CN8826: Storage Networking


Course Overview

The course objective is to explore the design and configuration of intelligent storage systems interconnected in SAN infrastructure. The prevailing SAN configurations based on the Fibre Channel protocol will be studied in the context of Cisco Systems and Brocade implementations. Once the students have a good grasp of the fundamental storage technologies, the attention will be shifted to the advanced SAN traffic engineering and management topics. We will investigate the new SAN development trends driven by the data center virtualization and cloud computing, explore the storage and data networks relationship, and look into the storage virtualization techniques and performance objectives. The concepts covered in class will be reinforced with the laboratory exercises using Cisco, Brocade, Qlogic and EMC devices.


Course Prerequisites:  CN8810: Introduction to Computer Networks


William Zereneh




Course Topics and Laboratory Experiments

Fibre Channel SAN

  • Learning Fibre Channel protocol
  • Becoming familiar with Cisco MDS and Nexus 5k switches
  • NXOS features
  • Fibre Channel Addressing
  • VSANs, DPVM and Trunking
  • MDS Ports
  • BB_Credits
  • Port Channels
  • FSPF
  • FC Security Features
  • In Order Delivery (IOD)
  • Fabric Login
  • Generation 2,3 and 4 modules
  • Zoning
  • Enhanced Zoning
  • Interoperability
  • Management and AAA
  • RBAC
  • N Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
  • N Port Virtualization (NPV)


  • Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)
  • iSCSI
  • iSNS
  • iSCSI Security
  • IP QOS and High Availability Features

Unified Fabric SAN

  • NXOS Unified Fabric
  • FCoE
  • QOS
  • FCoE NPV
  • Multihop FCoE

Labs 1-6 


Recommended Texts

  • Storage Networking Protocol Fundamentals by James Long, Cisco Press, 2006, ISBN 1-58705-160-5
  • Designing Storage Area Networks: A Practical Reference for Implementing Fibre Channel and IP SANs , Second Edition by Tom Clark, Addison Wesley Professional, 2003, ISBN 0-321-13650-0
  • Storage Virtualization: Technologies for Simplifying Data Storage and Management by Tom Clark, Addison Wesley Professional, 2005, ISBN 0-321-26251-4
  • IP SANs: A Guide to iSCSI, iFCP, and FCIP Protocols for Storage Area Networks by Tom Clark, Addison Wesley Professional, 2001, ISBN 0-201-75277-8
  • Storage Networking Fundamentals: An Introduction to Storage Devices, Subsystems, Applications, Management, and Filing Systems by Marc Farley, Cisco Press, 2004, ISBN 1-58705-162-1
  • InfiniBand Network Architecture by MindShare, Inc. , Tom Shanley, Addison Wesley Professional, 2002 ISBN 0-321-11765-4
  • Information Storage and Management: Storing, Managing, and Protecting Digital Information by EMC, Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, 2009, ISBN 0470294213
  • Fibre Channel Bench Reference, Second Edition by Ralph O. Weber, Jeffrey D. Stai, ENDL Publications, 2005, ISBN-1879936186

Course Evaluation

Laboratory Assignments   10%
Mid-Term Test   35% (25% theory 10% lab)
Final Exam   55% (35% theory 20% lab)