SNIA Storage foundation (110)

SNIA Storage foundation                                  

Course Length: 5 Days

Course Description (Overview):

A group of students were asked recently to define a "SAN." Some replies included "storage area networks," "server area networks," "system area networks" and the instructor's favorite, "The latest thing to sell!" SAN is all of these and more. This course takes a top-down approach in examining the information flow requirements levied on a Storage Network and how various technologies meet those requirements. It identifies why organizations are moving toward NAS and SAN. It provides a comprehensive technical examination of fibre channel, SCSI and IP Storage protocols, along with the role they play in a Storage Network.

The course examines the practical problems faced in the heterogeneous world where the "any to any" connectivity provided by SANs can present more problems than it solves. It identifies the techniques used to overcome these problems through the use of volume management, storage resource security and persistent binding. The course identifies the components and products that make up a NAS or SAN, examines the design and performance aspects of a SAN, and finally explores where Storage Networks are headed over the next few years

This course focuses on the latest storage network applications and technologies including:

Course Outline

Course Introduction



– Basic Concepts

Networks vs. Storage


- Network Links

- Storage

- Servers

- Network Devices

DAS, NAS, SAN, FAN & Hybrids

External vs. Internal SANs

Blocks, Files & Objects Overview


– Storage Concepts

Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

Solid State Drive (SSD)



Storage Arrays

- LUN Presentation

- LUN Aggregation

- Dynamic LUN Expansion

- Thick & Thin Provisioning

- Persistent Binding

RAID levels

Combined RAID Levels


- Storage Technologies

SCSI Storage Overview





– Fibre Channel Technologies

FC Overview

FC Topologies

FC Names & Addresses

FC Names & Addresses NPIV

FC Architecture

FC Architecture Overview

- FC-0

- FC-1

- FC-2

- FC-Services

- FC-3

- FC-4 SCSI & IP

– Fibre Channel Components

HBAs and CNAs

FC Hubs & Loop Switches

FC Bridges, Routers & Gateways

FC Fabric Switches

- Switches

- Switch Fabric Design

- Switch Fabric Pathing

- Switch Fabric Zoning & LUN Masking

- Switch Fabric Router

- Switch Virtual Fabrics

FC Animations

– IP Storage & iSCSI Technologies

Storage Networking & IP

IP over FC (IPFC)

Internet Fibre Channel Protocol (iFCP)

Metropolitan Fibre Channel Protocol (mFCP)

Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)

Internet SCSI Protocol (iSCSI)

Data Center Networks – Converged Enhanced Ethernet and Data Center Bridging (CEE & DCB)

Data Center Networks – Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

– Networking Concepts

Introduction to Networking

What is a layered stack?

Data Structures

Physical Transport Networks

Simplex and Duplex

Network Models

Circuit & Packet Switch

Bus, Loop & Expanse

Connection-Oriented vs. Connectionless

Bit Rate, Bandwidth, Latency and Throughput

Ports and PHYs

Names & Addresses

Flow Control

Segmentation & Offload

– System Interface Technologies



– Storage Network Performance

Performance Prelude

Flow Control

FC Arbitrated Loop

FC Fabric



– Troubleshooting

Storage Networking Troubleshooting

Storage Networking Environmental

Storage Networking Troubleshooting Tools


– Data Protection

Backup & Recovery Overview

Technologies Overview

Methods & Levels

Snapshots & Replication


Virtual Tape Library (VTL)

Continuous Data Protection (CDP)

Data DeDuplication

– Information Lifecycle Management (ILM)

– Tiered Storage

– Storage Virtualization

– Storage Management

– Continuity Management & High Availability

– Storage Networking Security

– Storage Networking Applications

– Green Storage

– Green Data

– Cloud Storage

– Storage Network File Systems

Additional Information

– Storage Networking Resources


Web Links


Practice Test