Accelerated SAN Essentials

Hewlett Packard
This 5-day course provides a comprehensive and accelerated understanding of SAN technologies and concepts.

Course number UC434S

Delivery method
Instructor-led training (ILT)
Onsite dedicated training (OST)

Course overview
This 5-day course provides a comprehensive and accelerated understanding of SAN technologies and concepts. Students will gain the experience needed to tackle the challenges of working in enterprise class SAN environments.


Participants will be expected to have the following experience:

  • Basic technical understanding of networking and storage, concepts and terminology
  • Experience managing Windows or UNIX systems
  • Recommended free web-based training at SAN Fundamentals (U5527aae)

This course is designed for technical professionals seeking an accelerated learning path that includes both conceptual knowledge of Fibre Channel SAN technologies and experience in heterogeneous SAN environments

Next steps

  • Managing HP StorageWorks EVA (UC420S)
  • HP StorageWorks XP 1: Configuration and Management (H6773S)

Benefits to you
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the leading SAN technologies and the experience needed to tackle the challenges of working with SAN solutions.

Course outline


  • What is a SAN? / Why a SAN?
  • Fast Backup and Restore
  • Business continuance
  • High availability
  • Clustering
  • Server and Storage Consolidation
  • Efficiency improvements
  • Centralized Management
  • DAS, NAS and SAN
  • Direct Attached Storage (DAS) and Network Attached Storage (NAS)
  • Distributed Storage
  • SAN Considerations
  • Tiered storage
  • SAN components
  • Host, target and interconnect device characteristics
  • Power-on sequence

Fibre Channel Basics

  • Why not SCSI?
  • World Wide Name (WWN)
  • Fibre Channel WWN
  • Nodes, Ports and Links
  • SAN Topologies
  • Point-to-point topology
  • Arbitrated loop topology and loop hubs
  • Private and public loops
  • Switched fabric topology
  • Fibre Channel port types and architecture
  • FC-0--Physical level
  • Transceivers
  • Fibre Channel cabling
  • Multi- and single-mode fiber
  • Single-mode step-index fiber
  • Attenuation and dispersion
  • Cable bends and damage
  • FC-1 Coding layer and encoding process
  • FC-2 -- Signaling Protocol level
  • Fibre Channel terminology
  • Frame structure and header
  • Cisco EISL header
  • CSI (FCP) write operation
  • Class of service
  • FC-3 Common Services
  • FC-4 ULP Mappings

Fibre channel switches

  • Principal switch
  • Upstream and Downstream links
  • Frame routing -- FSPF
  • Flow- and Exchange-based routing
  • ISL bandwidth aggregation
  • B-series Trunk
  • C-series portchannel
  • FSPF and host-based load balancing
  • virtual fabrics
  • B-series virtual fabrics
  • C-series virtual SANs (VSANs)
  • Fabric-based Storage Virtualization
  • HP StorageWorks SVS200
  • Switches and Directors
  • B-series product family and Software components
  • C-series product family
  • Device management

SAN hosts

  • Hosts and Fibre Channel
  • Virtualization for hosts
  • NPIV -- N_Port Virtualization
  • Virtual Machines
  • Boot from SAN
  • Host preparation and install
  • HBA installation and interrogation
  • Windows connectivity -- Device Manager
  • Windows disk Manager
  • Verifying HBA installation hp-ux
  • Agile addressing hp-ux 11i v3
  • Multiple paths to storage
  • Automatic path failover
  • Load balancing HP Education services are governed by the HP Education Services Terms and Conditions 4
  • Microsoft Multi-Path I/O (MPIO) and storage stack
  • MPIO driver modules
  • DSM utilities
  • Secure Path for HP-UX
  • Secure Path driver hp-ux
  • File systems

Disk targets

  • Disk Drives
  • Standard disk driver interfaces
  • SCSI-3 command set and encapsulation
  • RAID
  • Disk enclosures and connections
  • LUN masking
  • HP StorageWorks arrays
  • Array Configuration Utility -- MSA
  • Command View EVA

Fibre Channel advanced

  • Fibre Channel addressing
  • FC-AL Loop IDs and AL-Pas
  • Addressing public NL_Ports
  • Loop ID to ALPA conversion
  • Ordered sets and primitives
  • Primitive signals and sequences
  • Flow control
  • FCP write I/O class 2
  • Link services
  • Fabric login and services
  • N_Port login sequence
  • Well known addresses
  • Name server detail
  • Registered State change Notification
  • Fabric zoning
  • Zone members, enforcement and granularity
  • Fabric segmentation

SAN design

  • SAN architecture choices and considerations
  • Planning process
  • HP Standard SAN topologies
  • Design using HP SAN topologies
  • Single-switch fabrics
  • Cascaded Fabric
  • Ring, meshed and core-edge fabrics
  • Initial cost of deployment
  • Data locality
  • Topology data access usage
  • SAN infrastructure performance factors
  • Availability
  • Level 1: Single connectivity fabric
  • Level 2: Single resilient fabric
  • Level 3: Single-resilient fabric and multiple device paths
  • Level 4: Multiple fabrics and device paths
  • HP StorageWorks SAN Design Reference Guide


  • IP storage and protocols
  • Overview of iSCSI
  • iSCSI stack
  • iSCSI encapsulation
  • iSCSI Host Driver
  • iSCSI initiators
  • iSNS
  • IP security

SAN extension

  • What is a SAN extension?
  • Why extend the SAN?
  • HP Supported SAN extension technologies
  • Fibre Channel over IP
  • FCIP performance
  • Network speeds
  • FCIP compression
  • IP network considerations and bet practices
  • FCIP security, encryption, advantage and hardware HP Education services are governed by the HP Education Services Terms and Conditions 5
  • SAN scaling
  • Scaling by routing
  • Fibre Channel routing implementations
  • SAN island consolidation
  • Integration of Fibre Channel routing and FCIP
  • Tape backup consolidation

SAN management

  • Storage management tasks
  • Increasing administration costs
  • Why storage management?
  • HP Information Lifecycle Management (ILM)
  • SAN management concepts and strategy
  • SAN performance and storage capacity management
  • SMI-S
  • Storage Essentials
  • HP StorageWorks Fabric Manager

SAN security

  • Basic security model
  • Security domains
  • Attacks and exposures
  • Mitigation of risk
  • SAN security access points
  • Storage security model
  • Data and management securities
  • SAN security practices
  • Planning SAN security prevention
  • Data path and management path security in practice
  • Storage security in an enterprise environment
  • Security in practice
  • Authentication
  • FCIP encryption

Data protection

  • Protection and recovery methods
  • Data protection technologies
  • Direct backup -- tape
  • Tape libraries
  • Zoning for backup
  • Backup performance considerations
  • Virtual Tape Libraries
  • Disk to Tape
  • Data replication
  • Split-mirror and snapshot backup concepts
  • Remote, synchronous and asynchronous replication
  • Comparing replication modes
  • HP StorageWorks Storage Mirroring

SAN performance

  • Performance objectives and factors
  • Data rate and response time
  • PCI-X performance balancing
  • Bus and device Utilization
  • I/O performance data
  • Fibre Channel technology
  • ISL oversubscription
  • Hop latency
  • Data priority -- quality of service
  • Device attachment points
  • Distance considerations and disk drive performance
  • RAID, RAID selection and RAID level efficiency
  • RAID disk selection and performance
  • Planning a disk system
  • Data caching technologies
  • Environment profiling
  • Large sequential read environment
  • Server application
  • Selecting chunk size
  • Upis u radnu knjižicu: ne
  • Certifikat: ne
  • Uvjerenje: ne
  • In-house: ne
  • Svjedodžba: ne
  • Diploma: ne