Course Title  : Understanding the Role Storage Technologies and Big Data
Course Duration : 2 Day - Face-To-Face Intructor-led Workshop - Classroom
Course Fee : Available upon request (Write to us at
Course Location : TLC (Karachi), Customer Onsite, and Online
: Online workshop are delivered in four days, two units each day between 11 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm
Course Code : TN170
Deliverables : Comprehensive Student Guide and Workshop Certificate 

Customer onsite workshop can also be conducted for customers in Lahore, and Islamabad
This course is designed to provide you with introductory information on leading edge storage technologies. You will be taught about the capabilities, functions and basic solutions that are available by the storage market leaders. 

This two day face-to-face instructor led class is designed to develop storage technology skills and strategies associated with managing the explosive growth of business data across the enterprise in today's networked economy. It introduces the basic concepts and terminology associated with Direct Attached Storage (DAS), networked storage including Storage Area Networks (SANs), Network Attached Storage (NAS), and Internet SCSI (iSCSI).  It also covers storage emerging technologies like Object Storage, Software Defined Storage including storage virtualization and an comprehensive introduction on the role of Analytics and Big Data. 

The storage training course is vendor neutral and it makes the attendee completely familiar with lot of technologies surrounding storage and various complex issues and solutions thereof due to explosive growth of data.

Often people take training courses on storage products ranging from Storage switches to Arrays to Tape Devices to Storage Virtualization appliances. However, few of them really understand the gamut of storage technologies that made those products. As a result, there is an acute shortage of people in the storage market who has a holistic understanding of the storage capabilities and how they relate to each other.

This course is intended for resources who:

  • Want to start their career as Storage Pre Sales Specialists.
  • Want to develop skills as Storage Consultants and Systems Integrators.
  • Senior IT Managers who want to refresh their knowledge in storage technologies.
  • Technology vendors and their Business Partners.
  • End-users to expand their knowledge enabling them to better communicate with their storage vendors during presales cycle, preparing RPFs etc.
  • Technology sales people who want to change their profession from other technology discipline to storage sales professionals.
Participants should have basic level of understandings of Information Technology. 

On completion of this course participants should be able to:
  • Understand the role of SNIA
  • Describe and understand Direct Attached Storage technologies
  • Understand different types of available RAID levels
  • Choosing the right RAID level with respect to applications and databases
  • Exploiting Storage Area Networks
  • Introduction to Network Attached Storage
  • All about Information Infrastructure and associated risk and challenges associated with storage securities
  • Define SAN terminology including: Fibre Channel architecture, data transfer protocols, nodes, ports, fabric and switches
  • Identify resource access and sharing options and considerations associated with networked storage environments
  • Correlate storage networking infrastructure with host and NAS server LUN assignments and device access
  • Introduction to Software Defined Storage
  • Understand Object Storage
  • Problem areas for virtualization solutions
  • Solution offers by storage virtualization
  • Understand virtualization Architectures:  In-Band vs. Out-of-Band
  • What is information infrastructure and its challenges
  • Information Infrastructure model
  • Delivering a dynamic infrastructure
  • Smart storage management
  • Data replication technologies
  • Access Control Authentication and Authorization
  • Understanding Encryption Symmetric and Asymmetric
  • Understand key contributors to Big Data 
  • Understanding Big Data and data exploration 
  • What does a Big Data platform do? 
  • Understanding Big Data 3Vs


Unit 1 Storage in a view - Challenges and Trends
  • Storage types and subsystems
  • IT Trends and storage dilemma
  • Business requirements
  • Pressure on the IT management
  • Information infrastructure model
  • Information explosion The growth
  • Reduce cost, minimize risk and improve services 
  • Backup and restore solutions
  • Understanding Persistent and Non Persistent Storage
  • Critical facts about storage that you cannot ignore
  • Acquisitions and storage dynamics 
Unit 2 Introduction to Direct Attached Storage and RAID Levels 
  • What is Direct Attached Storage
  • Understand internal DAS
  • Understand external DAS
  • Using a DAS under a cluster configuration
  • Understanding JBOD and its use
  • Introduction to RAID
  • Understanding different types of RAID levels
Unit 3 Exploiting Storage Area Networks
  • Understanding SAN
  • The role of SNIA Standards & Compliances
  • Why SAN?
  • SAN highlights and utility
  • Components and benefits of SAN
  • SAN A high speed data transfer between hosts
  • Understand igroup and LUN
  • Logical Unit Number specifics
  • Information you require to create a LUN and SAN switch features
  • SAN Applications and Zoning
  • Major SAN players
Unit 4 Introduction to Network Attached Storage
  • Understanding NAS
  • Describe File Based Storage and NAS Advantages
  • NAS Protocols NFS and CIFS
  • Understanding HTTP A NAS feature
  • Server and NAS connectivity
  • NAS communications and security
  •  iSCSI What is it?
  • Basic iSCSI storage configuration
  • Understanding TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE)
  • SAN NAS comparison chart
  • Understand Snapshot technology
  • Understanding Network Data Management Protocol and its functionality 
Unit 5 Flash Storage Fundamentals
  • The main Dilemma
  • Client responses to Performance Gap
  • Flash Storage Solution to the problem 
  • Flash Storage uses Nonvolatile Memory
  • Flash Storage Overview
  • How does Flash Storage works?
  • Flash Storage adoption and Use Cases
  • Understanding all about All-Flash Array & Attributes
  • Understand Multi-Level Cell and Single-Level Cell Flashes 
  • Differentiating Wear Leveling Vs. Mean Time Between Failure
  • Understand Hybrid Flash Array
  • The benefits and drawbacks of a Hybrid Flash Array
  • Top five reasons to select a Hybrid or All-Flash Array
  • Where do you best use Flash Storage today?
  • Hybrid Flash and All-Flash Array market leaders
  • Predictions All-Flash Array Vs. Hybrid Flash Array
  • Flash Array Competitive Landscape An Example



Unit 6 Storage Virtualization Basics
  • What is storage virtualization?
  • Why there is a need for storage virtualization
  • Storage Capacity Utilization Expanding more for less
  • Storage Virtualization Features & Benefits
  • Virtualization Industry wide definition
  • SNIA shared storage model
  • What does Storage Virtualization enable?
  • Storage Virtualization Multi?Level Approach
  • Virtualization Architectures:  In-Band vs. Out-of-Band
  • Key benefits of Storage Virtualization
Unit 7 Information Infrastructure Challenges and Storage Securities
  • What is information infrastructure and its challenges
  • Information Infrastructure model
  • Components of information infrastructure solution
  • Data protection technologies
  • What is storage security and why it is required?
  • Data replication technologies
  • Access Control Authentication and Authorization
  • Understanding Encryption Symmetric and Asymmetric
  • Why encryption is essential
  • Consequences of data security breaches
  • Fabric-based encryption for data-at-rest
  • Understand what is Latency in SAN environment
Unit 8 - Introduction to Software Defined Storage
  • Why Software Defined Storage?
  • SDS is more than storage virtualization
  • Software Defined Storage in the Context of the Software Defined Data Center
  • What is needed for Software Defined Storage?
  • Basic Building Blocks of Software Defined Storage
  • Some of the attributes of Software Defined Storage
  • SDS an integral component of the Software Defined Data Center 
  • Key benefits of Software Defined Storage
  • Business Challenges solved by Software Defined Storage
Unit 9 Introduction to Big Data & Analytics
  • A new style of emerging IT and Key contributors to Big Data 
  • Understanding Big Data and data exploration 
  • What does a Big Data platform do? 
  • Understanding Big Data 3Vs
  • Analytics Breadth to Enable Decisions
  • Describe Hadoop
  • Harnessing Big Data & Big Data Challenges
  • Understanding Analytics and why Analytics matters?
  • Analytics Breadth to Enable Decisions
  • Analytics mapping to the business applications
  • Some of the key benefits offered by Analytics
  • Describe Data Mining 
  • Hybrid Cloud Storage A way forward to Cloud Computing
Unit 10 Storage & Data Management
  • Why Storage Management
  • Storage Management Challenges
  • SMI-S Benefits and Data Classification
  • Storage Vs Data Classification
  • Information Lifecycle Management
  • ILM Three Storage Strategies
  • Hierarchical Storage Management
  • Understand Data Protection
  • Data Protection Methods
  • Understanding RTO and RPO DR
  • Backup and Restore 
  • Types of Backups Full, Incremental & Differential
  • Understand Snapshot & Continuous Data Protection technologies
  • Importance of Virtual Tape Library
  • Data De-duplication technology




Following are the customers who have attended this workshop.

Group Photographs of students attended this Storage Technology Workshop

Access Group Pakistan has attended a two day workshop on "The Role of 
Storage Technologies & Big Data". This workshop was conducted by TLC 
in Karachi on December 27-28, 2017.  

Conducted a comprehensive detailed session on "Storage Systems Current 
Market Trends & Enterprise Strategies" at State Bank of Pakistan on 
August 17, 2018. This session was attended by different teams at SBP.


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