SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Planning and Implementation Workshop – SNV1G CR,ILO

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Course Code: SNV1G

Brand: Storage

Category: Systems

Skill Level: Intermediate

Duration: 32.0H

Modality: CR,ILO




This intermediate lecture and exercise-based course is for individuals who are assessing and/or planning to deploy networked storage virtualization solutions.



The following courses are required prior to this class:

• Introduction to Storage (SS01G) 
• Storage Area Networking Fundamentals (SN71G) or (SN71DG) or equivalent experience

A basic understanding on the concepts of open systems, disk storage systems and I/O operations.


Short Summary

This lecture and exercise-based course is for those individuals who are assessing and/or planning to deploy IBM System Storage networked storage virtualization solutions.



This course is designed to leverage SAN storage connectivity by integrating a layer of intelligence in  virtualization. The SAN Volume Controller (SVC) facilitates storage application data access independence from storage management functions and requirements. This focus is on planning and i
mplementation tasks associated with integrating the SVC into the storage area network. 

It also explains how to:

• Centralize storage provisioning to host servers from common storage pools.
• Improve storage optimization and efficiency through Thin Provisioning, Data Reduction and Compression 
• Implement storage tiering and optimize flash drives and storage usage with Easy Tier
• Facilitate the coexistence and migration of data from non-virtualized to the virtualized environment. 
• Utilize network-level storage subsystem-independent data replication services to satisfy backup and disaster recovery requirement.

This course offering is at the IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.2.1.1 level.

Course Agenda

• IBM SAN Volume Controller – Introduction
• IBM SAN Volume Controller – Hardware architecture 
• IBM SAS-Attached storage
• IBM SVC RAID protection solutions
• IBM SVC System – scaling
• IBM SVC System – Installation and management access
• IBM Spectrum Virtualize – Storage provisioning
• IBM Spectrum Virtualize – Volume allocation
• IBM Spectrum Virtualize – Host integration
• IBM Spectrum Virtualize – Data reduction technologies
• IBM Spectrum Virtualize – Easy Tier
• IBM Spectrum Virtualize – Data migration
• IBM Spectrum Virtualize – FlashCopy and Consistency group
• IBM Spectrum Virtualize – Remote data replication
• IBM Spectrum Virtualize – Administration management
• IBM Storage Insights



Day 1
• Welcome
• Unit 1: Introduction to IBM SAN Volume Controller
• Unit 2: SVC hardware architecture
• Unit 3: SVC planning and zoning requirements
• Unit 4: SVC cluster initialization and user authentication
         o Exercise 0: Lab environment overview
         o Exercise 1: SVC system initialization
         o Exercise 2: SVC system configuration
         o Exercise 3: Examine back-end storage system

Day 2
• Review
• Unit 5: SVC storage provisioning
• Unit 6: SVC host access
         o Exercise 4: Storage provisioning
         o Exercise 5: Access SVC storage from Windows and AIX
• Unit 7: Spectrum Virtualize advanced features
         o Exercise 6: Thin Provisioning and Volume Mirroring
         o Exercise 7: Storage access and SDD path selection

Day 3
• Review
• Unit 8: Spectrum Virtualize data migration
         o Exercise 8: SVC data migration
         o Exercise 9: Migrate existing data: Migration Wizard
         o Exercise 10: Migrate existing data with Import Wizard GUI
         o Exercise 11: Migrate existing data with Import Wizard CLI
• Unit 9: Spectrum Virtualize Copy Services

Day 4
• Review
         o Exercise 12: SVC scripting and I/O group modification
         o Exercise 13: Real-time Compression and the IBM Comprestimator
• Unit 10: SVC administration management
         o Exercise 14: SVC FlashCopy and consistency groups
         o Exercise 15: Assign user roles and access
• Class Review and Evaluation



After completion of this course, you should be able to:

• Distinguish the concepts of IBM Spectrum virtualization.
• Recall the history for IBM SAN Volume Controller.
• Classify the characteristics and components of the IBM SAN Volume Controller system and SAS attached expansion enclosures.
• Outline setups required to integrate an SVC system solution.
• Compare the characteristics of the RAID and DRAID.
• Summarize the SVC systems’ ability to scale for capacity and performance. 
• Summarize the virtualization process converting physical storage space into virtual resources.
• Recall the process to create host access storage on an SVC system.
• Differentiate the advanced software features designed to simplify data management, reclaim storage  space, and preserve storage investments.
• Differentiate methods in which to migrate data to and from the virtualized system environment.
• Summarize the methods of remote data replications to improve availability and support for disaster   recovery.
• Employ administrative operations to manage, monitor, and troubleshoot the system. environment. 
• Summarize the characteristics of IBM Storage Insights’ ability to identify, troubleshoot and minimize potential system downtime.

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