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Course Catalog » Data Center Storage Management Curriculum

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

Course Catalog » Data Center Storage Management Curriculum
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