Fundamentals of Storage Virtualization

Storage virtualization brings you business agility, administrative efficiency, and cost savings among many more benefits. This course will teach you the fundamentals, benefits, architecture, and use cases of storage virtualization.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
May 29, 2018
Duration
1h 16m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
May 29, 2018
Duration
1h 16m
Description

Are you new to storage virtualization? In this course, Fundamentals of Storage Virtualization, you will learn how storage virtualization works, how it has helped so many companies, and what your options are to use storage virtualization for yourself. You will be following how the Wired Brain Coffee Co moved from a traditional SAN/NAS solution to storage virtualization. First, you will learn what storage virtualization is and how it works. Next, you will explore different storage virtualization solutions, how to use them, and how they can make your life easier. Finally, you will discover storage virtualization in action and gain valuable next steps to learn more about storage virtualization. By the end of this course, you will have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of storage virtualization.

About the author
About the author

David has authored over 50 courses for Pluralsight.com around enterprise data center technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and (especially) VMware vSphere.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Thanks to a smart software layer that allows you to abstract away the complexities of the underlying physical storage system, storage virtualization makes storage easy. My name is David Davis, and I'm confident that you'll enjoy my latest course, The Fundamentals of Storage Virtualization. I've been writing, teaching, and speaking about enterprise technologies and cloud computing now for over 10 years. During that time, I've created over 50 Pluralsight courses, and this is one of the best courses yet. Storage virtualization is used by server virtualization in the data center. It's used by desktop virtualization on your local laptop. And, yes, it's used more and more to virtualize functions of costly and complex storage arrays. Like server virtualization, storage virtualization brings with it business agility, administrative efficiency, and cost savings. You'll be able to do in software what previously was only available with a storage area network. Once you virtualize that storage, you'll free yourself from that aging, complex, and expensive storage area network. Even better, you'll gain a ton of efficiency and advanced functionality. Are you ready to learn more? In this course, you'll start off by learning what storage virtualization is and how it works. From there, we'll explore different storage virtualization solutions, how to use them, and how they can make your life easier. By the end of this course, you'll have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of storage virtualization. And one of the great things about this course is you don't need to know anything to get started. So buckle up, grab a beverage, and join me on this short adventure into the world of storage virtualization.

Introduction
You may be familiar with the idea of virtualizing physical servers into virtual machines, but what about the storage for those virtual machines, and how can we use that same virtualization concept to virtualize not just servers, but also the storage that those servers consume? That's what you'll learn about in this course, the Fundamentals of Storage Virtualization. My name is David Davis, and I'm excited to be your instructor for this course. I want to kick it off by welcoming you to the world of storage virtualization because you're about to learn some concepts that right now might be very foreign to you. But by the end of this short course, you will have a whole new grasp on what storage virtualization is, how it works, you'll see it in action, and how it can help you and your company. Before we jump into this course, I want to make sure that you're prepared. If you haven't yet watched my course entitled Virtualization: The Big Picture, I encourage you to check it out because it does some great level setting on exactly what virtualization is in general and how virtualization can be used to virtualize servers, storage, network, and much more. If you haven't watched that course, check it out before you watch this one.

Understanding Storage Virtualization
Storage virtualization is a very broad term, and it's a very misunderstood term mainly because there are so many definitions of what storage virtualization really is. In this module, I'll help you to understand what storage virtualization is and how it works. Here is what you'll learn. We'll kick it off by defining storage virtualization. From there, I'll show you why you need storage virtualization and then how storage virtualization does what it does. After that, I'll compare storage virtualization to software-defined storage, or SDS, and then finally we'll jump into a demo of storage virtualization with VMware vSAN. We've got a lot to cover, so let's get started.

Benefitting from Storage Virtualization
Thus far we've talked a little bit about the benefits related to storage virtualization, but now I'd like to dive deeper into specifically how you and your company will benefit from utilizing storage virtualization. In this module, you'll learn about the agility benefits to you and your company, the efficiency that you'll gain, the scalability for your applications, the high availability that storage virtualization can provide, and finally, the money that storage virtualization will help you and your company to save. And in the end, I'll show you a demo of storage virtualization in Microsoft Hyper-V. We've got a lot to cover, so let's get started.

Exploring Storage Virtualization in Action
In the final module in this course, we'll be exploring storage virtualization in action. And I know we've actually done a lot of that already throughout the course, so I hope that you've enjoyed the demonstrations that you've already seen in the lab helping the Wired Brain Coffee Company to move into storage virtualization or leverage storage virtualization to give them greater efficiency, and agility, and scalability. In this module, we'll honestly be doing some more of what you've already seen, but perhaps in a little bit more detail. Here's what we'll cover. We'll start off with a demo of configuring virtual storage resources in VMware Fusion, and then finally how to pool and abstract storage with VMware vSAN, or VMware's Virtual SAN. We've got a lot to cover, so let's get started.