Timothy Henning

Hardware and Advanced Solution Manager

Hi everyone! My name’s Timothy, and I’m the Hardware and Advanced Solution Manager here at SHI. I work to develop and grow SHI’s Hardware and Advanced Solutions business by cultivating new and existing vendor relations, supporting SHI’s sales force, and managing our team of product specialists.

I joined SHI three years ago, and in addition to my current position, I’ve been a Storage Solutions Specialist and a Storage Solutions Architect. Prior to joining SHI, I worked at VORTECHX Applied Technologies, Arrow Electronics, and the Lautek Corporation. During my career, I’ve earned the following certifications: VMware VCP, HP Storage Master ASE, QLogic SE, Emulex SE, EMC SE, NetApp SE, APC DataCenter, and DataCore DCIE.

I spend my free time with a different kind of hardware — motorcycles and cars. Outside of the office, you can find me at AMA Races or participating in one of the several Pontiac GTO forums and clubs I belong to. I ride a Kawasaki Ninja, drive a late model GTO, and do all of my own mechanical work.

SAN, NAS, or both: Which is best for your users?

When customers outgrow their current storage environment, or are trying to add new storage to their networks, I’m often asked what type of storage they should buy. The answer is easy. Customers should go with the top storage solutions that have always been available: network attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN). What’s harder is determining which solution is ideal for different scenarios. Today, I’ll be outlining the differences between the two, and going over when customers should combine them.

NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGE: File-level storage used for collaboration

NAS, the first type of storage solution available, is file-level storage, and it’s mainly used for collaboration. So if a customer needs a solution that will accommodate many users all collaborating on a single project simultaneously, NAS is the way to go. It eliminates the confusion of keeping and storing multiple copies of a document as it goes through revisions in local storage, and cluttering up the storage space. NAS also provides data protection, so if you lose your laptop or your hard drive crashes, the files you’re working on are not lost. (more…)

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