Information Storage and Management (ISM) is a unique course that provides a comprehensive understanding of the various storage infrastructure components in data center environments. The latest iteration of this popular course — ISM v3 (version 3) — enables participants to make informed decisions on storage-related technologies in increasingly complex IT environments, which are fast changing with the adoption of software-defined infrastructure management and third platform technologies (cloud, Big Data, social, and mobile technologies)

ISMv3 provides a strong understanding of storage technologies and prepares participants for advanced concepts, technologies, and processes. Participants will learn the architectures, features, and benefits of intelligent storage systems outlined the course module section below.

The ISMv3 course takes an open-approach to describe all the concepts and technologies, which are further illustrated and reinforced with EMC-related product examples

 ۱: Introduction to Information Storage

Digital data and its types

Information storage

Key characteristics of data center

Evolution of computing platforms

 ۲: Third Platform Technologies

Cloud computing and its essential characteristics

Cloud services and cloud deployment models

Big data analytics

Social networking and mobile computing

Characteristics of third platform infrastructure

Imperatives for third platform transformation

 ۳: Data Center Infrastructure

Building blocks of a data center

Compute systems and compute virtualization

Software-defined data center

 ۴: Intelligent Storage Systems

Components of an intelligent storage system

Components, addressing, and performance of hard disk drives and solid state drives


Types of intelligent storage systems

Scale-up and scale-out storage architecture

 ۵: Block-based Storage System

Components of block-based storage system

Storage provisioning and storage tiering

 ۶: File-based Storage System

Components and architecture of NAS

NAS file sharing methods

File-level virtualization and tiering

 ۷: Object-based and Unified Storage

Components of object-based storage device (OSD)

Key features of OSD

Storage and retrieval process in OSD system

Unified storage architecture

 ۸: Software-defined Storage

Attributes of software-defined storage

Architecture of software-defined storage

Functions of the control plane

Software-defined storage extensibility

 ۹: Fibre Channel SAN

Software-defined networking

FC SAN components and architecture

FC SAN topologies, link aggregation, and zoning

Virtualization in FC SAN environment

 ۱۰: Internet Protocol SAN

iSCSI protocol, network components, and connectivity

Link aggregation, switch aggregation, and VLAN

FCIP protocol, connectivity, and configuration

 ۱۱: Fibre Channel over Ethernet SAN

Components of FCoE SAN

FCoE SAN connectivity

Converged Enhanced Ethernet

FCoE architecture

 ۱۲: Introduction to Business Continuity

Impact of information unavailability

Business continuity planning lifecycle

Eliminating single points of failure

Application resiliency

 ۱۳: Backup and Archive

Backup architecture

Backup targets and methods

Data deduplication

Cloud-based and mobile device backup

Data archive

 ۱۴: Replication

Uses of replication and its characteristics

Compute-based, storage-based, and network-based replication

Data migration

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

 ۱۵: Securing the Storage Infrastructure

Information security goals

Storage security domains

Threats to a storage infrastructure

Security controls to protect a storage infrastructure

Governance, risk, and compliance

 ۱۶: Managing the Storage Infrastructure

Storage infrastructure management functions

Storage infrastructure management processes

Computer systems and architectures

Networking technologies

Operating system

Database Management Systems