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Note: The exam associated with this course was retired January 15, 2016. However, this course still retains value as a training resource....
Note: The exam associated with this course was retired January 15, 2016. However, this course still retains value as a training resource.

Are you ready to master the exciting and complex world of modern storage technologies? This course will cover all objectives for the Storage+ SG0-001 exam from CompTIA, and will move beyond those objectives to cover the very latest in critical storage technologies. For the modern IT professional, this course is not to be missed.

There are many ways to divide the IT landscape. One popular method breaks IT into three main areas: The first area is the compute resources themselves, client operating systems and server operating systems. Then there is the “plumbing” that connects these compute resources — the network portion of IT. Juniper and Cisco are the leaders here. The third and final area is storage.

More and more, storage is becoming critically important, especially as end users expect seamless and scalable cloud-based storage options for everything from bank statements to family photos.

This exciting CBT Nuggets course allows you to master the DAS, NAS, and SAN infrastructures, and thoroughly explain the differences in these technologies. This course also permits you to design and support a Fibre Channel-based SAN. Finally, the course also details the latest in LAN and SAN convergence technologies, as well as the latest technologies of storage networks in general.

Recommended Experience
  • Familiarity with computer systems and computer networking
Recommended Equipment
  • None
Related Certifications
  • CompTIA Storage+
Related Job Functions
  • Network admin
  • Network operations analyst
  • Network technician
  • Storage admin
  • SAN admin
  • Storage technician
  • Storage designer
Anthony Sequeira has been a CBT Nuggets trainer since 2012 and brings more than two decades of IT experience to his training. Anthony holds a variety of certifications, including CCIE R&S, CCNP Security, CCNA Wireless, CCNA Voice, DCUCD-I, and VCP.
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1. Why Study Storage? (10 min)
2. The Mechanical Disk Drive (21 min)
3. Fragmentation (14 min)
4. Solid State Drives (SSDs) (19 min)
5. SATA (10 min)
6. SCSI (12 min)
7. SAS (16 min)
8. Introduction to Fibre Channel (16 min)
9. Disk Characteristics (19 min)
10. Tape (22 min)
11. Other Removable Media (19 min)
12. Connectors and Cable Types (26 min)
13. Physical Networking Hardware (25 min)
14. Modular Storage Arrays (16 min)
15. Environmental and Safety Concerns (22 min)
16. Common Connectivity Terms (24 min)
17. Hands-on Lab: FC Switches (29 min)
18. More Storage Networking Terms (14 min)
19. Redundant Fabrics (6 min)
20. Zoning (13 min)
21. Hands-on Lab: Zoning (12 min)
22. SCSI IDs, Domain IDs, NPIV, and Multipathing (19 min)
23. Physical Versus Logical Connections (5 min)
24. FCIP, iFCP, and iSCSI (15 min)
25. VLANs, WANs, LANS, and MANs (11 min)
26. Link Aggregation (5 min)
27. NFS and CIFS (15 min)
28. Converged Networks — FCoE (17 min)
29. Hands-on Lab: Network Tools (24 min)
30. Hands-on Lab: Troubleshooting the LAN (24 min)
31. Hands-on Lab: Troubleshooting Fibre Channel (11 min)
32. Other Fibre Channel Network Tools (4 min)
33. DAS vs NAS vs SAN (11 min)
34. UNC Addressable Storage (6 min)
35. RAID (26 min)
36. Hands-on Lab: LUNs (24 min)
37. Thin Provisioning and Thin Reclamation (4 min)
38. Hands-on Lab: Volume Management (20 min)
39. Virtualization in Storage (12 min)
40. Storage Administration Interfaces (11 min)
41. Hands-on Lab: Storage Network Management (7 min)
42. Monitoring Storage Networks (9 min)
43. Information Lifecycle Management Concepts (8 min)
44. Component Redundancy: NIC (4 min)
45. Component Redundancy: Power Supplies (3 min)
46. Replication, Backup and Restore (21 min)
47. Backup Rotation Schemes (10 min)
48. De-duplication and Compression (8 min)
49. Hands-on Lab: Storage Security (33 min)
50. Storage Performance (11 min)
51. Additional Storage Performance Concepts (13 min)

Why Study Storage?


One of the interesting things that's happening right now at CBT Nuggets is we are being flooded with requests for storage classes. Obviously, the CompTIA Storage+ class has been requested for a long, long time. We've got requests for EMC training. Just request after request regarding this topic of storage.


Why? In this Nugget, let's take a look. And let's also take a look at some of the concepts, at least from an introductory manner, that we will be studying throughout. Have you noticed that we're in a technology revolution right now? It's really, really incredible.


Social media is causing people like my parents to turn to computer systems when there was never a chance in a million years, I thought, in their 70s that my parents would be turning to technology. Smart devices. I mean, my goodness. Our phones, our tablets, our watches, our glassware.


These things are making technology more pervasive in our life. And by the way, as we talk about things like these portable devices and we talk about social media, all of this is leading back to this concept of storage-- as we'll talk about in a moment when we talk about the different categorizations we can make with IT.


Businesses obviously are more reliant than ever on technology right now. Think about a business cut off from the Internet. Think about what that would mean. Southwest Airlines was very up front, and they gave a number that was in the millions and millions of dollars what an outage would mean to them.


Think about when you call if you were ever to call Southwest Airlines to book a flight. What's the first thing that they say? They say, "Hang up and save money by going to southwest.com. They are encouraging even my parents to book their own flight using their Internet connection and using access to storage technology.


Yeah, the information about upcoming flights and the very latest, greatest prices that you can get. By the way, from a business perspective, Southwest is intelligently directing people to become their own travel agent. Yeah, they want people to book their own flights so they don't have to hire and train the customer service representatives they would ordinarily need to hire and train to handle all this call volume over the phone.


Pretty interesting. Governments are more reliant than ever on this technological revolution that we're experiencing. Look at governments attacking each other now with cyberterrorism just to give you an indication of how important technology is now to the infrastructures of countries in this world.


All of this leads to this incredible drive for high performance and high reliability, and storage plays a key element in this. And as a Storage+ professional, you're going to know the technologies and the designs that can really build an incredible technological foundation for a particular business organization.


Now let's talk about storage's place in the overall IT infrastructure system. We know that there is a computing layer, as we can equally refer to it. These are our clients, our servers, our database servers, our web servers, our transaction servers. These are the computer resources of our infrastructure.


And obviously here at CBT Nuggets, we have so many courses-- courses that I'm blessed enough to have helped create-- on these compute resources. A lot of people look at this layer these days, and they say boy, Anthony, it's all about virtualization. And that is true, and what's funny about that is so are these layers.


Especially as we'll discover in this course. But all of these compute resources are useless unless they have robust, highly available, high-performance connectivity. And that's what the networking category, or layer, of infrastructure systems is all about.


These are the highways, if you will, that are connecting all of these various resources. Another huge area for CBT Nuggets with our courses in things like Juniper technologies and Cisco Systems technologies. And then there is the storage. The absolute massive quantities of highly available, high-performance storage that we need in today's infrastructures.


This is obviously the main focus of this particular course, and notice how it really requires a great robust networking infrastructure, and also an excellent and robust computing infrastructure, to make that storage valuable to the IT organization. I highly suggest to my students that they take something like CompTIA Storage+ so that they at least know the fundamentals of storage infrastructures.


So if their specialty is in networking or if their specialty is computing, they understand the tenets that make up the foundation of the IT infrastructure. Or you could go absolutely crazy like me, and you could master key technologies at all levels of the IT infrastructure.


I do Windows Server, Windows desktop, I do virtualization, I do Cisco networking, I do storage. So you can really branch out into all aspects and the most important technologies at each layer. And a lot of times this makes you very valuable from a management-type perspective in your IT organization, knowing quite a bit about all levels of the IT infrastructure.


Now, the main high-level hybridization for our topic of storage is persistent versus nonpersistent storage. You'll often hear this referred to as nonvolatile. Persistent storage is volatile, and nonpersistent storage is volatile. The most excellent example of nonpersistent storage is random access memory.


Random access memory is lightning-fast. The fastest solid-state hard drive today is still going to be like 1,000 times slower than random access memory. The problem with random access memory, of course, is when we turn off power to that structure, we lose that information.


So this course is going to be primarily based around persistent storage. And particularly, remember, we are going to be focusing on high performance, and we are going to be focusing on high availability. These are the two keys in storage infrastructures today.


People want their large files quickly. And not only that, they want to make sure those large files are always available. Now, one of the classics with persistent storage is the disk drive. And we're going to be, obviously, going deep, deep into disk drive technologies.


But what's interesting now, what's giving the disk drive dominance a run for its money, is cloud technologies, where we don't have to worry about what type of disk drive is in use in order to store this information. We just worry about access to the cloud itself.


So we'll be talking a lot in this course about cloud technologies that are really, really seeking to revolutionize storage technologies. It would be really unfair of us to not look back and think about how far we have come. The time period was about 1956.


This was at IBM. And the unit was called the RAMAC 350. This device, essentially the first-ever disk drive, held a whopping-- you ready for this-- four megabytes of storage. And at the time, that was really, really impressive. So whenever you look at the storage devices that we'll be touring throughout this course, I want you to think just how far we have come in a relatively short period of time.


Now, as you know, one of the enhancements that I'm making to this course over my previous courses at CBT Nuggets is where appropriate, I'll go ahead and provide you with additional study resources. And this Nugget is exactly one of those times. You have everything you need for success in CompTIA's Storage+ exam by watching these Nuggets.


Maybe you'll have to watch some of them multiple times. And you're going to go ahead and utilize the tracker that I provide for you in the NuggetLab files. And you have everything you need, as I said. But I know every time I say that, students will go ahead and they'll demand that I provide them with some books that they can build for their library.


In that regard, a great text that is a nice companion to this course is called Data Storage Networking-- Real-World Skills for the CompTIA Storage+ Certification and Beyond. This was published by Sybex, and notice that it is a publication date of March 2014.


This is awesome, because so many times when it comes to storage texts, we find that they are dated by 10, 20, maybe even longer in years old. So this is a great modern text that is a nice companion to the course. Again, not a requirement by any means, but for those of you that like to build a library of additional resources, this would be one that you would consider.


Well in this Nugget we took a look at the overall landscape IT today. We talked about this incredible tech revolution that we're in, and then we saw the three main areas of the IT infrastructure-- compute, networking, and storage, with, of course, persistent storage being our focus.


I sure hope this Nugget was informative for you, and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

The Mechanical Disk Drive


Solid State Drives (SSDs)




Introduction to Fibre Channel

Disk Characteristics


Other Removable Media

Connectors and Cable Types

Physical Networking Hardware

Modular Storage Arrays

Environmental and Safety Concerns

Common Connectivity Terms

Hands-on Lab: FC Switches

More Storage Networking Terms

Redundant Fabrics


Hands-on Lab: Zoning

SCSI IDs, Domain IDs, NPIV, and Multipathing

Physical Versus Logical Connections



Link Aggregation


Converged Networks — FCoE

Hands-on Lab: Network Tools

Hands-on Lab: Troubleshooting the LAN

Hands-on Lab: Troubleshooting Fibre Channel

Other Fibre Channel Network Tools


UNC Addressable Storage


Hands-on Lab: LUNs

Thin Provisioning and Thin Reclamation

Hands-on Lab: Volume Management

Virtualization in Storage

Storage Administration Interfaces

Hands-on Lab: Storage Network Management

Monitoring Storage Networks

Information Lifecycle Management Concepts

Component Redundancy: NIC

Component Redundancy: Power Supplies

Replication, Backup and Restore

Backup Rotation Schemes

De-duplication and Compression

Hands-on Lab: Storage Security

Storage Performance

Additional Storage Performance Concepts

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