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How to learn network Storage system?

I've been struggling about finding learning materials about network storage system. my work environment doesn't have any expensive storage equipments. some commercial learning center cost about us$500 per day. crazy!!

Can I learn this by myself? if I can, how? if anyone in this forum have good experience in Storage network, please help to point me a way out.
Thank you very much in advance
Jerry
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tomerleiCommented:
Hi,
I worked for 4 years in a company that creates Server Storage products as a developer.

I'm not sure if a tutorial exists for the entire enterprise storage subject, but I can give you most of the terms in pieces:

First of all what is a SAN and a NAS (the typical storage solutions):
http://www.nas-san.com/differ.html

Good tutorial about raid configurations:
http://www.aaa-datarecovery.com/raid_tutorial.htm

SCSI protocol:
http://savage.net.au/Ron/html/scsi-tutorial.html

also you can read about iSCSI, FC (which are the media that wraps the SCSI).

and another good tutorial with lots of info about SANs (maybe closer to what you are looking for):
http://www.dothill.com/knowledge-base/san-tutorial.htm

please let me know if you need any more help.

Daniel.
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JerryJayAuthor Commented:
thanks tomerlei, those links are helpful, helps me to refresh lots of concepts. Let's say to be a qualified Storage Network expert, is there anything else I need to do other than knowing those concepts? I am in a situation - no eggs, no chicken, and no chicken, no eggs.

I don't have an environment for practice:(

Thanks,


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tomerleiCommented:
Well, practicing on real environments is the best way to become an expert, but without the practical hands-on on storage systems, I think knowing all the SCSI concepts (LUN, target, initiator etc...), RAID configurations (mirror, stripe, raid5 ...) and medias, for example what is an FC zone or WWN, what is iSCSI and how does it work.  -- is the closest you can get there.
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JerryJayAuthor Commented:
thanks tomerlei for your input. very helpful:)

Jerry
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