SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Planning and Implementation Workshop (SNV10)

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About this Course

This course is designed to leverage SAN storage connectivity by integrating a layer of intelligence or virtualization, the SAN Volume Controller (SVC) to facilitate storage application data access independence from storage management functions and requirements. The focus is on planning and implementation tasks associated with integrating the SVC into the storage area network. It also explains how to:

  • Centralize storage provisioning to host servers from common storage pools.
  • Facilitate the coexistence and migration of data from non-virtualized to the virtualized environment.
  • Improve storage utilization effectiveness using Thin Provisioning and Real-time Compression
  • Implement storage tiering and optimize solid state drives (SSDs) or flash systems usage with Easy Tier
  • Utilize network-level storage subsystem-independent data replication services to satisfy backup and disaster recovery requirements

Audience Profile

This lecture and exercise-based course is for individuals who are assessing and planning to deploy networked storage virtualization solutions.

At Course Completion

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the benefit of implementing an SAN Volume Control (SVC) storage virtualization
  • Differentiate between the SVC 2145-DH8 model and the previous
  • generation SVC 2145 models
  • Create an implementation task list to integrate the SVC system solution
  • Establish zoning policies to enable device access and facilitate storage provisioning between the SVC, native disk storage, and host servers
  • Utilize the SVC GUI and CLI commands to monitor, manage, and configure an SVC system environment
  • Assess issues related to coexistence between the SVC and native disk storage access across host servers
  • Migrate existing data to the virtualized SVC system environment
  • Implement SVC storage efficiency solutions including Easy Tier, Thin Provisioning, Volume Mirroring, and Real-time Compression
  • Implement data replication services including FlashCopy and Remote
  • Copy


This lecture and exercise-based course is for individuals who are assessing and planning to deploy networked storage virtualization solutions.


Course Outline

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1: Introduction to SAN Volume Controller Unit 2: SVC planning and cluster initialization Unit 3: SVC storage provisioning
  • Exercise 1: SVC system initialization Exercise 2: SVC system configuration
  • Exercise 3: Examine back-end storage system

Day 2

  • Review
  • Unit 4: SVC host access
  • Exercise 4: SVC storage provisioning
  • Exercise 5: Access storage from Windows and AIX Unit 5: SVC enhanced features
  • Exercise 6: Thin Provisioning and Volume Mirroring Exercise 7: Storage access and SDD path selection

Day 3

  • Review
  • Unit 6: SVC data migration Exercise 8: SVC data migration
  • Exercise 9: Migrate existing data: Migration Wizard Exercise 10: Migrate existing data: Import Wizard
  • Unit 7: SVC Copy Services: FlashCopy and Remote Copy Exercise 11: SVCscripting and I/O group modification
  • Exercise 12: Real-time Compression and the IBM Comprestimator

Day 4

  • Review
  • Unit 8: SVC administrative management
  • Exercise 13: SVC FlashCopy and consistency groups
  • Exercise 14: Assign user roles and access