Storage Fundamentals

Course Details
Code: CDNWS-1017
Tuition (USD): $355.00 $337.25 • Self Paced
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Course Details
GSA (USD): $304.03 • Self Paced

The Storage Fundamentals course provides students with a broad survey of the current state of network storage. By focusing on concepts, terms, and technologies and avoiding product-specific features, this course provides foundation knowledge that is applicable to the further study of storage products.

Students who can benefit from this course:
  • Entry-level Storage Administrators

Skills Gained

  • Define and differentiate between types of network storage configurations and the types of logical storage configurations
  • Apply a specific network storage configuration to an application by choosing the configuration that best meets the requirement
  • Define data services and their application to storage
  • Define storage management software and its application to storage
  • Describe storage backup systems, such as tape libraries
  • Discuss network storage in basic terms
  • Define and differentiate between various storage technologies, including small computer system interface (SCSI), Fibre, peripheral component interconnect (PCI), and SBus
  • Apply a specific technology to an application and provide rationale for that choice
  • Identify and differentiate various storage components
  • Describe storage systems, such as storage arrays, and define the specific technologies associated with arrays

Prerequisites

  • System Administration on the Solaris 10 OS, Part 2 (SA-202-S10)
  • Network Administration on the Solaris 10 OS (SA-300-S10)
  • Understand computer operating systems and computer components
  • Understand network concepts

Course Details

Storage Overview

  • State the significance of the storage industry today
  • State Sun's vision of storage
  • Identify the features of Sun's vision of storage

Data Transfer Technologies and Physical Connectors

  • Define the Sbus and PCI Bus
  • Define integrated development environment (IDE) devices
  • Define SCSI technology and circumstances under which it is an appropriate data transfer technology to utilize based on performance, availability, and cost
  • Correlate the SCSI standard to images of SCSI connectors
  • Define the Fibre Channel Bus and list its advantages and limitations
  • Define the types of Fibre Channel, including Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL), and list the advantages and limitations of each
  • Correlate the Fibre Channel standard to images of Fibre Channel connectors

Network Devices

  • Define Host Bus Adaptors (HBA) and versions (including PCI and SBus) and determine which of the versions is more appropriate in a given circumstance
  • Define gigabit interface converters (GBICs)
  • Identify advances in GBIC technology embodied in the small form factor GBIC compared to the standard
  • Define a Hub and its use with storage
  • Define the purpose of switches and identify the circumstances under which the use of a switch is more appropriate than a hub
  • Define the types of cabling and distinguish their advantages and limitations

Arrays

  • Identify the definition of an array storage system and a JBOD
  • Identify standard array components
  • Consider array selection criteria based on capacity, speed, availability, cost, multipathing, and scalability

RAID

  • Describe redundant array of independent disks (RAID) and define the features that make up a RAID configuration
  • Describe RAID levels and specific applications and performance characteristics
  • Define and differentiate between software and hardware implementation of RAID with respect to performance

Tape Library Storage Backup Systems

  • Identify two types of tape technologies, digital linear tape (DLT) and linear tape open (LTO), and state the purpose of each
  • Identify standard tape library components, including tape, tape drives, robotics, controllers, and I/O subsystems
  • Define the criteria associated with tape libraries and how they are implemented, including speed and capacity

Storage Configurations

  • Describe the use and structure of NAS, especially in relation to its advantages and limitations
  • Describe the use and structure of DAS, especially in relation to its advantages and limitations
  • Describe the use and structure of SAN, especially in relation to its advantages and limitations

Storage Virtualization

  • Define storage virtualization

Define Data Services

  • Describe network data replication and its advantages and limitations
  • Describe point-in-time copy and its advantages and limitations

Storage Management Software

  • Describe the issues related to resource management and the types of software solutions available
  • Describe the issues related to storage network management and types of the software solutions available
  • Describe the issues related to component management and the types of software solutions available