Course info
Dec 9, 2013
3h 19m

Storage and storage networking are becoming increasingly important to businesses of all shapes and sizes across the planet. And they will only continue to become more and more important in the future, as businesses and society in general are demanding more and more storage than ever. As a result, there is an increasing demand for IT professionals to be proficient with storage concepts and administering storage systems. This CompTIA Storage+ training course not only covers the objectives required for the CompTIA Storage+ exam, but also covers topics current and relevant in the real world, such as cloud storage and flash memory. This course is vendor-neutral and will train the student in topics ranging from disk drives and flash memory, through RAID, arrays, SANS, backup & recovery, object storage and cloud storage. If you're new to IT, or consider yourself a server or networking veteran, this course will bring you up to speed on the fundamental concepts of storage, as well as introduce you to the disruptive nature of technologies like cloud storage and flash memory.

About the author
About the author

Nigel is a Docker Captain and popular technology author. He is known for his engaging videos and books on cloud-native technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Getting Started With CompTIA Storage+ Exam Training
Hi, my name is Nigel Poulton, and I'll be your instructor for this CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA training course. In this brief introductory lesson, I'll give you a feel for what this course is about and the kind of topics that we'll cover. Right then, straight off the bat, this is a storage training course that lines up with and covers the topics required for the CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA exam, the aim being that by the end of the course, not only will you be ready to succeed in the increasingly important world of data storage, you'll also be equipped with the knowledge necessary to pass the CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA exam. So let's run quickly through the topics we'll be covering over the duration of the course.

The Mighty Disk Drive
In this lesson, we'll cover off all of the important information about hard disk drive technology, the intent being that by the end of the lesson you'll be an expert on the topic. Now while you might think that some of this information is basic, it is absolutely fundamental to any solid understanding of storage. And of course the topics that we cover will come up in the CompTIA Storage+ exam. So let's take a look.

RAID: Redundant Array of Independent Drives
Hi, and welcome to this lesson, RAID, Redundant Array of Independent Drives. I'm Nigel Poulton and I'll be your teacher for this lesson as we cover all things RAID and focus on the topics required for your CompTIA Storage+ exam. First up, what is RAID? Well, it's an acronym and depending on who you speak to and when you speak to them will determine what the acronym stands for. Now back in the day, it originally stood for Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks. Then when the disks involved stopped being inexpensive, we changed the acronym to be Redundant Array of Independent Disks, quite sneaky. Now today, when the media and the drives involved aren't necessarily spinning disk drives, maybe they're solid state flash drives, the acronym more properly translates to Redundant Array of Independent Drives. Anyway, RAID is the process of pooling together many physical drives and virtualizing their capacity and performance into logical drives. And as with all things that involve virtualization, there's a whole bunch of benefits that come with it, and we'll cover off these benefits throughout this lesson. So now we know what RAID is. A quick bit of history as to why we have it.