• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

Because so much work is done electronically, businesses and governments generate vast amounts of information, most of which needs to be kept available and safe. Storage technologies have improved with the growth of data requirements. This course introduces the technologies involved in storing and protecting this data and the different types of storage media, such as optical media, and describes the increased reliance on hard disks for permanent, secure data storage. As well, you'll learn about the technology behind RAID arrays and the various types of storage architectures. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that maps to CompTIA's Server+ exam, SK0-004, and covers the following exam objectives: 3.1 Given a scenario, install and deploy primary storage devices based on given specifications and interfaces, 3.2 Given a scenario, configure RAID using best practices, 3.3 Summarize hardware and features of various storage technologies, and 3.4 Given a scenario, calculate appropriate storage capacity and plan for future growth.

Learning Objectives

Primary Storage Devices

  • start the course
  • recognize the different disk specifications when installing and deploying primary storage devices
  • recognize features involved with the different interface options when installing and deploying primary storage devices
  • compare hard drive versus SSD

Configuring RAID

  • identify the different RAID level and performance considerations
  • compare software RAID versus hardware RAID
  • describe configuration specification best practices
  • describe hot-swap support and ramifications
  • compare hot spare versus cold spare
  • describe features of an array controller

Storage Technologies

  • describe the features of DAS
  • describe the features of NAS
  • describe the features of SAN
  • describe the features of JBOD
  • describe the features of tape storage devices
  • describe the features of an optical drive
  • describe the features of flash, compact flash, and a USB drive

Calculating Storage Capacity

  • compare base10 versus base2 disk size calculation
  • calculate appropriate disk quotas and disk compression storage capacity
  • recognize the different considerations for capacity planning
  • recognize the different considerations for capacity planning of directories and databases

Practice: Storage Options

  • recognize storage options

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the NICE Framework Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements identified within the indicated NICE Framework component(s):

Specialty Areas

  • Network Services
  • Systems Administration
  • Technology R&D