SAN (Storage Area Network)


SAN (Storage Area Network)



Storage Area Network (SAN) is a network that provides access to consolidated, block level data storage. SAN's are primarily used to enhance storage devices, such as disk arrays, tape libraries, and optical jukeboxes, accessible to servers so that the devices appear to the operating system as locally attached devices. A SAN typically has its own network of storage devices that are generally not accessible through the local area network (LAN) by other devices.

Course content:

Module1: Basics

  • Concept of Data
  • How big is the Digital Universe?
  • Types of Data
  • Evolution of storage concept
  • What is Storage Networking about?
  • Data Center Infrastructure

Module2:Disk technology & Disk management

  • Disk Technology
    • ATA Technology
    • Serial ATA Technology
    • SCSI Technology
    • Serial Attached SCSI
  • iSCSIArchitecture
    • The iSCSI Standards
    • iSCSI Applications
    • Protocol structure
  • Disk Management
    • RAID and Subsystem Architecture
    • Subsystem Architecture
    • RAID Concept
    • RAID Level 0,1,3,5,10,01,50
    • RAID level comparison matrix

*Module3: DAS/NAS/SAN Explanation& Storage Hardware

  • DAS/NAS/SAN Explanation
    • Direct Attached Storage (DAS)
    • Network Attached Storage (NAS)
    • Storage Area Network (SAN)
    • Comparing Solutions
  • Storage Hardware
    • Storage Hardware
    • Controller Components
    • Enclosure Components
    • Communication Links
    • Switches & Patch Panel


  • Zoning& types
  • LUN Masking and Mapping
  • Thin Disk
  • Reserved Disk


  • Fibre Channel, FCIP, and iSCSI SAN
  • Introduction, Advantages
  • FC protocol Architecture
  • FC SAN topologies
  • Fabric Service

Module6: Accessing Storage from Multiple File Systems

  • Host, Connectivity, and Storage
  • Storage Media and Devices
  • Boot From SAN
  • Considerations and Usage
  • Setup and Configuration

Module7:Storage Architecture & Management 

  • Storage Architecture
    • Functional Overview
    • Deployment Architectures
    • User Interfaces
    • Disk drive sparing
    • Managing users
    • Upgrades
  • Storage Resource Management
    • Information Life Cycle management

*Module8:Business Continuity Management (BCP/DR)

  • Remote instant replay
  • Asynchronous Vs synchronous
  • Replication configuration
  • Disaster recovery deployment

Module9:Storage Monitoring & Reporting

  • Monitoring tools
  • Report options and automation
  • Threshold alerts
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