Planning for Storage

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

For many organizations today, data is their most important asset. Losing data can mean losing thousands or even millions of dollars in revenue. Organizations can help protect valuable data by ensuring adequate, available, and secure storage. To manage and secure data, you can use a number of technologies with the Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 operating system, including direct-attached storage, storage area networks (SANs), network-attached storage, Windows server clusters, Volume Shadow Copy service, Distributed File System (DFS), and Automated System Recovery (ASR).

In This Chapter

Overview of Storage Planning

Determining Organizational and Application Requirements

Reviewing Storage Architectures

Planning for Storage Scalability

Planning for SAN Deployment

Planning to Protect User Data

Planning for Fault Tolerance

Planning for Disaster Recovery

Additional Resources for Planning for Storage