Since I wrote about storage certifications in my previous blog entry "Storage Training, Certification & Large Archive", I received several messages requesting training material for the SNIA certifications. Unfortunately, I am unable to distribute the training course materials, I use in my sessions. It is not fair to course developers and training providers to distribute such material freely without permission.
In my previous blog entry "Training Feedback", I mentioned several resources that will help in preparing for SNIA Storage Networking Foundations exam. The same material can also be used to gain basic knowledge in data storage for people working in other technology area.
Using the SNIA Storage Network Foundations (S10-100) Exam Description (PDF file) as roadmap, I will try to cover some basic aspects of different data storage topics in my future blog entries.
Topic: Basic Storage Technology
Section: Identify Standards Organizations
Some industry organizations active in Data Storage industry that you need to be aware of:
Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
An association of producers and consumers of storage networking products whose goal is to further storage networking technology and applications, as listed in SNIA dictionary. Basically, it is an industry trade association formed by data storage vendors to cooperate and promote data storage technologies and solutions through standards, best practices, knowledge exchange and education.
SNIA Storage Security Industry Forum (SSIF)
It is SNIA forum working on developing best practices, technologies and promoting storage networking security.
Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA)
An association of manufacturers, systems integrators, developers and vendors of Fibre Channel (FC) based storage products.
Infiniband Trade Association
Some Standards Organizations and Committees active in developing and ratifying data storage standards are:
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standrads (INCITS) committees related to storage networking are:
Technical Committee T10 responsible for SCSI I/O Interface
Technical Committee T11 responsible for Fibre Channel (FC) Interface
Technical Committee T13 responsible for ATA Interface
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
The standard body responsible for IP (Internet Protocol) based Storage Networking protocols such as iSCSI, FCIP, iFCP.