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iSCSI Training and Certification

3 Day iSCSI Storage Area Networks

Description:  This highly intense, vendor neutral, class provides the next level of iSCSI Storage Area Networks design & performance. It compares existing storage technologies with design and performance consideration of Storage Area Networks built upon IP transport protocol. This class is an in depth analysis of the design and performance consideration of building Storage Area Network upon Gigabit Ethernet transport protocol. Using a real work project and case study, you will evaluate an existing storage infrastructure, create logical designs based upon Gigabit Ethernet, create a physical design and then optimize the SAN for performance.

Audience:  This class is directed at Systems Engineers, Support Engineers, IT Managers and Network Engineers who are responsible for the design, maintenance and troubleshooting of an iSCSI Storage Area Network.

Duration:  3 Days           Format:  Lecture (100%)

DATES:

Sept  20-22  New York City
Oct 11-13 Frankfort
Oct 18-20 San Francisco
Nov 8-10 Tokyo
Nov  29 -1 Orlando

Prerequisites:  None

Course Content: 

  • Introduction to Storage Concepts
    • Storage Evolution
    • Small Computer System Interface SCSI
      • SCSI-3 Standards Documents
    • SAN Concepts
    • NAS Concepts
      • File Systems
    • SAN verses NAS
  • TCP/IP and iSCSI overview
    • Concepts
      • ISCSI
      • FCIP
      • IFCP
      • Infiniband
      • Gigabit Ethernet
        • Terminology
        • 10 Gigabit Ethernet Standards
        • Optical Media
        • Gigabit over Copper
        • Loss Budgets
        • Gigabit Ethernet MAN
        • Gigabit Ethernet over SONET
    • Internet Protocol Logical Constructs
      • iSCSI
      • Framing
      • PDU Formats
    • Naming and Addressing
      • World Wide names
      • IEEE 48 bit MAC Addressing
    • Query & Registration Services
      • iSCSI Session Login
      • Microsoft iSNS
    • Memory Management
      •  iSCSI Session Management
    • Error Handling
      • ISCSI Format Errors
    • Protocol Offload Engines
    • Standards
    • IP 2Gb Host Bus Adapter Installation & Integration
      • Adaptec ASA 7211F
      • Qlogic 4010
  • Characterize the existing infrastructure
    • Existing Infrastructure Baseline
      • Data Capture Tools
        • Operating System
        • Applications
      • CAT-5, CAT-6 Copper
      • Optical Media
      • With optical power meters
      • With Optical Time Domain Reflectometer
  • Create a logical design
    • Topological Design Considerations
      • Naming and Addressing
      • Point to Point
      • IP Switching
        • Multi Stage
        • Mesh
    • ISCSI verses Fibre Channel Transport Protocol Design Considerations
    • Campus approaches
    • Enterprise approaches
    • Wide Area Network attachment
      • Bandwidth Utilization
      • Via SONET
        • OC-1 Frame
        • Synchronous Payload Envelope
      • Via IP
      • Via WDM
    • Hierarchical Design
      • Access Layer
      • Distribution Layer
      • Core Layer
    • Students will be given a factious company that owns multiple platforms with existing direct attached storage
    • Students will design a Storage Area Network using IP transport protocol. (Paper Lab)
  • SAN Performance and Optimization
    • Command Queuing
    • ISCSI vs. Fibre Channel Frames
    • SCSI Timers
    • Adjusting Flow Control
      • Fibre Channel Flow Control
      • IP Flow Control
    • Interrupts
    • Performance Metrics
      • Command Time
      • Effective Data Rate
      • Input/Outputs Per Second
    • Switch Latency
      • Fibre Channel Switches
      • Gigabit Ethernet Switches
      • Full Mesh Throughput
      • Full Mesh Latency
    • Optimize Device Cache
    • Device Driver Tuning
    • Benchmarking Tools
  •  iSCSI transport Design & Performance Considerations
    • Full vs. Half Duplex
    • Command Queuing
    • Frames
      • Fibre Channel Frames over an IP Network
    • iSCSI Initiator Options
      • iSCSI Microsoft Initiators
      • Ethernet NIC verses HBA Cards
    • TCP/IP Protocol Offload Engines
    • Infiniband
  • SAN Security (Lecture/Lab)
    • Security Standards
    • IP Security
      • Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)
      • Internet Key Exchange (IKE)
    • IP verses Fibre Channel Security Concerns
      • Spoofing
      • Sniffing
      • Denial of Service
      • Physical Assault
      • Security Tools
      • FCIP Security
      • IFCP Security
      • ISCSI Security
    • Policies
      • Physical
      • Logical
      • Authentication
      • Data at Rest
      • Data in Flight
    • Access Control
      • Content Based
      • Behavior Based
    • Antivirus
    • Implementing Zoning
    • Soft Zoning Security Risks
    • Zoning Security Tools
    • Logical Unit Masking
    • Surrogate Security
    • Topology Security
    • Multi Element Topological Zoning
    • Frame payload encryption
    • Configuration change control
  • iSCSI SAN Disaster Recovery over the WAN (Lecture/Lab)
    • Transmission latency
      • Latency Impact on Disk Performance
        • Synchronous
        • Asynchronous
      • Latency Impact on Tape Performance
    • Command Queuing
    • Data Integrity
    • Bandwidth Utilization
      • Gigabit Ethernet flow control
      • Fibre Channel flow control
      • End to end credits
    • FCIP
    • iFCP
    • ISCSI
    • ATM/SONET
      • Synchronous Payload Envelope
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • WDM Wave Division Multiplexing
      • Virtual Fiber