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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Network Attached Storage Introduction

What is NAS (Network Attached Storage)

In a NAS architecture, corporate information resides in a storage system that is attached to a dedicated server, which in turn is directly connected to a network, and uses a common communications protocol, such as TCP/IP. In a corporate IT infrastructure, the NAS operates as a server in a typical client/server environment. The NAS is connected to a network by standard connectivity options such as Ethernet, FDDI and ATM. In some cases, a single specialized NAS server can have up to 30 Ethernet connections.

A NAS server (a processor with an operating system) is necessary in order to transfer the data between it and the NAS storage device, and then move the data on to the corporate network. This is done via traditional file I/O protocol. The most common of these protocols are Network File System (NFS) and Common Internet File Service (CIFS).

NFS was originally developed by Sun Microsystems and is now part of the Open Network Computing (ONC) initiative. It is the most common file access protocol to access shared files in a UNIX environment. CIFS is a file access protocol designed for the Internet, and based on the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol used by the Microsoft Windows operating system. CIFS does not replace the use of NFS, but rather complements it, because of its ability to provide synchronization between client and server.

Although a NAS with NFS can be implemented on readily available tightly-coupled server and disk storage arrays, there are actually only three (3) major vendors that currently have a large marketshare of the NAS marketspace. They are: Network Appliance (also known as NetApps), Auspex Systems, and Sun Microsystems. Both NetApps and Auspex use proprietary tightly integrated servers and storage devices. In the majority of cases, the Sun implementation uses a dedicated Sun server, and typically connected to external Sun storage; although any external storage that is certified to be connected to a Sun server can also be used. However, this is not the case with NetApps or Auspex, as additional storage requirements must be acquired from the respective NAS vendor.

The NAS server permits multiple clients to share files, since clients can access files as if they were local files, with the exception that they must be accessed over a network. In this way, common files can be maintained in a central location, and accessed by many clients, which eliminates the need for multiple copies of files on multiple client systems. In addition, this improves data integrity, data security and reduces costly duplication of files. Major applications that benefit from the use of NAS to share large amounts of information include CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing), document management, imaging as well as other similar application serving environments.


Because data travels over the network, NAS is not always suitable for applications such as data warehouses and On-Line Transaction Processing (OLTP), since these applications need to sustain high I/O data rates with little, or no degradation in response times to the clients.

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Here are some real informative Videos on Network attached Storage & some more interview questions on NAS.

Some of the more general yet essential interview questions on NAS are:
1.What is NAS?
2.When NAS is a better solution as a storage requirement?
3.Whats the difference between NAS & SAN ?
4.What are the advantages & Disadvantages of NAS ?
5.How can a NAS implementation be improved over performance ?
6.Mention some case study on NAS implementation ?
7. Is it possible to setup a NAS using very basic PC equipment ?
8. Which are the best NAS vendors & what are their focu products?
9. How NAS-DAS-SAN differ ?
10. Can u explain a NAS Gateway in detail ?

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Friday, December 29, 2006

Answers to Interview Questions on Veritas Volume Manager

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Thanks to Ashish Pathak for all the questions and also answers to Interview questions on Veritas Volume Manager.

# Name the mandatory disk group in VxVM 3.5 ? How will you configure VxVM in 3.5 ?
ANS: rootdg is the mandatory disk group in VxVM 3.5, vxinstall is the command to configure VxVM, It will create the disk groups, initializes the disks and adds them to the group.

# How will you create private and shared disk group using VxVM ?
ANS: For Private DG:
Command: vxdg init

For Shared DG:
Command: vxdg -s init < disk1 disk2 disk3 >

# Which are the different layouts for volumes in VxVM ?
ANS: mirror, stripe, concat (default one), raid5, stripe-mirror, mirror-stripe.

# What is the basic difference between private disk group and shared disk group ?
ANS: Private DG: The DG which is only visible for the host on which you have created it, if the host is a part of cluster, the private DG will not be visible to the other cluster nodes.
Shared DG: The DG which is sharable and visible to the other cluster nodes.

# How will you add new disk to the existing disk group ?
ANS: Run vxdiskadm command, which will open menu driven program to do various disk operations, select add disks option or you can use another command vxdiskadd.

# How will you grow/shrink the volume/file system ? What is the meaning of growby and growto options ? What is the meaning on shrinkto and shrinkby options ?
ANS: vxassist command is used to do all volume administration, following is the description and syntax.

Growby option: This is will grow your file system by adding new size to the existing file system.

Growto option: This will grow your file system as per the new size. This WILL NOT ADD new size to the existing one.

Shrinkby option: This will shrink your file system by reducing new size from existing file system.

Shrinkto option: This will shrink your file system as per the new size. This WILL NOT REDUCE the file system by reducing new size.

Command:
vxassist -g [growto, growby, shrinkto, shrinkby] length

# How will you setup and unsetup disks explicitly using VxVM ?
ANS: You can use /etc/vx/bin/vxdiskunsetup to unsetup the disk, and /etc/vx/vxdisksetup to setup the disk.

# How will you list the disks, which are in different disk groups ?
ANS: vxdisk list is the command will list the disks from the DG which is currently imported, you can check the same using vxprint command too. vxdisk -o alldgs list command list all the disks which are in different dg's.

# What is the private region in VxVM ?
ANS: Private region stores the structured VxVM information, it also stores the disk ID and disk geometry. In short words it has metadata of the disk.

# If, vxdisk list command gives you disks status as "error", what steps you will follow to make the respective disks online ?
ANS: If you faced this issue because of fabric disconnection then simply do vxdisk scandisks, otherwise unsetup the disk using using /etc/vx/bin/vxdiskunsetup and setup the disks again using /etc/vx/bin/vxdisksetup, this will definitely help! [ /etc/vx/bin/vxdiskunsetup will remove the private region from the disk and destroys data, backup the data before using this option]

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Interview questions on Veritas Volume Manager

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Some good questions on VERITAS Volume Manager. Before asking these questions make sure that candidate is familiar with LVM or VxVM and knows the benefits of these tools over traditional partitioning/file system.

1. Name the mandatory disk group in VxVM 3.5 ? How will configure VxVM in 3.5 ?
2. How will you create private and shared disk group using VxVM ?
3. Which are the different layouts for volumes in VxVM ?
4. What is the basic difference between private disk group and shared disk group ?
5. How will you add new disk to the existing disk group ?
6. How will grow/shrink the volume/file system ? What is the meaning of growby and growto options ? What is the meaning on shrinkto and shrinkby options ?
7. How will you setup and unsetup disks explicitly using VxVM ?
8. How will list the disks, which are in different disk groups ?
9. What is private region in VxVM ?
10. If, vxdisk list command gives you disks status as "error", what steps you will follow to make the respective disks online ?

These are some questions which I feel every storage professional should know. Please let me know if these are useful, answers will be posted in coming posts.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Storage Area Networking Jobs Interview Questions

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Fibre Channel Network Adapter Card
(Host Bus Adapter- HBA)

Fibre Channel Cable

FC Cable in comparison with a Serial DB9 Cable

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1)What is the most critical component in SAN?
2)What is the default id for SCSI HBA?
3)What is parallelism?
4)What do you know about SAN testing?
5)Explain a typical SAN landscape?
6)What is fan-in and fan-out in SAN Virtualization system?
7)How is the interoperability between the server and the storage is achieved?
8)What are the performance metrics of SAN?
9)What do you know about I/O meters , their types and how are the used?
10)What is the equivalent of Address resolution protocol in storage?
11)What is meant by availability & reliability in Storage ?
12)What is Disaster Recovery & how it is implemented in a Storage environment?
13)Example for failover cluster configurations ?
14)What are the needs/advantages of Storage consolidation ?

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Some more interview questions contributed by Jai
51) What is one of the constrains of using storage switch?
Latency

52) What is the difference between NAS and SAN?

NAS
Cables used in the n/w
n/w protocols (TCP/IP, IPx) and file sharing protocols (IFS & NFS)
Lower TCO
Support heterogeneous clients
Slow

SAN
High-speed connectivity such as FC
Do not use n/w protocols because data request are not made over LAN
Higher TCO
Requires special s/w to provide access to heterogeneous clients
Fast

53) What is Jitter?
Jitter refers to any deviation in timing that a bit stream suffers as it traverses the physical medium and the circuitry on-board the end devices. A certain amount of deviation from the original signaling will occur naturally as serial bit stream propagates over fibre-optic or copper cabling.

Mainly caused by electro magnetic interference

54) What is BER/Bit error rate?
Probability that a transmitted bit will be erroneously received is the measure of number of bits (erroneous) at the output of the receiver and dividing by the total number of bits in transmission.

55) What is WWPN?
WWPN is the 16bit character that is assigned to the port, SAN volume controller uses it to uniquely identify the fibre channel HBA that is installed in the host system.

56) What is connection allegiance?
Given multiple connections are established, individual command/response pair must flow over the same connection. This connection allegiance ensures that specific read or writes commands are fulfilled without the additional overhead of monitoring multiple connections and to see whether a particular request is completed.

57) What is burst Length?
The burst length is the number of bytes that the SCSI initiator sends to the SCSI target in the FCP_DATA sequence.

58) Explain different types of RAID?
RAID 0: data striping blocks are written sequentially, no redundancy, high performance than single disk access.

RAID 1: Mirroring, data blocks written to both disk at once, 100% redundancy, 100% additional capacity required. Read can be distributed across both the disks to increase performance.

RAID 3: Striping with byte parity, adds parity information to rebuild data in the event of disk failure, high transfer rate and availability with lower capacity required than RAID 1. Transactions performance low because all disks operate in lock step.

RAID 4: striping with block parity, independently accessible disks, data blocks written sequentially to each disk failure. Dedicated parity disk is write bottleneck and leads to poor performance.

RAID 5: Striping with rotational parity, parity blocks written per row and distributed across all disks, parity distribution eliminates single write bottleneck overhead for parity calculation on write supplemented with parallel microprocessors or caching.

59) What is NAS in detail ?
NAS or Network Attached Storage
“NAS is used to refer to storage elements that connect to a network and provide file
access services to computer systems. Abbreviated NAS. A NAS Storage Element consists of an interface or engine, which implements the file services, and one or more devices, on which data is stored.
NAS elements may be attached to any type of network. When attached to SANs, NAS elements may be considered to be members of the SAS (SAN Attached Storage) class of storage elements.

A class of systems that provide file services to host computers. A host system that uses network attached storage uses a file system device driver to access data using file access protocols such as NFS or CIFS. NAS systems interpret these commands and perform the internal file and device I/O operations necessary to execute them.”

Though the NAS does speed up bulk transfers, it does not offload the LAN like a SAN does. Most storage devices cannot just plug into gigabit Ethernet and be shared - this requires a specialized file server the variety of supported devices is more limited.NAS has various protocols established for such needed features as discovery, access control, and name services.

60)Briefly list the advantages of SAN ?
SANs fully exploit high-performance, highconnectivity network technologies
SANs expand easily to keep pace with fast growing storage needs
SANs allow any server to access any data
SANs help centralize management of storage resources
SANs reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)

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Some more interview questions are listed below
40) What is Exchange in FC(Fibre Channel)?
Exchange is to establish a relationship between 2 N_PORTs and then these two ports transfer data via one or more sequence within this relationship.
Example: Exchange exist to transfer the command, data and the status of one SCSI task

41) Why do we need Login in FC?
Port Login: To exchange service parameters between N_Ports and N_Ports
Process Login: To establish the SCSI operating environment between two N_PORTS

42) What are the different types of clusters?
a) High availability clusters
b) High Performance Clusters
c) Load Balancing Clusters.

43) What are three levels of management in storage?
a) Storage Level Management
b) Network Level Management
c) Enterprise Level Management.

44) What are the key activities in SAN management?
a) Monitoring
b) Configuring
c) Controlling
d) Troubleshooting
e) Diagnosing

45) What is the difference between HBA and NIC?
HBA => Host bus adapters are used in storage based traffic while NIC (Network Interface Cards are used in IP based LAN traffic.

46) What is the measuring unit of data activity?
Gigabits per hour

47) What are the basic storage policies?
a) Security and authentication
b) Capacity, Content and quota management
c) Quality of Service

48) What is bypass circuitry?
A circuit that automatically removes the storage device from the data path (FC device out of FC AL loop) when signaling is lost (this signal is called port by-pass signal).

49) Explain different classes of service in FC?
Class 1: dedicated connection between two communicators with acknowledgement of frame delivery.
Class 2: is connection less but provides acknowledgement
Class 3: is connection less and provides no notification of delivery
Class 4: allows fractional bandwidth for virtual circuits
Class 5: Provides multicast with acknowledgment
Class F: Is used for switch to switch communication in the fabric.

50) How many connections are possible in Fabric topology?
2^24 (24 bit address to the port) , and the largest possible fabric will have 239 interconnected switches.

More than 40 interview questions on storage,san,nas,FC:Thanks Jai for this contribution

I want to thank Jai one of our blog reader who has contributed more than 58 interview questions from his experience of attending real storage interviews.

In the last 2 posts we had more than 30 interview questions posted which can be accessed through the below links
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Here you get 10 more interview questions for storage area networking
31) What are tow types of recording techniques on the tapes?
a) Linear Recording
b) Helical Scan Recording.

32) What is snap shot?
A snapshot of data object contains an image of data at a particular point of time.

33) What is HSM?
Hierarchical storage management, an application that attempts to match the priority of data with the cost of storage.

34) What is hot-swapping?
Devices are allowed to be removed and inserted into a system without turning off the system.

35) What is Hot-Sparing?
A spare device is available to be inserted into the subsystem operation without having to remove and replace a device.

36) What are different types of backup system?
a) Offline
b) Online
c) Near Line

37) What is the different between mirroring, Routing and multipathing?

Redundancy Functions Relationships Role
Mirroring Generates 2 i/os to 2 storage targets Creates 2 copies of data
Routing Determined by switches independent of SCSI Recreates n/w route after a failure
Multipathing Two initiator to one target Selects the LUN initiator pair to use

38) Name few types of Tape storage?
a) Digital Linear Tape
b) Advanced Intelligent Tape
c) Linear Tape Open

39) What is a sequence in FC?
Group of one or more frames that encompasses one or more “information units” of a upper layer protocol.

Example:
It requires
i) One sequence to transfer the command
ii) One or more sequence to transfer the data
iii) Once sequence to transfer the status.

40) What is Exchange in FC?
Exchange is to establish a relationship between 2 N_PORTs and then these two ports transfer data via one or more sequence within this relationship.
Example: Exchange exist to transfer the command, data and the status of one SCSI task

Networking (Storage) interview questions contributed by Jai(series 2)

Continuing the previous posting here some more interview questions contributed by our blog reader Jai.
More than 20 real storage job interview questions were posted in the previous post.

21) What is the purpose of disk array?
Probability of unavailability of data stored on the disk array due to single point failure is totally eliminated.

22) What is disk array?
Set of high performance storage disks that can store several terabytes of data. Single disk array can support multiple points of connection to the network.

23) What is virtualization?
A technique of hiding the physical characteristics of computer resources from the way in which other system application or end user interact with those resources. Aggregation, spanning or concatenation of the combined multiple resources into larger resource pools.

24) What is Multipath I/O?
Fault tolerant technique where by there is more than one physical path between the CPU in the computer systems and its main storage devices through the buses, controllers, switches and other bridge devices connecting them.

25) What is RAID?
Technology that groups several physical drives in a computer into an array that you can define as one or more logical drive. Each logical drive appears to the operating system as single drive. This grouping enhances the performance of the logical drive beyond the physical capability of the drives.

26) What is stripe-unit-size?
It is data distribution scheme that complement s the way operating system request data. Granularity at which data is stored on one drive of the array before subsequent data is stored on the next drive of the array. Stripe unit size should be close to the size of the system I/O request.

27) What is LUN Masking?
A method used to create an exclusive storage area and access control. And this can be achieved bye storage device control program.

28) What is the smallest unit of information transfer in FC?
Frame

29) How is the capacity of the HDD calculated?
Number of Heads X Number of Cylinders X Sectors per track X Sector Size

30) What is bad block reallocation?
A bad sector is remapped or reallocated to good spare block and this information is stored in the internal table on the hard disk drive. The bad blocks are identified during the media test of the HDD as well as during various types of read write operations performed during the I/O tests. Apart from the new generation of HDD comes with a technology called BGMS (background media scan) which continuously scans the HDD media for defects and maps them when the drive is idle (this is performed after the HDD is attached to the system).

Real Interview Questions contributed by blog reader Jai

Hearty thanks to this blog's reader Jai who has contributed more than 58 interview questions from his experience of attending interviews for real company jobs.

I will be posting these questions in the subsequent blog postings - I rally appreciate his initiative and would request all other professionals or whoever - who have the knowledge to share it with the community and help the jobseekers.

1) What is the difference between RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 5?

RAID 0 => Plain striping typically with 24kb, 54kb or 128kb stripe size
RAID 1 => Mirroring
RAID 5 => Stripping with parity

2) Describe in brief the composition of FC Frame?
Start of the Frame locator
Frame header (includes destination id and source id, 24 bytes/6 words)
Data Payload (encapsulate SCSI instruction can be 0-2112 bytes in length)
CRC (error checking, 4 bytes)
End of Frame (1 byte)

3) What is storage virtualization?
Storage virtualization is amalgamation of multiple n/w storage devices into single storage unit.

4) What are the protocols used in physical/datalink and network layer of SAN?
a) Ethernet
b) SCSI
c) Fibre Channel

5) What are the types of disk array used in SAN?
a) JBOD
b) RAID

6) What are different types of protocols used in transportation and session layers of SAN?
a) Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP)
b) Internet SCSI (iSCSI)
c) Fibre Channel IP (FCIP)

7) What is the type of Encoding used in Fibre Channel?
8b/10b, as the encoding technique is able to detect all most all the bit errors

8) How many classes of service are available in Fibre Channel?
7 Classes of service

9) What are the main constrains of SCSI in storage networking?
a) Deployment distance (max. of 25 mts)
b) Number of devices that can be interconnected (16)

10) What is a Fabric?
Interconnection of Fibre Channel Switches

11) What are the services provided by Fabric to all the nodes?
a) Fabric Login
b) SNS
c) Fabric Address Notification
d) Registered state change notification
e) Broadcast Servers

12) What is the difference between LUN and WWN?
LUN: unique number that is assigned to each storage device or partition of the storage that the storage can support.
WWN: 64bit address that is hard coded into a fibre channel HBA and this is used to identify individual port (N_Port or F_Port) in the fabric.

13) What are the different topologies in Fibre Channel?
a) Point-to-Point
b) Arbitrary Loop
c) Switched Fabric Loop

14) What are the layers of Fibre Channel Protocol?
a) FC Physical Media
b) FC Encoder and Decoder
c) FC Framing and Flow control
d) FC Common Services
e) FC Upper Level Protocol Mapping

15) What is zoning?
Fabric management service that can be used to create logical subsets of devices within a SAN. This enables portioning of resources for management and access control purpose.

16) What are the two major classification of zoning?
Two types of zoning are
a) Software Zoning
b) Hardware Zoning

17) What are different levels of zoning?
a) Port Level zoning
b) WWN Level zoning
c) Device Level zoning
d) Protocol Level zoning
e) LUN Level zoning


18) What are the 3 prominent characteristics of SAS Protocol?
a) Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
b) Port Multiplier
c) Port Selector

19) What are the 5 states of Arbitrary Loop in FC?
a) Loop Initialization
b) Loop Monitoring
c) Loop arbitration
d) Open Loop
e) Close Loop

20) How does FC Switch maintain the addresses?
FC Switch uses simple name server to maintain the mapping table

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Career in storage technology requires hardwork and dedication

If You are a Jobhunter & are planning to build your Career in Storage - know this first You Need to be dedicated , hard working and little guidance thats all it needs.

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High Availability in Storage why is it so important

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HA is the process of making sure your system whether it is a Single critical production server or a cluster of servers with the interconnecting network is Highly Available, round the clock 24 Hours X 7 days X 365 days usually referred as 24X7 HA.

An integral part of building large-scale, mission-critical systems that your business and your users can rely on is to ensure that no single point of failure can render a
server or network unavailable. There are several types of failures you must plan against to keep your system highly available.

Storage failures
There are many ways to protect against failures of individual storage devices using techniques such as Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID). Hardware solutions that support many different types of hardware redundancy for storage devices, allowing devices as well as individual components in the storage controller itself to be exchanged without losing access to the data. Software solutions also provide similar capabilities of storage redundancy.

Courtesy: Zibiz.com : Zistor Business continuity system


Network failures
There are many components to a computer network, and there are many typical network topologies that provide highly available connectivity. All types of networks need to be considered, including client access networks and management networks. In storage area networks (SANs), failures might include the storage fabrics that link the computers to the storage units.

Courtesy: ICANN.org : Database Operations (Storage Failure)


Computer or Server failures
Many enterprise-level server platforms provide redundancy inside the computer itself, such as through redundant power supplies and fans. Vendors allow components such as peripheral component interconnect (PCI) cards and memory to be swapped in and out without removing the computer from service. In cases where a computer fails or needs to be taken out of service for routine maintenance or upgrades, clustering provides redundancy to enable applications or services to continue. This redundancy happens automatically in clustering, either through failover of the application (transferring client requests from one computer to another) or by having multiple instances of the same application available for client requests.

Courtesy: Falconstor.com : Nearline Storage to Maximize Availability in a Data Center


Site failures
In extreme cases, a complete site can fail due to a total power loss, a natural disaster, or other unusual occurrences. More and more businesses are recognizing the value of deploying mission-critical solutions across multiple geographically dispersed sites. For disaster tolerance, a data center’s hardware, applications, and data can be duplicated at one or more geographically remote sites. If one site fails, the other sites continue offering service until the failed site is repaired. Sites can be active-active, where all sites carry some of the load, or active-passive, where one or more sites are on standby.

Plz keep coming back because this blog will be updated daily twice for more information on Storage area networking or Simply Storage jobs information.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Storage Area Networking Blog Contest - You Can Win

You Can Easily Win this Contest Because the contest is Simple

1. Write anything about Storage technology and send it to roger.smithson@gmail.com

Whats the Prize - Are you sure I can win :
1. 10 Top Storage Related Tutorials in PDF or DOC format will be emailed to you within 12 hours of your submission .
2. I will rewrite your Resume to make it more powerful to get you Interviews,Better pay and a Career Boost .
3. I will Guide you through emails for your Career progress .
4. Access to Storage Technology Video links which are not yet posted on this blog .

Your article will be posted on this blog after necessary modifications & You are helping a community of Job seekers by sharing the information.

You Can write about your experience with interviews, share some interview questions as well as interview tips, write about your experience with some of storage products or softwares , write about companies ,even feedback about this blog etc.

BUT MAKE SURE THAT U ARE SUBMITTING ORIGINAL CONTENT & NOT DUPLICATE FROM THE WEB OR ANYWHERE ELSE

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

This post is about "You" - How can I Help You Get That Job

This Blog is focussed on Helping You get a Job in Storage domain.

Till now I have written more than 23 posts about storage technology, interview tips, interview questions , how you can prepare , what are the job opportunities etc

But today I want to write about YOU.

I want to know from YOU
- What you would like to see on this blog
- What helps you get that Job you are aiming
- What is the information you are looking for
- What are the outlines or topics you want me to write about

Also can YOU tell me
- How you felt reading this blog
- What was bad and what was good
- What can be improved ( I know navigation is bad :(

Is there anyway YOU can contribute
- I know many people who visit this blog have quite a good experience , knowledge & many more things which they can share

Please write to me roger.smithson@gmail.com & I will reply you within 12 Hours. Thanks for taking time to read this blog.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Storage area networking Tutorial

Storage Types :

DAS : Direct Attached Storage : Server (or host)is directly connected to storage.


NAS : Network Attached Storage : NAS is essentially a file server which is connected to storage thru some network interface using widely supported IP protocols. NFS,CIFS are supported.


SAN : Storage Area Networking : Storage networks that connect multiple hosts through a switched fabric such as Fibre Channel or iSCSI.SAN is configured with multiple switches and multiple server Host Bus Adapters (HBA) to create a high-availability storage configuration and various RAID solutions are used to protect data at the disk level.


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Though many of Job hunters have good knowledge about DAS,NAS,SAN usually while answering some of the basic interview questions like

1. Differentiate between DAS-NAS-SAN
2. When NAS is a better option than DAS
3. When SAN is a better option than NAS
4. What are the advantages & disadvantages of each of these product types
(Above are Real Questions asked in a recent interview in one of the Storage test job interview)

Some more interview questions with brief answers

1. Name some of the SAN topologies
point-topoint,arbitrated loop, and switched fabric topologies

2. Whats the need for separate network for storage why LAN can not be used?
LAN hardware and operating systems are geared to user traffic, and LANs are tuned for a fast user response to messaging requests.
With a SAN, the storage units can be secured separately from the servers and totally apart from the user network enhancing storage access in data blocks(bulk data transfers), advantageuos for serverless backups.

3. What are the advantages of RAID ?
“Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks”
Depending on how we configure the array, we can have the
- data mirrored [RAID 0] (duplicate copies on separate drives)
- striped [RAID 1] (interleaved across several drives), or
- parity protected [RAID 5](extra data written to identify errors).
These can be used in combination to delier the balance of performance and reliability that the user requires.


4. When JBOD's are used ?
“Just a Bunch of Disks”
It is a collection of disks that share a common connection to the server, but don’t include the mirroring,
striping, or parity facilities that RAID systems do, but these capabilities are available with host-based software.

5. Differentiate RAID & JBOD ?

RAID: “Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks”
Fault-tolerant grouping of disks that server sees as a single disk volume
Combination of parity-checking, mirroring, striping
Self-contained, manageable unit of storage

JBOD: “Just a Bunch of Disks”
Drives independently attached to the I/O channel
Scaleable, but requires server to manage multiple volumes
Do not provide protection in case of drive failure

6. What is a HBA ?
Host bus adapters (HBAs) are needed to connect the server(host) to the storage.

SATA - Serial ATA Controllers Video Review


RAID (Redundant Array of Independendt Disks) Controller Review Video


7. What are the advantages of SAN ?

Massively extended scalability
Greatly enhanced device connectivity
Storage consolidation
LAN-free backup
Serverless (active-fabric) backup
Server clustering
Heterogeneous data sharing
Disaster recovery - Remote mirroring
While answering people do NOT portray clearly what they mean & what advantages each of them have, which are cost effective & which are to be used for the client's requirements.

Please focus on having your fundamentals STRONG & PERFECT.
Write to me roger.smithson@gmail.com to get more interview questions for storage jobs

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

storage area networking - real company interviews & jobs

SEND AN EMAIL TO roger.smithson@gmail.com & recieve a FREE FULL FEATURED SAN Tutorial Guide.pdf with more than 124 pages . Boost for a Career in Storage.
Index of all postings till date.
Virtual Tour of Cisco Production Data Center,San Jose,California

1.Job requirements for SAN/storage jobs
2. Your Resume completely improvised - See how I can help you boost your Resume
3. STRATEGY: Getting a High paying Storage JOB
4. Live SAN Company interview questions
5. Storage jobs interview questions & answers - Series 1
6. SAN jobs interview questions - Series 2
7. Storage job interview - How will be a Real Job Interview
8. What is Storage area network - Technical terms Explained
9. Regular day in a Storage Professionals Office Life
10. How can I get entry into a Storage Area Networking Job ?
11. Storage jobs Salary structure - How much they pay
12. Storage job questions - for a starter
13. SAN jobs or Storage Area Network Jobs - How You Can Get
14. Comments on Storage jobs blog are very much appreciated
15. Job Requirements & Expectations for Storage/SAN jobs

Cisco Catalyst switches and are they expensive

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches & 3600 MultiService switches



See Next Images & Description in Next Page

Write to me roger.smithson@gmail.com & I can send u a detailed pdf on Cisco switches because they need huge PDF's to understand. I really appreciate the amount of time Cisco OCC(Operational Control Center) guys spend configuring, fixing ,troubleshooting these highly complex switches ,director level switches & routers.

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Storage Switches in Cisco Central Network Lab

Storage switches


Stacks of storage switches from Cisco which are used to monitor more than 5000 network nodes - network redundancy as well as high availability is built into these enterprise level storage switches

See Next Images & Description in Next Page

Data Center Real Cisco Virtual Tour : Modems

Enterprise Switches & Network Modem's



This is Cisco's Production Central Lab from where they connect & control ( Monitor as well as Manage) more than 40 data centers around the globe & these modems & network switches are the crucial links for this.

Index of all postings till date.
Virtual Tour of Cisco Production Data Center,San Jose,California

1.Job requirements for SAN/storage jobs
2. Your Resume completely improvised - See how I can help you boost your Resume
3. STRATEGY: Getting a High paying Storage JOB
4. Live SAN Company interview questions
5. Storage jobs interview questions & answers - Series 1
6. SAN jobs interview questions - Series 2
7. Storage job interview - How will be a Real Job Interview
8. What is Storage area network - Technical terms Explained
9. Regular day in a Storage Professionals Office Life
10. How can I get entry into a Storage Area Networking Job ?
11. Storage jobs Salary structure - How much they pay
12. Storage job questions - for a starter
13. SAN jobs or Storage Area Network Jobs - How You Can Get
14. Comments on Storage jobs blog are very much appreciated
15. Job Requirements & Expectations for Storage/SAN jobs

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Cisco data center -You should have a look inside

After going thru this brief Virtual Tour of Cisco's Data Center do emailme roger.smithson@gmail.com whether you want to see more such posts or not.

Cisco production data center,San Jose,California.

Talks on data center environment & management practices describers servers,STORAGE,network & also on how
Cisco IT staffs,monitors,performs change management. - How datacenter is designed to be accessible inspite of Network or Power outages or other calamities.

This tour is from the file www.cisco.com/web/about/ciscoitatwork/downloads/ciscoitatwork/pdf/Cisco_IT_Data_Center_Tour.pdf?pcontent=dc_us&pagename=Tour%20the%20Cisco%20Data%20Center%20and%20Operations%20Control%20Center
its posted here since many people can benefit from reading this content.

This data center has all intranet systems,ERP systems & all other internal applications & databases the Cisco employees use.There's a second production data center 2 miles from this one which hosts Cisco.com website.The below are the other data centers
North Carolina DC[Data Center] - for Disaster Recovery.
Amsterdam - Hosts apps & DB's to support data for Europe,Mid East,Africa(EMEA)
Sydney(Australia) - Hosts data for Asia & Pacific (APAC)
Above 5 are Cisco's main DC's. it also has 40+ DC's for development envi. all of these scattered across 11 countries & 10 time zones.












2. Your Resume completely improvised - See how I can help you boost your Resume

Friday, November 24, 2006

Storage job openings in a High Paying Network Company

Almost all SAN companies now are in a huge Recruitment drive & sadly there are not enough storage professionals available to fulfill such an exponential demand for real SAN/NAS/Storage experienced techies. So companies are left with no choice but to hire someone from System admin or Network admin or Security admin background & give him little training -then he will be assigned SAN or Storage related job.

Read this blogpost on What are the tasks of a SAN professional- How will be a day in his office life?

Find below a Real Job Requirement for one of the Fortune 100 Storage company
[I was amazed at how big the expectation is & whether they are hiring a single guy or plan to hire a team of some 20 to 30 techies - The SALARY is BIG yes its more than $94,622 [US $] Per annum & there are perks too ]. Cant reveal the company's name but almost all storage companies have some or the other similar job requirements. So get started & pull yourself upto their expectations.

Experience: 2 to 5 years
Work Location: Santa Clara ,USA

Job Profile:

Infrastructure Analyst (Solaris Admin / Linux Admin / Windows 2003 Admin)
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Technical Skills and Experiences
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System administrator knowledge and demonstrated skills for a minimum of Solaris 10 (SPARC), or Solaris 10 (x86), or Red Hat Linux 4.0, or Windows 2003 Server.
Engineering or computer science educational qualifications.
At least 2 years of performing system administrator duties.
Diverse and in depth knowledge of the following storage technologies:
Locally attached disc drives (RAID 1 mirroring)
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Storage Area Networks (SAN)
Diverse and in depth knowledge of the following network technologies:
TCP/IP
HTTP and HTTPS
Infiniband (a plus, but not required)
Has a broad understanding and experience in server hardware and server components
Network Interface Cards (NIC)
Host Bus Adapters (HBA)
Host Channel Adapter (HCA, this is a plus, but not required)
Single versus dual core processors
X86 or x64 or SPARC platforms
Server Blade experience is a plus, but not required
System management (onboard and out of band support)

Profile
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Collaborates with the Product Engineers and Capability Engineers to develop test plans, test cases and testing scripts.
Executes the test plans and documents the results.
Collaborates with the Project Managers to create project related Issues and Risks.
Facilitates the root cause analysis of the engineering defects and produces revised testing plans, test cases and test scripts to mitigate the problems.
Produces metrics that feed into the overall Global Engineering Quality Management System .

The following server virtualization technologies are a plus, but not required

VMWare
Vframe
Virtual Server
Solaris 10 Containers
Xen

The following database technologies are a plus, but not required

SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005
Oracle 9i, Oracle 10g, Oracle RAC

The following cluster technologies are a plus, but not required

Sun Cluster
Microsoft Cluster
Veritas Cluster
Oracle CRS

The following testing products are a plus, but not required

Mercury’s Test Director
Mercury’s WinRunner
Mercury’s LoadRunner

The following scripting languages are a plus, but not required

Opsware Intelligent Software Module
Java script
Shell
VB Script
Command Line
Perl
C++, C#

Has an understanding of ITIL Service Management and ITIL ICTIM.

END OF JOB REQUIREMENT DESCRIPTION

It Costs only $240 to get a Dedicated Guidance & To help you Build Your Career.

If you are planning to Get a Job in this Highest Paying IT industry
If you want to build a Strong base in Storage Technology
If you want to Build a Strong Resume which attract lots of Interviews
If you want to clear Interviews & Get Offer Letters with a High Salary in Storage

Dont worry guys I will have lots of updates in my blog within next few days which will give lots of resources for you to be proficient in each of these technologies.

Why not Take a Look at some of the COOL STORAGE / SAN related Videos given in each of below links ::
Storage Resume or System Administration Resume

1.What is SAN ?

2.What are the JOB opportunities in SAN ?
3.Which are the companies in SAN and How much they pay ?
4.How Can I Enter SAN industry ?
5.What are the tasks of a SAN professional- How will be a day in his office life?
6.How will be a SAN job interview ?
7.SAN or Storage engineer position - Interview questions : Series1
8.Real SAN Interview questions with answers: Series2
9.Answers for SAN interview questions Series1.
10.Tell me about some Job Openings in SAN or Storage industry?
11.Do You Want to see an Enterprise SAN infrastructure - Thanks to Dell - Watch this informative Video - See a High End Lab


Google TechTalk VIDEO : Becoming a Software Testing Expert



Open Source event VIDEO

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

How to get an offer Letter with a big Salary in Storage industry

Video of Blade Servers for Storage from SunMicrosystems :


I am recieving quite few resumes from people interested in Storage Area Networking or SAN jobs. One of my blog visitor asked me to help him improve his resume & you can see my reply below. I took his old resume which was not in great shape & improved it.

If u read this long blog u can find below attached snaps of his previous resume & my improved resume . Since I had very little info I have not done a great job of improving but I just wanted you guys to know that I AM WILLING TO HELP YOU IN YOUR CAREER - Send me your email NOW :).

If you want me to help you just send me a mail if posible with ur resume & write me in detail how can I help you .
Regarding the attached Resume Private/Confidential info from the resume are obscured or changed in respect to the privacy of my blog visitor's identity - All personal Info are completely changed .

Below is my email as Reply to my Blog visitor :

Hi Dear Blog Visitor,

Dont get amazed at many mails from me You have a Big Surprise at the end this long mail - Your PowerPacked New Resume is ready.
I was just going thru your CV which u emailed me and it needs a complete Revamp :) I am willing to do it but I want a small favour.

Plz write anything about your work any troubleshooting procedure or as you said how was your experience of managing & maintaining Sun,Storagetek,IBM SAN products . If you are worrying about Company confidentiality we can change name of the company
to something & change all personal details. But it will be really nice if you can write something even on general Storage topics from your experience which you allow me to publish on this blog .

As you have been into many roles of not just Administering, Planning and Implementing various Enterprise Storage Technology Products & Business Solutions but also developing new teams & mentoring many new guys I am damn sure you will have lot to share .

We can overcome any issues if you can discuss them with me .
I truly encourage you to share your knowledge with others - You will be building a fan following :) for your self .

WHAT I EXPECT : Just send me plain emails of your own articles (no copy-paste from web plz) & let me know what I can publish on my blog I will do the rest of the work for you.

AS A REWARD - PLZ SEE I HAVE DONE QUITE SOME IMPROVEMENT TO YOUR RESUME - Let me know your feedback & I am willing to improve it more :)

I am attaching only Printscreen snapshots of your Latest Improved Resume which are reduced in photo quality - But when you see the complete Resume with full quality content you will Really go crazy at How Best this Resume can get you High Paying Job and you will have atleast 3 to 5 offer letters to choose from within next 30 days if you keep in touch with me.

I will send you the doc format of your resume as soon as you write atleast 1 technical article for me from your real experience (Please no copy-paste from web plz). I have put 4 Hours to improve your resume if you want to pay back plz write more to me & I will do much more for you. Hope you understand that I'm not trying to make any sort of profit but asking you to share your knowldge openly on this blog so I can help thousands of jobless people out there.

I could do very little with available info from your previous resume but if u can send me more detailed tech info on what exactly u do/know & which tasks u handled I can add more FIRE & PUNCH to your resume. DEFINITELY ALL YOUR PERSONAL INFO WILL BE COMPLETELY PROTECTED .

See attached Images & Be ready to be surprised.

ORIGINAL RESUME



NEW IMPROVED RESUME




Rgds
-Roger

just send an email to roger.smithson@gmail.com -recieve sample SAN resume, Videos, Tutorial PDFs, Downloadable MP3, REAL SAN JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS & their Answers.

READ BELOW ARTICLES TO FIND FREE VIDEOS, Tutorials & Interview Questions.

Storage Resume or System Administration Resume

1.What is SAN ?

2.What are the JOB opportunities in SAN ?
3.Which are the companies in SAN and How much they pay ?
4.How Can I Enter SAN industry ?
5.What are the tasks of a SAN professional- How will be a day in his office life?
6.How will be a SAN job interview ?
7.SAN or Storage engineer position - Interview questions : Series1
8.Real SAN Interview questions with answers: Series2
9.Answers for SAN interview questions Series1.
10.Tell me about some Job Openings in SAN or Storage industry?
11.Do You Want to see an Enterprise SAN infrastructure - Thanks to Dell - Watch this informative Video - See a High End Lab

Sunday, October 08, 2006

How to get job in software industry : SAN jobs is for you

How can I get a job in Storage Area Networking ?

This is the question with which I started my quest. Well all of you will ask this question in one or other contest like " How can I get a Job in Software Industry ?" or "How can I get a high paying job ?". We may help you :) just send an email to roger.smithson@gmail.com -recieve sample SAN resume, Videos, Tutorial PDFs, Downloadable MP3, REAL SAN JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS & their Answers.

READ THIS BLOG COMPLETELY FIND LOTS OF VIDEOS & MAKE MONEY IN MILLIONS - READ ALL THE ARTICLES TO FIND OUT HOW .
Welcome to this blog where I will help you in this journey from a Newbie to a Software Professional. Our focus is SAN as this is a NOT-SO saturated segment where you can get a job if you work as per our strategy.

STRATEGY: Getting a High paying Storage JOB

1. Build a simple resume with a basic profile in Storage Tech.
2. Research and Gather Projects on SAN which you can handle (in interviews :) this is the main topic on which you will get most of questions.
3. List the skillset around SAN ( which you can build in the little time you have - overcome your laziness buddy - If you want that job you need to work hard.)
4. Review your Resume & improvise so that you achieve a balance between - Amount of Learning Curve involved to master the technology - VS - Job or industry requirements.
5. Start STUDYING ( the hardest part and you will Love it once in JOB ).
6. Work on Lab or your scaled down lab ( Setit Up ) .
7. Attend seminars/workshops and get to know more about the practical exposures.
8. GO through hundreds of webcasts , podcasts and more PDF tutorials .
9. Start attending mock interviews (DO NOT MISS THIS DUDE).
10.Start preparing for the REAL interviews.
11.Improvise your resume and post on monster,dice,and all those big job portals
12.Be prepared for all the telephonic rounds or the initial filtering.
13.Attend your First Real Company interview ( Get squashed :)
14.Come back cheer up again - Start relearning with more zeal.
15.Attend more mock interviews and the real interviews.

I am 100% sure that if you have the guts to attend just 5 REAL COMPANY INTERVIEWS you can SURELY GET A GOOD SALARIED REAL OFFER LETTER.

I have more than 50 people who are Real Life Examples that this strategy works

GOOD NEWS IS : OUR BLOG IS GOING TO HELP YOU IN EACH & EVERY STAGE OF THIS STRATEGY.


All we want you to do is write about your present status & what you plan to aim & how you want us to Help You. Write to me at roger.smithson@gmail.com
Send your resume & tell us more about your job/salary expectation - I will do all the stuff to help you better your life ( Give me considerable time to help you achieve your aim - thats all I ask )

Please write your feedback on this blog we appreciate your feedback A LOT .

Each of the below given links contains VIDEO SECTION with very COOL & useful videos.

1.What is SAN ?

2.What are the JOB opportunities in SAN ?
3.Which are the companies in SAN and How much they pay ?
4.How Can I Enter SAN industry ?
5.What are the tasks of a SAN professional- How will be a day in his office life?
6.How will be a SAN job interview ?
7.SAN or Storage engineer position - Interview questions : Series1
8.Real SAN Interview questions with answers: Series2
9.Answers for SAN interview questions Series1.
10.Tell me about some Job Openings in SAN or Storage industry?
11.Do You Want to see an Enterprise SAN infrastructure - Thanks to Dell - Watch this informative Video - See a High End Lab


VIDEO SECTION for this post:
nVidia (Graphic chip Manufctr.-See the big machines in their Lab)


A great video explaining the internals of Sunfire Server (Sun Microsystems)


IBM's Linux Ad is somewhat different check it out :


For FUN : How many Gadgets we need to maintain our Tech Job.


Your Comments or Questions regarding this blog are welcome.
EMail roger.smithson AT gmail.com ( replace AT with @ )

Keep reading - We update new information daily about jobs in Storage Area Networking.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Storage jobs blog - How to get a SAN job

LATEST UPDATE :SAN Interview Questions Series 2

It Costs only $240 to get a Dedicated Guidance & To help you Build Your Career.

If you are planning to Get a Job in this Highest Paying IT industry
If you want to build a Strong base in Storage Technology
If you want to Build a Strong Resume which attract lots of Interviews
If you want to clear Interviews & Get Offer Letters with a High Salary in Storage

it Costs only $240 for you to get dedicated guidance from me. Email me ( roger.smithson@gmail.com ) and write to me how can I help you to get the best Job & a Better Career.

I will help you as below
- Advice on How you should start your Job hunting preparation
- Guide you on what you should study/learn & what you should not waste your time on
- Help you Building your Resume and chalk out your path details
- Teach you the Fundamentals & the Essentials , also the advanced
- Share lots of Reading materials & Very concentrated Specific notes
- Give you lots of study tips, Interview tips
- Send you more than 300 Interview Questions which are from Real Interviews
- Help you get Interviews
- Help you to gain confidence by taking quite enough Mock Interviews
- Help you to win through the Interview & how to handle the remaining process
- Be there to advice & guide you through emails & online communication

Lots of support for you to Build your Career at a one time reasonable price of just $240 . If you are serious about getting a boost for your career email roger.smithson@gmail.com before I raise the price to $500 ( Which I will do within next 2 months )

Please write in detail about yourself, your plans, your interest and expectations. If possible send your present CV/Resume/Profile information so that I can better understand you. If you are not writing in detail - I may not be able to reply to you. If you are seriously expecting a reply please do write in detail in your first email.

ALL THIS WILL BE DONE THROUGH EMAILS & ONLINE CHAT - Only selected few will be taken every month so please dont be disappointed if I take time to reply to your enquiry.

This blog is aimed to help JOB seekers find a Good technology job in SAN or Storage Area Networking. You Can Get that job offer letter in this Software industry.

<<< NOTE : DO U WANT FREE TUTORIALS AND JOB OPENINGS INFO ON SAN OR ANY SOFTWARE INDUSTRY OF YOUR CHOICE - JUST SEND AN EMAIL (ALSO UR RESUME IF U WANT FASTER PROCESSING) TO roger.smithson @ gmail.com - Reply with Links to Lots of Video Tutorials Assured >>>

Each of the below given links contains VIDEO SECTION with very COOL & useful videos.

1. What is SAN ?

2.What are the JOB opportunities in SAN ?
3.Which are the companies in SAN and How much they pay ?
4.How Can I Enter SAN industry ?
5.What are the tasks of a SAN professional- How will be a day in his office life?
6. How will be a SAN job interview ?
7.SAN or Storage engineer position - Interview questions : Series1
8.Real SAN Interview questions with answers: Series2
9. Answers for SAN interview questions Series1.
10. Tell me about some Job Openings in SAN or Storage industry?
11. Do You Want to see an Enterprise SAN infrastructure - Thanks to Dell - Watch this informative Video - See a High End Lab


VIDEO SECTION for this post:
A great video explaining the internals of Sunfire Server (Sun Microsystems)


Thanks to SunMicrosystems - Video demo on SunFire 8000


Here is another Video On Virtualization by Tarry Singh (Read his blog on tarrysingh.blogspot.com which is very informative )


Your Comments or Questions regarding this blog are welcome.
EMail roger.smithson AT gmail.com ( replace AT with @ )

Keep reading - We update new information daily about jobs in Storage Area Networking.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

SAN jobs interview questions - Storage Area Networking job interviews Series 2

Below are the 10 questions asked in an interview with SAN company StorageTek .
1) Which are the SAN topologies?

Answer :SAN can be connected in 3 types which are mentioned below:
Point to Point topology
FC Arbitrated Loop ( FC :Fibre Channel )
Switched Fabric

2) Which are the 4 types of SAN architecture types
Answer :Core-edge
Full-Mesh
Partial-Mesh
Cascade

3) which command is used in linux to know the driver version of any hardware device ?
Answer : dmesg

4) How many minimum drives are required to create R5 ( RAID 5) ?

Answer : You need to have at least 3 disk drives to create R5.

5) Can you name some of the states of RAID array ?

Answer : There are states of RAID arrays that represent the status of the RAID arrays which are given below
online
Degraded
Rebuilding
Failed

6) Name the features of SCSI-3 standard ?

Answer : QAS: Quick arbitration and selection
Domain Validation
CRC: Cyclic redundancy check

7) Can we assign a hot spare to R0 (RAID 0)array?

Answer :No, since R0 is not redundant array, failure of any disks results in failure of the entire array so we cannot rebuild the hot spare for the R0 array.

8) Can you name some of the available tape media types ?

Answer :There are many types of tape media available to back up the data some of them are
DLT :digital linear tape - technology for tape backup/archive of networks and servers; DLT technology addresses midrange to high-end tape backup requirements.
LTO :linear tape open; a new standard tape format developed by HP, IBM, and Seagate.
AIT :advanced intelligent tape; a helical scan technology developed by Sony for tape backup/archive of networks and servers, specifically addressing midrange to high-end backup requirements.

9) what is HA ?

Answer : HA High Availability is a technology to achive failover with very less latency. Its a practical requirement of data centers these days when customers expect the servers to be running 24 hours on all 7 days around the whole 365 days a year - usually referred as 24x7x365. So to achieve this a redundant infrastructure is created to make sure if one database server or if one app server fails there is a replica Database or Appserver ready to takeover the operations. End customer never experiences any outage when there is a HA network infrastructure.

10) What is virtualization?

Answer :Virtualization is logical representation of physical devices. It is the technique of managing and presenting storage devices and resources functionally, regardless of their physical layout or location.Virtualization is the pooling of physical storage from multiple network storage devices into what appears to be a single storage device that is managed from a central console. Storage virtualization is commonly used in a storage area network (SAN). The management of storage devices can be tedious and time-consuming. Storage virtualization helps the storage administrator perform the tasks of backup, archiving, and recovery more easily, and in less time, by disguising the actual complexity of the SAN.
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