Introduction to SAN and NAS Storage

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Introduction to SAN and NAS Storage

Understand the basics plus more of Storage Area Networks SAN and Network Attached Storage NAS

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

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Course Description

Today's data center and cloud environments have converged infrastructures and management tools, and with the advent of virtualization technologies like VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, external SAN and NAS storage is becoming a standard. It's no longer possible to get by as an IT professional by knowing only servers, networking or storage, you need an understanding of all three for your career to thrive.

This course will give you the knowledge you need to understand SAN and NAS storage. You'll learn the theory of the CIFS (SMB), NFS, Fibre Channel, iSCSI and FCoE protocols, and see how to configure the storage system and connect from the client with hands-on lab demonstrations.

The lessons are vendor agnostic so they're suitable no matter who the manufacturer of your storage system is. I've used NetApp as the storage system in the live demos but the information is relevant to all vendors.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Understand the basics plus more of Storage Area Networks and Network Attached Storage
  • Be a more rounded and effective member of an IT team
  • Understand the difference between SAN and NAS
  • Connect to CIFS (SMB) NAS storage from a Windows client
  • Connect to NFS storage from a Linux client
  • Connect to iSCSI storage from a Windows client
  • Understand the intracacies of Fibre Channel SAN
  • Understand Fibre Channel over Ethernet FCoE
  • Perform a basic configuration of SAN and NAS storage on a NetApp storage system


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • A basic knowledge of computer networks
  • No previous storage knowledge is necessary
Introduction to SAN and NAS Storage


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Storage Foundations
20 Lectures
  • play icon What is SAN and NAS Storage 09:02 09:02
  • play icon Course Material Download
  • play icon Benefits of SAN and NAS Storage 19:01 19:01
  • play icon Storage Media Types 08:56 08:56
  • play icon RAID 11:17 11:17
  • play icon Comparing SAN and NAS Storage 13:42 13:42
  • play icon CIFS SMB Overview and Configuration 12:53 12:53
  • play icon NFS Overview and Configuration 15:04 15:04
  • play icon SAN Protocols - Fibre Channel Overview Part 1 FCP and WWPN Addressing 10:42 10:42
  • play icon SAN Protocols - Fibre Channel Overview Part 2 Zoning and LUN Masking 05:57 05:57
  • play icon SAN Protocols - Fibre Channel Overview Part 3 Fabric Login 07:42 07:42
  • play icon SAN Protocols - Fibre Channel Overview Part 4 Redundancy and Multipathing 10:52 10:52
  • play icon SAN Protocols - FCoE 08:33 08:33
  • play icon SAN Protocols - Fibre Channel and FCoE Configuration 07:07 07:07
  • play icon SAN Protocols - iSCSI Overview 11:45 11:45
  • play icon SAN Protocols - iSCSI Configuration 11:37 11:37
  • play icon SAN Protocols - NVMeOF 04:35 04:35
  • play icon Object Storage Overview 27:07 27:07
  • play icon Converged and Hyper Converged Infrastructure HCI 13:00 13:00
  • play icon Thank You 01:03 01:03

Instructor Details

Neil Anderson

Neil Anderson

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Hi, I'm Neil Anderson, and my mission is to build the best Cloud and Data Center systems engineers possible.

I built my career by learning about IT technologies through books and online resources and it’s my passion now to help you do the same.

You know how some instructors seem to get a kick out of making things complicated to make themselves look smarter than you? I love to make things as easy to understand as possible and seeing you get that lightbulb moment.

I'm proud of my 'Top Responder' tag online. I genuinely care about giving you the best experience possible, both in the quality of my training and in ongoing support. 

Nothing makes me feel better than hearing back from students who I've helped move on to the next level in their career. It gives me huge satisfaction to know I've played a part in you achieving your goals.

My experience:

Since 2007 my main focus has been delivery of technical training and development of course content for large enterprise and service provider customers such as NetApp, Cisco, Verizon and IBM. I train the engineers who design and implement the largest Cloud and Data Center deployments throughout the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world.

I also provide consultancy to clients and mentoring for the systems engineers in the company I work for.

Prior to focusing on training I worked in the field for over 10 years in a variety of systems and network engineering and IT management roles.


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BEST SUMMARY COURSE OF STORAGE. I would recommend this course of any beginners that want to get into storage certifications


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