Network Attached Storage Capacity Planning Tool
Original Publication Date: 2002-May-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Network Attached Storage Configuration Tool Algorithm Disclosed is an algorithm that can be used to determine a reasonable configuration that provides optimal performance for Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions. The tool is based upon selecting a NAS configuration based upon measured results obtained from industry standard benchmarks such as Ziff-Davis NetBench . Therefore, this algorithm is based upon an assumption that the NAS workload will be typical Windows office application file server usage. The algorithm currently does not consider server-attached storage. Server attached storage configuration is significantly more complex and beyond the scope of this disclosure. The first step of this procedure is to interview the customer to determine the type of network connection and number of users the customer would like to support with the NAS solution. The second step is to use the NAS benchmark results that have been determine by laboratory measurements to extrapolate a suitable NAS configuration for the desired number of users. The extrapolation is based upon several important characteristics of NAS operation. These are: 1). A NAS cannot supply more data throughput than that provided by the total LAN connection to the NAS.