Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)

16Oct 2012

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Storage Networking Solutions

Assessment, Planning and Design provides delegates with both the management and commercial skills required to perform detailed assessments and align to the development of a service catalogue.

In addition, delegates will need to understand the capabilities and limitations of existing protocols and infrastructures before designing complex storage network solutions.

Exercises engage participants in the same work they will encounter as Storage Architects and Specialists.


Course Objectives

  • Apply and enhance skills needed to resolve real-world storage and storage networking issues.
  • Provide information, job aids, best practices covering SAN assessment, design and optimisation.
  • Describe SAN assessment goals, objectives and methodology.
  • Discuss SAN design considerations and review best practices.
  • Review the capabilities, strengths and limitations of various SAN architectures, strategies, methodologies and technologies.
  • Analyse SAN case studies to determine solution sets that satisfy a variety of business and technical requirements.
  • Strengthen design capabilities by designing and implementing a SAN, including completing typical SAN port and throughput exercises.
  • Assess and monitor SAN I/O performance and recommend improvements.
  • Review the topics and technical level of knowledge tested in the SNIA Storage Architect examination
16Oct 2012

COURSE DESCRIPTION 

Storage Networking Standards

The Management and Administration course provides a comprehensive understanding of Fibre Channel SAN and SAN Management technologies from a vendor-neutral perspective. Participants will learn about protocols, standards, operation, and general implementation considerations, as well as SAN Management tools and integration with the overall Enterprise Resource Management scheme.

Technology assessments range from the capabilities and limitations of Fibre Channel SANs, to in-depth discussions of complementary technologies that enable the integration of SANs with LAN/MAN/WAN infrastructures to address business and IT goals.

 

Course Objectives

  • Identify the key applications enabled by storage networking
  • Discuss the capabilities, strengths and limitations of Fibre Channel SAN technology
  • Describe and differentiate between the Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop and Switched Fabric topologies
  • Describe the Fibre Channel layered protocol architecture and data structure
  • Describe Fibre Channel classes of service and flow control mechanisms
  • Describe the addressing mechanism used in Fibre Channel networks
  • Describe the Fibre Channel fabric login process
  • Apply and enhance skills needed to resolve real-world storage and storage networking issues.
  • Describe the Routing and Interoperability mechanisms used within SAS and SATA environments.
  • Discuss SAN design considerations and review best practices.
  • Review the capabilities, strengths, and limitations of various SAN architectures and methodologies.
  • Strengthen design capabilities by designing and implementing a SAN, including completing typical SAN port and throughput exercises.
  • Review the topics and technical level of knowledge tested in the SNIA Storage Networking Management and Administration exam
16Oct 2012

The CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA Certification is a vendor-neutral credential. While there is no prerequisite requirement, CompTIA recommends that the Storage+ certification is intended to follow one of the CompTIA foundational level exams A+, Network+, or Server+.

  

Course outline

 

1.0 Storage Components

1.1 Describe disk types, components, and features.

1.2 Compare removable media types, components, and features

1.3 Given a scenario, install and maintain connectors and cable types (keeping in mind their properties).

1.4 Describe the uses of physical networking hardware and features

1.5 Given a scenario, install and maintain modular storage array components.

1.6 Identify the following environmental concerns and their associated impacts.

1.7 Use appropriate safety techniques during installation and maintenance of storage equipment.

 

2.0 Connectivity

2.1 Identify common storage networking industry terms.

2.2 Explain the following storage networking industry terms.

2.3 Given a scenario, implement the following fibre channel technologies.

2.4 Given a scenario, implement the following Ethernet network technologies.

2.5 Identify the basics of converged storage network technologies.

2.6 Given a scenario, use the appropriate network tools.

2.7 Troubleshoot the following common networking problems. 

2.8 Troubleshoot the following common fibre channel problems.

2.9 Compare and contrast common storage infrastructures.

 

3.0 Storage Management

3.1 Explain the following RAID levels and associated properties.

3.2 Given a scenario, execute storage provisioning techniques.

3.3 Explain volume management concepts.

3.4 Describe general virtualization concepts

3.5 Given a scenario, implement monitoring, alerting, and reporting.

3.6 Explain management protocols, interfaces, and associated purpose.

3.7 Explain Information Lifecycle Management concepts.

3.8 Explain the various functions and differences of de-duplication and compression.

 

4.0 Data Protection

4.1 Explain redundancy concepts, associated purposes, and components.

4.2 Compare and contrast different replication methods and properties.

4.3 Explain the basics of data backup concepts for long term storage.

4.4 Explain the basic concepts and importance of data security. • Access management

 

5.0 Storage Performance

5.1 Explain how latency and throughput impact storage performance.

5.2 Identify tuning and workload balance concepts.

5.3 Describe storage device bandwidth properties and functions.

5.4 Describe network device bandwidth properties and functions.

5.5 Explain performance metrics, parameters, and purposes of storage/host tools.