Distributed Storage and Information Management (SS2011)

Teaching Staff: Jens Grabowski, Thomas Rings


Information Storage and Management (ISM) is the only course of its kind to fill the knowledge gap in understanding varied components of modern information storage infrastructure. It provides a strong understanding of information storage technologies which prepares you to learn advanced concepts, technologies and also enable you to make more informed decisions in an increasingly complex IT environment. You will learn about the architectures, features, and benefits of Intelligent Storage Systems; storage networking technologies such as FC-SAN, NAS, and IP-SAN; long-term archiving solution – CAS; business continuity solutions such as backup and replication, the increasingly critical area of information security, and the emerging field of storage virtualization including storage resource management. The technologies described in the course are illustrated and reinforced with EMC product examples. Realistic case studies enable the participant to design the most appropriate solution for given sets of criteria.

Prerequisite Knowledge/Skills

To understand the content and successfully complete this course, a participant must have a basic understanding of computer architecture, operating systems, networking, and databases.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate storage architectures; understand logical and physical components of a storage infrastructure including storage subsystems, RAID and Intelligent storage systems
  • Describe storage networking technologies such as FC-SAN, NAS, IP-SAN and data archival solution – CAS
  • Identify different storage virtualization technologies and their benefits
  • Understand and articulate business continuity solutions including, backup technologies, and local and remote replication solutions
  • Define information security, and storage security domains
  • Identify parameters of managing and monitoring storage infrastructure and describe common storage management activities and solutions

Organizational Issues

The lecture is planned from September 19th 2011 until September 28th 2011. This course will be taught in English.
The lecture will be hold in the morning and exercises will take place in the afternoon.
This course implements either the module "CS M.inf.310 IT/TK-Infrastrukturen - Planung, Organisation, Betrieb" or the module "M.Inf.135 - Distributed Storage and Information Management" (4 SWH (SWS), 6 ECTS Points).
Please register in advance via an e-mail to Thomas Rings. Please include your field of study, your desired degree, your id of enrollment, and semester.
For questions and comments, please contact Thomas Rings.

EMC® Academic Alliance

With this lecture, we provide a preparation for the exam for the EMC Information Storage and Management Certificate. The Institute of Computer Science of the University of Göttingen is a Proven Professional of the EMC Academic Alliance. Here more information about the EMC Academic Alliance is published.

Time and Place

Informatik/Stochastik - Room 0.101 from 9 am (st) to 4 pm
Detailed information about the organization is given in the first lecture on September 19th 2011


The exam takes place in room 2.101 of the Institute of Computer Science at 10 am (st). Its duration is 90 minutes + 10 minutes reading time.

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