal and small business storage: hard drives, DVD, CD, Zip, Jaz, and more
  • Enterprise storage: SAN, NAS, Fibre Channel, RAID, and beyond
  • New Web-based storage alternatives
  • Start-to-finish backup and disaster recovery tips

Choosing reliable, cost-effective data storage solutions—and making the most of them!

Whether you're an IT professional, enterprise manager, small business owner, or home PC user, you've got more data than ever—and choosing reliable, cost-effective storage has never been more important. Now, a leading data storage expert explains all your options, and shows you exactly how to make the most of them. Dr. Andrei Khurshudov reviews the capabilities, advantages, and underlying technologies associated with every current storage alternative, offering expert tips for buying, interfacing, scalability, recovery, and much more.

  • Data storage interfaces: UDMA, USB, IEEE 1394 "FireWire," SCSI, FC-AL, and Serial Storage Architecture
  • In-depth coverage of magnetic media: hard disks, tapes, and removables
  • Up-to-date comparisons of removable storage: Superdisk, HiFD, Zip, Jaz, Orb, external hard disk drives, and more
  • Tape alternatives: DAT, Travan, Mammoth, AIT, DLT, LTO, and beyond
  • Optical storage: CD-RW, CD-R, and today's competing DVD formats
  • Other storage solutions: Magneto-optical, Flash memory, and solid-state disk drives
  • Enterprise storage strategies: storage area networks (SAN), network attached storage (NAS), RAID, and more
  • Storage for digital cameras, PDAs, MP3 players, Personal Video Recorders, and other next-generation devices
  • Storage on the Web: alternatives, limitations, and case studies
  • Preventing data loss-and what to do if the disaster has already happened

If you're planning for business growth and disaster recovery, or simply want the best storage "bang for the buck," The Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage delivers objective guidance—and realistic solutions.

About the Author:

DR. ANDREI KHURSHUDOV is a currently working at the Storage Technology Division of IBM Corporation in San Jose, California. His responsibilities include research and development of technologies for IBM's next generation hard disk drives. Before joining IBM, Khurshudov was a researcher at the Center for Magnetic Recording Research, UC San Diego, and at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and served for eight years with the Mechanical Engineering Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Science. He runs the popular data storage website usbyte.

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