After completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Outline the benefit of implementing an SAN Volume Controller (SVC) storage virtualization solution
  • Differentiate between the SVC 2145-DH8 model and the previous generation SVC 2145 models
  • Outline steps required to integrate the SVC system solution
  • Implement zoning policies for device access between the SVC, native disk storage, and host servers
  • Implement the SVC GUI and CLI management operations to configure, monitor, and manage the SVC systems
  • Identify issues related to coexistence between the SVC and native disk storage access across host servers
  • Migrate existing data to the virtualized SVC system environment
  • Implement storage efficiency solutions to maintain data growth, enhance storage performance and reliability
  • Apply advanced system management strategies to provide high availability
  • Employ administrative operations to maintain system ability


This intermediate lecture and exercise-based course is for individuals who are assessing and/or planning to deploy networked storage virtualization solutions.


The following courses are required prior to this class:

  • Introduction to Storage (SS01G)
  • Storage Area Networking - Fundamentals (SN71G or SN71SG)
  • An understanding of the concepts of open systems disk storage systems and I/O operations


Four days.


Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM SAN Volume Controller

Chapter 2. SVC hardware architecture

Chapter 3. SVC planning and zoning requirements

Chapter 4. SVC cluster initialization and user authentication

  • Exercise 0. Lab environment overview
  • Exercise 1. SVC system initialization
  • Exercise 2. SVC system configuration
  • Exercise 3. Examine back-end storage system

Chapter 5. SVC storage provisioning

Chapter 6. SVC host access

  • Exercise 4. Storage provisioning
  • Exercise 5. Access SVC storage from Windows and AIX

Chapter 7. Spectrum Virtualize advanced features

  • Exercise 6. Thin Provisioning and Volume Mirroring
  • Exercise 7. Storage access and SDD path selection

Chapter 8. Spectrum Virtualize data migration

  • Exercise 8. SVC data migration
  • Exercise 9. Migrate existing data. Migration Wizard
  • Exercise 10. Migrate existing data with Import Wizard GUI
  • Exercise 11. Migrate existing data with Import Wizard CLI

Chapter 9. Spectrum Virtualize Copy Services

  • Exercise 12. SVC scripting and I/O group modification
  • Exercise 13. Real-time Compression and the IBM Comprestimator

Chapter 10. SVC administration management

  • Exercise 14. SVC FlashCopy and consistency groups
  • Exercise 15. Assign user roles and access