23 June 2015

Storage Area Networks

> To understand Storage Area Networks characteristics and components.
> To become familiar with the SAN vendors and their products
> To learn Fibre Channel protocols and how SAN components use them to communicate with each other
> To become familiar with Cisco MDS 9000 Multilayer Directors and Fabric Switches Thoroughly learn Cisco SAN-OS features.
> To understand the use of all SAN-OS commands. Practice variations of SANOS features

Introduction to Storage Technology
Review data creation and the amount of data being created and understand the value of data to a business, challenges in data storage and data management, Solutions available for data storage, Core elements of a data center infrastructure, role of each element in supporting business activities

Storage Systems Architecture
Hardware and software components of the host environment, Key protocols and concepts used by each component ,Physical and logical components of a connectivity environment, Major physical components of a disk drive and their function, logical constructs of a physical disk, access characteristics, and performance Implications, Concept of RAID and its components , Different RAID levels and their suitability for different application environments: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 3, RAID 4, RAID 5, RAID 0+1, RAID 1+0, RAID 6, Compare and contrast integrated and modular storage systems ,High-level architecture and working of an intelligent storage system

Introduction to Networked Storage
Evolution of networked storage, Architecture, components, and topologies of FC-SAN, NAS, and IPSAN, Benefits of the different networked storage options, understand the need for long-term archiving solutions and describe how CAS fulfills the need, understand the appropriateness of the different networked storage options for different application environments

Information Availability & Monitoring & Managing Datacenter
List reasons for planned/unplanned outages and the impact of downtime, Impact of downtime, Differentiate between business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) ,RTO and RPO, Identify single points of failure in a storage infrastructure and list solutions to mitigate > failures , Architecture of backup/recovery and the different backup/recovery topologies , replication technologies and their role in ensuring information availability and business continuity, Remote replication technologies and their role in providing disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities Identify key areas to monitor in a data center, Industry standards for data center monitoring and management, Key metrics to monitor for different components in a storage infrastructure, Key management tasks in a data center

Securing Storage and Storage Virtualization
Information security, Critical security attributes for information systems, Storage security domains, List and analyzes the common threats in each domain, Virtualization technologies, block-level and filelevel virtualization technologies and processes
Case Studies: The technologies described in the course are reinforced with EMC examples of actual solutions. Realistic case studies enable the participant to design the most appropriate solution for given sets of criteria.

1. EMC Corporation, Information Storage and Management, Wiley.

1. Robert Spalding, “Storage Networks: The Complete Reference“, Tata McGraw Hill, Osborne, 2003.
2. Marc Farley, “Building Storage Networks”, Tata McGraw Hill ,Osborne, 2001.
3. Meeta Gupta, Storage Area Network Fundamentals, Pearson Education Limited, 2002.


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