Course Syllabus

CNET 122A - Information Storage and Management

Todd Stewart (

Fall Semester - 2016


COURSE DESCRIPTION:   The Information Storage and Management (ISM) course provides a comprehensive understanding of the varied storage infrastructure components in classic and virtual environments. It enables participants to make informed decisions in an increasingly complex IT environment. It provides a strong understanding of underlying storage technologies and prepares students for advanced concepts, technologies, and products. Students will learn the architectures, features, and benefits of intelligent storage systems; storage networking technologies such as FC SAN, IP SAN, NAS, and object-based and unified storage; business continuity solutions such as backup and replication; the increasingly critical area of information security and management, and the emerging field of computing. The course helps prepare the student for the EMC Academic Associate Information Storage and Management exam.


PREREQUISITES OR COREQUISITES Advisory: CNET 105 PC Hardware and Software and CNET 155A Introduction to Networks (or equivalent knowledge).



The Student will:

  1. Evaluate storage architectures and key data center elements in classic, virtualized and cloud environments
  2. Explain physical and logical components of a storage infrastructure including storage subsystems, RAID and intelligent storage systems
  3. Describe storage networking technologies such as FC SAN, IP SAN, FCoE, NAS, and object-based and unified storage
  4. Articulate business continuity solutions – backup and replication, plus archive for managing fixed content
  5. Explain key characteristics, services, deployment models and infrastructure components for cloud computing
  6. Describe information security requirements and solutions, and identify parameters for managing and monitoring storage infrastructure in classic, virtualized and cloud environments


ONLINE STUDENT GUIDE:  The course Student Guide (PDF)  is provided in the Module section of this course (see Module 0 - Student Guide).


TEXTBOOK (Optional): Information Storage and Management: Storing, Managing, and Protecting Digital Information in Classic, Virtualized, and Cloud Environments, 2nd Edition, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-118-09483-9



Canvas – Online Repository: All course slide presentations, lab PDFs, exercises, quizzes and tests will be made available through the Ohlone Canvas course management system.


Canvas URL:


CCCConfer - Online Class Meetings: The CCC Confer system will be used for online class meetings. All online meetings will be recorded and available for students to view in the system archives.


CCC Confer URL:

SelectJoin a Class or Meeting

SearchCNET 122A - Information Storage and Management

Passcode:  979327


CCCConfer - Online Class Schedule:

1 Monday 9/12 7 - 9pm Module 1 - Introduction to Information Storage
2 Wednesday 9/14 7 - 9pm Module 2 - Data Center Environment
3 Monday 9/19 7 - 9pm Module 3 - Data Protection RAID
4 Wednesday 9/21 7 - 9pm Module 4 - Intelligent Storage Systems
5 Saturday 9/24 9am - Noon Module 5 - Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks
6 Monday 9/26 7 - 9pm Module 6 - IP SAN and FCoE
7 Wednesday 9/28 7 - 9pm Module 7 - Network Attached Storage (NAS)
8 Monday 10/3 7 - 9pm Module 8 - Object Based and Unified Storage
9 Wednesday 10/5 7 - 9pm Module 9 - Introduction to Business Continuity
10 Monday 10/10 7 - 9pm Module 10 - Backup and Archive
11 Wednesday 10/12 7 - 9pm Module 11 - Local Replication
12 Monday 10/17 7 - 9pm Module 12 - Remote Replication
13 Wednesday 10/19 7 - 9pm Module 13 - Cloud Computing
14 Thursday 10/20 7 - 9pm Module 14 - Securing the Storage Infrastructure
15 Monday 10/24 7 - 9pm Module 15 - Managing the Storage Infrastructure


BACCC NetLAB: Your lab assignments must be completed on the BACCC Netlab system. This system provide remote access to preconfigured virtual machine templates and automated ISM topologies to access the technology required to perform the course labs. The labs are designed to introduce you to storage area networking and cloud computing technologies and equip you with a valuable platform to learn basic concepts. To access, you need a user ID and password, assigned to you by your instructor or local system administrator. Your account information will be provided during the first week of class.




IMPORTANT DATES: It is the student’s responsibility to drop/withdrawal from classes.


September 12, 2016     first day of class

September 20, 2016     last day to drop a class and receive no grade

October      16, 2016     last day to withdraw and receive a “W”

October      28, 2016     Final Exam (Due)


Students who intend to withdraw should notify both the instructor and the Ohlone College Admissions Records Office. Failure to do so may result in an “F” Grade.


GRADING:                                                                                                GRADING SCALE

Exercises                                           10%                                                      90 – 100          = A

Quizzes                                              15%                                                       80 – 89           = B

Labs                                                    25%                                                       65 – 79          = C

Midterm Exam                                     25%                                                       55 – 64          = D

Final Exam                                          25%                                                         0 – 54           = F



As a student at Ohlone College, you are expected to pursue your course work with honesty and integrity. This means that you must submit your own (original) work for the labs, assignments, quizzes, and tests for this course. An instance of academic misconduct (e.g. plagiarism, cheating, taking credit for others’ work, etc.) will, at the minimum, result in a grade of F for that assignment, and could cause a failing course grade. If work appears to have been copied from another student in this class, both the person who copied and the person who allowed work to be copied will be considered responsible. The procedures for dealing with Academic Dishonesty may be found online in the Ohlone College Catalog.



Course Summary:

Date Details