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Storage Area Networking Fundamentals

Course Description


IBM offers a comprehensive portfolio of SAN switches, storage, software, services and solutions to reliably bring information to people in a cost effective way. IBM provides flexible, scalable and open standards-based business-class and global enterprise-class storage networking solutions for the on demand world. This course provides an overview of storage network and data center networking technology. It reviews SAN concepts, Fibre Channel architecture, SAN topologies, IBM b-type offerings, IBM offerings from Cisco, and SAN over Ethernet architectures, such as iSCSI and FCoE. This course incorporates lecture material and simulated labs to provide you with an overview of storage network and data center networking technology.


This is an instructor-led base course with simulated labs for individuals involved in the planning, installing, configuring, and upgrading of IBM systems.  


The following course, or equivalent knowledge, is required prior to this course: • Introduction to Storage (SS01G)  

Key topics

Day 1
  • Unit 1 - SAN Concepts
  • Unit 2 - Fibre Channel
  • Unit 3 - SAN design and topology (1 of 2)
Day 2
  • Unit 3 - SAN design and topology (2 of 2) (continued)
  • Unit 4 - IBM Fibre Channel b-type switches and directors
Day 3
  • Exercise 0 - Lab setup and preliminary instructions
  • Exercise 1 - Switch management overview
  • Exercise 2 - Management software installation
  • Exercise 3 - Zoning configuration
  • Exercise 4 - Configuring the IBM Storwize V3700 storage system
  • Exercise 5 - V3700 storage provisioning using iSCSI
  • Exercise 6 - Brocade VDX fabric merging
  • Unit 5 - Cisco MDS Fibre Channel switches and directors
Day 4
  • Unit 6 - SAN over Ethernet
  • Exercise 7 - Basic configuration
  • Exercise 8 - Management tools installation
  • Exercise 9 - VSAN creation
  • Exercise 10 - Zoning configuration on Cisco
  • Exercise 11 - Configuring the DS3500 storage subsystem


After completing this course, you should be able to:
  • Classify the components of a SAN infrastructure
  • Appraise the Fibre Channel architecture and terms
  • Classify the three major components of a SAN
  • Differentiate the features of the IBM Storage System b-type switch offerings
  • Differentiate the features of the IBM offered Cisco SAN switches and directors
  • Evaluate the implementations of iSCSI and FCoE

Course Duration

4 days
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