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Data storage basics final exam

Are you solid on the basics of storage? Take our test and evaluate your knowledge of the basics of storage.

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This quiz isn't for the weak, so you might want to do a bit of studying first by checking out our new Storage basics All-in-One Guide. All of the answers can be found in its content. (Note: Type all answers using uppercase.)

  1.  In a SAN, what do you call the 64-bit identifier of each device in the fabric?
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  2. Each of these should be a unique object bearing a time stamp, descriptor and a retention parameter.
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  3. This allows you to take advantage of disk-based backups without actually having to change the way you backup. (Hint: 2 words)
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  4.  This is the ability to encapsulate time consuming or repetitive tasks into a best practices policy that can be initiated on command or triggered via an event with little or no human intervention. (Hint: 2 words)
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  5.  If you backup up desktops or workstations, this type of backup is an excellent way to make sure your data is properly protected.
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  6.  What technology allows a remote office to interact with a corporate data center as if it were local?
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  7.  This technology can be applied to storage systems as well as application, database, file systems and servers.
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    These types of products are central to the storage administration in the modern enterprise.
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  9.  Since compliance archiving products require you to apply a compliance policy against your data, you must ensure that the manufacturer has one of these for refreshing the technology without compromising the integrity of the compliance policy you have in place.
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  10.  This has been the primary focus of storage compliance and represents how long a set of data must be preserved by an organization.
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Score card

  • 10 correct: You're a storage basics brilliant
  • 7-9 correct: You're a storage basic buff
  • 4-6 correct: You've got the basics, but no bravado
  • 0-3 correct: You're still a storage basic babe


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This was first published in January 2007

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