Advanced SAN School

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Advanced SAN School

Storage area networking (SAN) has evolved to a highly specialized, fluid discipline in recent years. With data growing at alarming rates, SANs have been doing the heavy lifting to organize and store ever expanding information.

In order to make sense of the potential and usefulness of the SAN of today, has put together a series of podcasts to address the state of the SAN. While the first SAN School focused on the nuts and bolts of SAN components, this series looks at how SAN has advanced.

Leading the podcast series is Stephen Foskett, director of data practice for Contoural. Stephen, the highly rated Storage Decisions SAN School speaker and expert, has put together this series to give you a window into the challenges that go into architecting and managing current storage area networks.

The SAN of today is rapidly moving beyond the Fibre Channel staple of five years ago. With IP and network attached storage (NAS) fully integrated into the networking mix, it's critical that storage managers keep up to date with the latest that SANs have to offer. This podcast series hopes to accomplish this in three concise yet informative talks.

Lesson 1: Building a SAN
Lesson 2: SAN architecture and topology
Lesson 3: SAN management and security

  • Advanced SAN school final exam

    Think you are a SAN master? Take this quiz and find out if you make the grade or need to go back to SAN School.

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  • Lesson 2: SAN architecture and topology

    Building upon the foundation in Lesson 1 of SAN School, Stephen Foskett dives into the nuts and bolts of architecture and topology. As SANs grow and expand, understanding the right architecture can be critical in making sure SANs are available and properly utilized.

    In Lesson 2, Stephen discusses the evolution of SANs from standalone entities to islands and beyond. Using such techniques as dual connections or multipathing can make a substantial difference in the way data is moved and processed. These techniques can also make a big difference in your company's consolidation plans, which can save resources, time and money.

    This lesson also gets in-depth on the different switch topologies and practices Stephen has seen work well for large, medium and small companies.

    Go to All-in-One Guide: Lesson 2: SAN architecture and topology

  • Lesson 1: Building a SAN

    With such a vast array of products and technologies available, which should you choose for your storage environment? Advanced SAN School puts the various options for primary storage in context, showing how each can work together to build an appropriate storage environment.

    In Lesson 1, Stephen discusses the different types of storage arrays, switches and software that make up a storage network. Stephen covers the basics in Fibre Channel, IP and NAS to help any organization determine which interconnect and storage platform is the best fit.

    Also covered: The right SAN tools, the best fit for your budget, how to properly scale and matching platforms and technologies.

    Go to All-in-One Guide: Lesson 1: Building a SAN

  • Lesson 3: SAN management and security

    There's no use in building your storage network if you can't manage or secure it. Lesson 3 of Advanced SAN School is dedicated to helping you understand the nuances of SAN management and protection.

    In this podcast, instructor Stephen Foskett explains what the options are for management tools. He'll dissect array management, change management, virtualization and more to help you manage your environment. Tips in this podcast will help reduce costs on what is the most expensive portion of owning a SAN.

    The second half of this talk will center on security. Historically, storage managers have cared little about securing their fabrics. But, with the looming promise of IP SAN and added pressures from internal and external forces, security management must be taken into consideration.

    This last lesson will look at authentication, encryption and securing management interfaces.

    Go to All-in-One Guide: Lesson 3: SAN management and security