Course Information

Course Overview:

Information is the currency of business, research, and other knowledge-based industries. Storing, accessing, and protecting information is critical for organizations and Information Technology professionals are tasked with delivering strategies and solutions. This course will cover the problems and solutions for information storage, explaining the technology employed and the different systems available. The primary initiatives of optimizing IT and changing to a services delivery model are the top-level sections along with solutions for information storage and management. From this course, solutions using storage technologies implemented in products with their architectures, features, benefits and issues will be explored with a goal of understanding a strategy to deal with information demands.


  • Information Technology Professionals – exposure to latest technologies and solutions
  • Organization-wide teams – responsible for planning, managing, and utilizing information infrastructures
  • Business Executives – responsible for business operations, strategy and direction
  • Individuals – seeking to learn more about information storage

Course Fees:

  • Cost for three day course is $1397.00 for early registration (Regularly $1597)
  • Returning Students cost is $997.00
  • Class Seats are also included in most subscription plans


Section 1: Information Storage – Demands and Evolution

The industry demands for storing information are explored along with the challenges those demands create. There are demands to transform IT into more of a services delivery model. Meanwhile, the traditional IT environment must continue to maintain operations while optimizing the investments in technology meet ongoing needs. The competing initiatives of optimization of IT and transforming to a services deliverymodel will be laid out for understanding.


Section 2: Transforming to a Service Delivery Model Private/Hybrid Clouds and IT as a Service

In addition to meeting demands in current data center environments, additional deployments of private and hybrid clouds to achieve IT as a Service (ITaas) characteristics are underway to deliver services in an on-demand manner. The motivations, rational, and methods for private/hybrid clouds are important to understand when creating and implementing a strategy for information storage.

Section 3: Solutions for Private/Hybrid Clouds

For enterprises planning to deploy private and hybrid clouds, there are many different products available and different approached to deliver services with use of both public and private clouds. The different options and their characteristics can be confusing with an overwhelming amount of information available. There are also solutions that are more complete where they delivered as pre-packaged (in-a-box) products with installation and support. The offerings and the value are discussed in this section.

Section 4: Data Center Infrastructure Integrating Solutions

Different storage technology elements are being integrated to provide solutions for storing and protecting information. Driven by improving the time to deployment, these integrations provide alternatives to the more traditional storage systems available and can be building blocks for cloud environments. This section will examine the different types of integrations including definitions of characteristics and the vendor product offerings. Virtual SANs and clustered storage are included in these discussions.

  • Hyper-Converged Systems
  • Open Storage Platform


Section 5: Information Storage Technologies

Developing a strategy for employing solutions for Information Storage requires an understanding of underlying storage technologies. This section will delve into the technologies to create a common level of understanding for employing solutions. Included in this technology explanation are:

  • Data access methodology
  • Storage systems architectures
  • Storage networking technologies
  • Data reduction technologies – deduplication and compression
  • Data availability technologies – data protection, business continuance, replication, and error correction

Section 6: Solid State Storage – Technology

The use of solid-state technology for storage, predominantly Flash, is an inflection point in the industry. Dramatic changes in the economics of systems in acceleration to achieve more value from the overall environment has changed the evaluation in storage selection. This section will explain the technology and the new developments underway that will continue to change the storage landscape. Methods of deployment and evolving data center usage are useful in creating new strategies.

Section 7: Performance – Impact and Measurement

Understanding the factors that impact performance is important in evaluating solutions and making effective decisions for storing and managing information. How to measure performance and interpreting the results is another major input for decisions. These examinations for storage performance and measurement and the factors that have influence are critical in making informed decisions.

Section 8: Block Storage – Implementation and Systems

Accessing stored information from block devices, whether SAN or direct attached is the most basic method employed by storage systems. The different block storage systems offered for enterprises are described with architectures and capabilities along with Evaluator Group’s opinion of strengths and weaknesses. Covered in this section with product explanation and Evaluator Group opinions:

  • All flash storage systems
  • Hybrid and spinning disk systems
  • Integrated / converged systems

Section 9: Storage Virtualization

Abstracting resources from multiple storage systems increases flexibility of data placement and movement, reduces the workload on administration by providing a central point of management for provisioning and control of advanced features, and applies advanced capabilities across a potentially diverse set of storage systems. This section will review the different types for storage virtualization and the product offerings. The characteristics of the systems including strengths and weaknesses are included in the product reviews.

Section 10: Network Attached Systems – File Access

File access to information on shared storage is primarily through Network Attached Storage systems. The approaches for NAS and the different product offerings from vendors are explained along with Evaluator Group analysis of the products.

Section 11: Object Storage Systems

Scaling to large capacities for use as content repositories or online archives is the primary target for object storage systems. Object storage with Ethernet interfaces and support for S3, Swift, and custom protocols are used for both on-premises systems and as systems in cloud environments. The differing implementations for object storage systems are covered in this section along with the major systems available.