S10-100: SNIA Storage Network Foundations ... taking  you to current course, S10-101, in 4 seconds...

Course Summary

This course highlights storage technology in vendor neutral terms. It introduces fundamental storage capabilities and the building blocks that underpin those capabilities across storage disciplines. The setting is practical and applied to help the student participate in addressing storage issues as part of a multidisciplinary team.



Explosive information growth has resulted in a people shortage. Many individuals have taken storage product training. However, few people understand the breadth of storage capabilities. Still fewer understand the basic building blocks that underpin those capabilities. As a result, it is difficult to find people with an integrated literacy across storage disciplines.

Balanced technical breadth enables the storage administrator to improve problem-solving skills while gaining transferable technical depth. Broad fundamental knowledge enables the manager to understand limits and choose strategic direction. Both are no longer bound by vendor specific language, and in fact, they share a common storage industry language.

The many terms including SAN, Array, Migration, Replica and Clone, by name sound like characters in a science fiction movie. Understanding the terms composition, roles and interactions provide the foundation for developing and maintaining storage solutions. Business depends on these storage solutions. They are not just building blocks, they are put together certain ways to meet a purpose.

Alternative Course

S10-108 HyperTestPrep for SNIA Storage Network Foundations S10-100 and S10-101 Exams (1 day)

Expected Outcome

Pass S10-100 Exam. Have strong practical and verbal understanding of storage and storage networking concepts. 


3 full days                                                                                                                           


Delivery Modes


This course has been replaced by S10-101. Please see S10-101 for schedule and pricing.



S10-100 represents a tremendous body of work. There were over eighty books and documents used in it's creation. Many of our students remark that the course material provided is something that they will use as a reference for years to come, with both breadth and depth.



5% advance registration discount, 21 calendar days before session start date.


The primary objective of this course is to develop fundamental technical knowledge and skills required to understand current and emerging data storage capabilities and infrastructures. The course provides a set of practical approaches required to help new and experienced storage administrators and managers to do their job better. Objectives include:


Everyone responsible for storage service delivery and support for new and existing storage products and services; this typically includes both new and experienced development, administration, implementation, delivery, support and management staff. Staff members required to complete the internationally recognized SNIA S10-100 Storage Network Foundations examination will find this course essential.

A basic level of IT literacy including at least six (6) months experience in IT and/or Storage Networking Operations. Advanced computer skills and knowledge in at least one operating system. Technical skills as a team member to develop complex solutions. A course specific non-disclosure agreement is required to attend this course.

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Course Contents

Basic Storage Technology - Describe common storage elements including caching and I/O technologies. Differentiate between DAS, SAN, NAS, CAS and IP Storage networking architectures and environments. Demonstrate understanding of the SNIA Shared Storage Model. Describe RAID data protection strategies. Identify standards organizations.

Disk Technology - Identify disk components. Compare and contrast disk interface technologies. Describe capabilities and attributes of Mid-Tier and High-End storage arrays. Demonstrate understanding of disk controller features. Describe disk placement criteria within tiered storage models.

SCSI - Describe SCSI as architecture and physical interface including its relationship to end devices (disk, tape and robotics.) Identify advantages and disadvantages of using SCSI interface technology. Describe SCSI protocol elements. Demonstrate understanding of SCSI command and operations concepts. Identify implementation parameters.

FC-SAN - Describe FC-SAN general concepts. Identify advantages and disadvantages of FC SAN. Identify topologies and components. Describe protocols, classes of service and addressing. Demonstrate understanding of fabric-enabled technologies. Develop a response to a design scenario for distance extended SAN, demonstrating understanding of key concepts, costs, risks and implementation methods.

IP Storage Networking - Describe IP networking storage general concepts including protocol differentiation. Identify advantages and disadvantages of using IP Storage Networking. Describe iSCSI implementation concepts. Demonstrate understanding of IP Storage Networking enabled technologies. Identify risks. Describe selection criteria for IP Storage Networking solutions.

Network Attached Storage (NAS) - Describe NAS concepts. Identify advantages and disadvantages of using NAS technology. Compare and contrast NFS and CIFS protocols. Describe NAS operating system characteristics. Identify NAS backup and recovery risks.

Virtualization - Define storage virtualization in terms of abstraction, transparency and taxonomy. Identify advantages, disadvantages and benefits of virtualization at various levels. Compare and contrast the virtualization placement and management. Identify taxonomy elements in terms of the Shared Storage Model. Describe virtualization enabled technologies, including snap, clone and replication. Identify criteria for selecting virtualization techniques in risk management terms.

Storage Management - Describe storage management components and the relationship of device and network management. Identify performance management risks created by management infrastructure. Describe common elements; their instrumentation points and the relationship to SMI-S enabled products. Identify SMI-S components and relationships. Describe the SMI-S product certification process.

Data Management - Describe data management concepts including backup and recovery, ILM, tiered storage and data placement based on usage. Compare backup techniques including network, snapshot, NDMP, Backup to Disk, Backup to Tape and Tape Virtualization. Describe backup design trade-offs as they relate to scalability, manageability and performance. Manage data in given scenarios, identifying techniques and risks.

Continuity Management - Identify steps using high availability and disaster recovery in a SAN infrastructure. Discuss the role of infrastructure resolution in backup recovery and disaster recovery scenarios.


S10-100 Examinations leading to SNIA CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL (SCP) are held on all continents. Possession of this certificate is mandatory for all candidates who wish to reach 'full certification' as a SNIA CERTIFIED STORAGE NETWORKING EXPERT.

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