Home Directory Storage Consolidation With the StorageTek 5000 Family of NAS Appliances
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Overview: IT environments require home directories so that users can store their data for fast and easy access. During the first wave of distributed computing, it was standard practice to assign home directories to each individual desktop and/or server on their associated directaccess storage (DAS) devices. The distributed nature of such a storage implementation created almost insurmountable problems when it came to protecting and preserving data availability during backup, restore, and disaster recovery. This paper provides a framework for implementing and consolidating home directories on a 5000 NAS appliance - a simple, fast, reliable, and affordable implementation of NAS.