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   Ethernet for Storage Professionals


For those storage professionals that require a deeper understanding of Ethernet technology; this seminar can be a standalone one day training module or it can be added to the iSCSI seminar as an add-on module.

This seminar covers the fundamental aspects of Ethernet (TCP/IP-based) technology. The seminar starts with “what Ethernet is” and “how it is applied” to all IP Storage options, a comparison of the different storage and network protocol stacks, and the standards used to define Ethernet technology. Next comes the basics of the technology including: frame format, MAC addressing, EtherTypes, FCS, topologies, CSMA/CD, and Jumbo frames. Ethernet switch learning, VLANs, making Ethernet “Lossless”, and protocols enhancements for the data center round out these fundamental topics. Finally the hardware characteristics including: transceivers, speeds, encoding, and module form factors complete link layer topics.

The seminar continues by covering IP essentials including: IPv4 & IPv6 dotted address notation, header details (length, Type of service – TOS, and a bunch of flags), and how datagrams are fragmented and reassembled. Next on the protocol stack are the TCP essentials including; well-known ports, TCP segment header components, TCP options, and connection management. The seminar closes by summarizing all of today’s Ether-based protocols including; NAS, iSCSI, FCIP, and FCoE.

Abbreviated Course Outline

Introduction to SATA
What is storage networking?
  What is storage?
  What is iSCSI?
  Storage Networking Markets
  Accessing data
  Tiered Storage
  Information Classification
  Industry applications and I/O Profiling
  Applications Objectives
  Application characteristics
  Converged networks
  SNIA shared storage model
Storage protocols
  Network verses Storage
  Comparing DAS and SAN systems
  Direct Attached Storage
  DAS Components
  Network Attached Storage
  Storage Area Networks
  Brief history of SANs
  DAS/SAN/NAS Protocol Stack Comparison
  SAN Protocols
  SAN Advantages and Disadvantages
Ethernet Storage
  Ethernet Standards
Ethernet Essentials
  The Ethernet
  Ethernet Frame Format
  Ethernet Topologies
  Ethernet Jumbo Frames
  Ethernet Switch Learning

  Virtual LANs (VLANs)
  Making Ethernet “Lossless”
  Frame Loss and Ethernet Flow Control
  Link Aggregation (NIC Teaming)
  Routers: Logical Segmentation
  Ethernet Link Initialization
  Ethernet Physical Link Variants
  Ethernet Transceivers
IP Addresses
  Dotted Address Notation
  IP Header
  IP Datagram Fragmentation
  Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)
Basic TCP Operation
  TCP Ports and IP Addresses
  TCP Segment Header
  TCP Options
  Connections and Connection Management
  Connection Established
  Connection Termination
  TCP Connection State Diagram
  TCP Flow Control
  TCP Error Detection and Retransmission
  TCP/IP Performance Considerations
Ether-based IP Storage Deployment

Who Should Attend
This seminar is targeted towards developers, integrators, managers, marketing personnel, technical writers and others with a need for an understanding of Ethernet technology as it relates to storage.
Prerequisites: An understanding of current computer interfaces or networks is useful, but not absolutely necessary.
Course Length: 1 day onsite or two-session virtual (each session 4 hours)

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