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Storage Fundamentals for Data Centers


5 hours


This course introduces the learner to data center storage, how it has evolved and the direction it is taking. The initial module also discusses the role of the Storage Administrator and where this person can obtain certification, training and general information. The remainder of the course focuses on disk and tape systems describing how they have evolved, how they are used to store data, and various configurations.


This course is suitable for any staff that require an understanding of data center storage requirements and in particular disk and tape systems.


General knowledge of data processing concepts.


After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the Characteristics of Data Center Storage Devices
  • Locate Storage Learning Resources
  • Compare Enterprise Disk Devices
  • Describe how Tape is Used in Today's Data Center Environment
  • Identify Elements of a Tape Storage Environment

Course Content

Overview of Data Center Storage

Understanding Today's Data Needs
Storage Characteristics
Evolution of Storage
Storage in the Future
Storage Administrator Jobs, Certification and Training

Understanding Disk Systems

Disk Evolution
Traditional Spinning Drives
Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Drives
Fibre Channel Disk Drives
Solid State Drives
Understanding RAID

Introduction to Tape Storage

How Tape Strategies have Evolved
Types of Enterprise Tapes
Tape Storage Capabilities
Tape Usage Scenarios
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Tape

The Tape Storage Environment

Tape Drives and Libraries
Tape Automation
Tape Management
How Tape Virtualization Works
The Tape Virtualization Process

Storage Fundamentals for Data Centers Mastery Test

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