System Administrator in a server room
Advanced Storage Technologies

Data storage is an integral and essential component of every computer system. This course explores the spectrum of storage technologies ranging from DAS to JBODS to SANs. Media types including Ramdisk, Flash, SSD, magnetic, optical and other emerging technologies will be investigated. The issues to be faced as systems grow to enterprise scale will also be addressed. Features of local, distributed, and networked storage including SANs will be introduced as well as issues such as capacity planning, virtualization, decentralized storage, security, crash recovery and load balancing, and maintenance in support of high performance systems and maintenance. Knowledge of networking, systems, and security technologies is necessary.