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Course Code: 18CS822
CIE Marks:40
Number of Contact Hours/Week: 3:0:0
SEE Marks: 60
Total Number of Contact Hours: 40
Exam Hours: 03

Course Learning Objectives: This course (18CS822) will enable students to:

  • Evaluate storage architectures,
  • Define backup, recovery, disaster recovery, business continuity, and replication
  • Examine emerging technologies including IP-SAN
  • Understand logical and physical components of a storage infrastructure
  • Identify components of managing and monitoring the data center
  • Define information security and identify different storage virtualization technologies

Module 1

Storage System: Introduction to Information Storage: Information Storage, Evolution of Storage Architecture, Data Center Infrastructure, Virtualization and Cloud Computing. Data Center Environment: Application Database Management System (DBMS), Host (Compute), Connectivity, Storage, Disk Drive Components,Disk Drive Performance, Host Access to Data, Direct-Attached Storage, Storage Design Based on Application
Textbook1 : Ch.1.1 to 1.4, Ch.2.1 to 2.10 RBT: L1, L2

Module 2

Data Protection - RAID : RAID Implementation Methods, RAID Array Components, RAID Techniques, RAID Levels, RAID Impact on Disk Performance, RAID Comparison. Intelligent Storage Systems : Components of an Intelligent Storage System, Types of Intelligent Storage Systems. Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks - Fibre Channel: Overview, The SAN and Its Evolution, Components of FC SAN.
Textbook1 : Ch.3.1 to 3.6, Ch. 4.1, 4.3, Ch. 5.1 to 5.3 RBT: L1, L2

Module 3

IP SAN and FCoE: iSCSI, FCIP, Network-Attached Storage: General-Purpose Servers versus NAS Devices,Benefi ts of NAS, File Systems and Network File Sharing, Components of NAS, NAS I/O Operation, NAS Implementations, NAS File-Sharing Protocols, Factors Affecting NAS Performance
Textbook1 : Ch.6.1, 6.2, Ch. 7.1 to 7.8 RBT: L1, L2

Module 4

Introduction to Business Continuity: Information Availability, BC Terminology, BC Planning Life Cycle, Failure Analysis, Business Impact Analysis, BC Technology Solutions, Backup and Archive: Backup Purpose, Backup Considerations, Backup Granularity, Recovery Considerations, Backup Methods, Backup Architecture, Backup and Restore Operations, Backup Topologies, Backup in NAS Environments
Textbook1: Ch.9.1 to 9.6, Ch. 10.1 to 10.9 RBT: L1, L2

Module 5

Local Replication: Replication Terminology, Uses of Local Replicas, Replica Consistency , Local Replication Technologies, Tracking Changes to Source and Replica, Restore and Restart Considerations, Creating Multiple Replicas. Remote Replication: Modes of Remote
Replication, Remote Replication Technologies. Securing the Storage Infrastructure: Information Security Framework, Risk Triad, Storage Security Domains. Security Implementations in Storage Networking
Textbook1 : Ch.11.1 to 11.7, Ch. 12.1, 12.2, Ch. 14.1 to 14.4
RBT: L1, L2

Course Outcomes: The student will be able to :

  • Identify key challenges in managing information and analyze different storage networking technologies and virtualization
  • Explain components and the implementation of NAS
  • Describe CAS architecture and types of archives and forms of virtualization
  • Illustrate the storage infrastructure and management activities

Question Paper Pattern:

  • The question paper will have ten questions.
  • Each full Question consisting of 20 marks
  • There will be 2 full questions (with a maximum of four sub questions) from each module.
  • Each full question will have sub questions covering all the topics under a module.
  • The students will have to answer 5 full questions, selecting one full question from each module.


1. EMC Education Services, “Information Storage and Management”, Wiley India Publications, 2009. ISBN: 9781118094839

Reference Books:

1. Paul Massiglia, Richard Barker, "Storage Area Network Essentials: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Implementating SANs Paperback", 1st Edition, Wiley India Publications, 2008