HP Accelerated SAN Essentials (UC434S)


HP Accelerated SAN Essentials (UC434S)

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive and accelerated
understanding of SAN technologies and concepts. Students
gain experience needed to tackle challenges of working in
enterprise class SAN environments. The course is 60 percent
lecture and 40 percent hands-on labs using HP servers.

Course Duration : 5 days


• Basic technical understanding of networking and storage concepts
and terminology and
• Experience managing Windows or UNIX systems
• Recommended free web-based training at
http://education.itrc.hp.com: SAN Fundamentals (U5527AAE)

Course outline


• SAN definition, benefits, and goals
• High-speed backup and availability
• Server and storage consolidation
• DAS, NAS, and SAN concepts and comparisons
• Host, target, and interconnect device characteristics
• Power-on sequence

Fibre Channel (FC) Basics

• FC terminology, port types, topologies, and layers
• Class of service

Fibre Channel Switches

• Switch configuration parameters
• Principal switch selection
• Frame routing within a fabric
• Trunking and port channels
• Virtualization within the fabric

SAN Hosts

• Host role within SAN and virtualization
• Host installation checklist and bus connections
• Boot from SAN and load balancing
• Multi-path SAN connections and software
• Multi-path I/O (MPIO) components within OS

Disk Targets

• Disk drives and associated technologies
• How disks are connected to controllers
• LUN masking and array management

Fibre Channel Advanced

• Fibre channel addressing and reserved addresses
• Ordered sets
• Primitive signals and sequences
• Flow control and zoning
• Link and fabric services
• Fabric login and segmentation

SAN Management

• SAN management choices and considerations
• Technologies driving SAN management
• HP SAN management today
• HP storage essentials


• IP storage
• iSCSI stack, packet construction, and name convention
• iSCSI connection, hardware options, and security
• HP Storage SAN as a sample of a iSCSI system

SAN Extension
• SAN extension technologies and implementations
• Fibre channel over IP (FCIP)
• FCIP and its role in SAN extension
• FCIP performance and security
• Fibre routing implementations in a SAN

• FCoE and CEE standards
• FCoE I/O consolidation and terminology
• Lossless ethernet
• FCIP, iSCSI, and FCoE protocols

SAN Security

• Basic storage security model and access points
• Planning security in a SAN
• Core components for securing SAN data management
• Security in practice
• Authentication and encryption

Data Protection

• Backup types and their differences
• Accelerated and dynamic de-duplication
• Synchronous and asynchronous replication
• Split mirror and snapshot replication


• Factors affecting SAN, disk, and drive speed performance
• Fibre channel technology and how it affects storage performance
• Planning a disk system that accounts for effects of RAID, cache, and
chunk size on performance
• I/O profiling

SAN Design

• Architecture choices and design considerations
• HP standard SAN topologies and topology design rules
• Core and edge architecture
• Levels of high availability in SAN architecture