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This course highlights the process of storage assessment, planning, and design in vendor neutral terms. It covers the discipline of assessment and the art of matching business requirements to storage capabilities.

Course Outline
Summary This course highlights the process of storage assessment, planning, and design in vendor neutral terms. It covers the discipline of assessment and the art of matching business requirements to storage capabilities. Using a rational format, it discusses the underlying science of calculating capacity and art of performance modeling. It then integrates requirements, capabilities, and science facilitating real solutions. The setting is practical and applied with the goal of helping students do their tasks and provide leadership within the storage team to create business value.


The Storage Architect is an emerging role possessing the incredible opportunity to do today’s work with a vision of tomorrow. Storage Architects transform the environment, unlock data assets and establish the policy of information care. They account for business purpose and criticality in their designs while preparing to introduce new technologies. Understanding business value gives them the opportunity to: set technical direction; demonstrate technical leadership; and increase breadth of business knowledge.

The Storage Architect as a professional practitioner engages with clients to understand and determine information value.  They discover requirements, assess current states, and then design and plan infrastructure. Annually, they design for 90% new storage and plan to migrate 38% of their client data. Quarterly, they produce capacity plans covering 442% (3 year) increases from current infrastructure.

Storage Architects draw from their experience to standardize processes, establish administrative tasks, monitor thresholds, and set data collection policies, recovery tasks, security levels, and troubleshooting steps. Daily, working with others, they determine requirements and develop solutions. They stay 18 months ahead technically by pragmatic analysis of treacherous product roadmaps. Most provide day-to-day troubleshooting and problem analysis, managing vendor escalations when they cannot solve the problem. At this level, the architect is the storage expert.


Everyone responsible for the assessment, planning, and design; including those responsible for top tier technical support of new and existing storage products and services; this is typically limited to experienced development, administration, implementation, delivery, support, and management staff. Staff members required to complete the internationally recognized SNIA S10-300 Storage Assessment, Planning & Design examination will find this course essential.

S10-101 Storage Network Fundamentals and S10-200 Storage Administrator. Strong IT literacy, with at least five years experience in IT and two years in Storage Operations. Advanced computer skills and knowledge in at least one operating system. Technical skill developing complex solutions is a plus. Both a non-disclosure agreement and license agreement are required.

How our course is different from other courses you might consider?

We teach the special skill sets that bridge the “gap.” The architect is a very special role, it requires more than just technical skill sufficient to pass an exam; it requires a consummate professional who can connect business requirements to storage capabilities. As a result, our students tell us that it cut their design time in half, i.e., 50% greater efficiency, made their storage deployments more effective, and for those in sales, it yielded 20% higher sales. This is not a result of better selling - this is not a sales course, it is about meeting needs with technical solutions. Isn't that you want, to have others accept your design?

This is a difficult course. It is based on lecture and case study. The lecture component features both business strategy and storage science. The science has applied calculations that you will find nowhere else except under NDA; they will help you defend your design. Design must meet business need and be consistent with strategy, otherwise, no matter how good the science, the design will be for naught - a movie produced but never seen. The case studies are taken from our consulting practice - a journey from small decisions to global infrastructure design. Some people say that their head hurts, because it is too much like work - well, we are unapologetic.

It would be difficult, even for the largest storage vendors to replicate this experience. It represents lifetimes of experience. Uses real data from real systems. The instructors are active consultants who use the methodology daily. This course is not about an industry or us; it is about taking you to the next level. Take our competitors’ courses if you want to spend less money and just pass the exam; take ours if you want to pass the real exam, to be a consummate storage professional, the architect.

Expected Outcome

Pass the S10-300 Exams. Have strong verbal and practical understanding of storage. Be able to assess, plan and design across all storage disciplines and products. Balance technical and business skill in the process.


The S10-300 course represents a tremendous body of work. Many books and standards documents were used in it's creation. It is technically deep. Yet it is more than theory. All case studies (group) and design studios (individual) activities are taken from real consulting engagements using a variety of infrastructures. Over 3,000 storage consultants have taken this course from Knowledge Transfer. We update the course quarterly.


The primary objective of this course is to develop technical knowledge and skills required to effectively design storage infrastructure using current and emerging technologies. It will also help you to ask the right questions, both business and technical. The course provides a set of practical approaches required to help you lead the storage team. Delivery of objectives is in the context of application, data, and storage components. Objectives include:

  • Assess
  • Plan
  • Design
  • Troubleshoot
  • ITIL
Course Contents

Assess - Gather current and future state requirements, documenting behaviors, conditions, and interactions on and between information systems. Identify storage capabilities needed to meet requirements, creating an idealized future-state. Gather technical data about the current storage infrastructure, using capability terms. Identify technical inconsistencies, risks, and bottlenecks.

Design - Define and explain the components and impact of integrating technology changes. Design for availability, B/R, and D/R for FC, IP, Array, NAS and management infrastructures. Demonstrate design value against access, security, volume, and growth.

Plan - Demonstrate the ability to take responsibility for coordination of all storage plans and strategies within the constraints of meeting storage requirements, technical coordination, measurement, and review of all progress and plans. Show practical knowledge of storage infrastructure capabilities and components and how to assemble and create a solution. Capabilities include media, replication, transports, and protocols. Components include disks, arrays, virtualization, network (SAN and IP), and backup and replication mechanisms.

Troubleshooting and Problem Resolution - Understand and apply an ITIL™ best practices approach in every part of this objective. Use advanced troubleshooting techniques and tools to solve storage problems; particularly where the architecture limitations exceed present and future capabilities. Plan and implement proof-of-concept and benchmark activities. Manage integration, data migration and continuity process. Create quality assurance strategy and procedures. Pursue an error free operation through development of qualitative and quantitative measurement criteria.

ITIL - Know the ITIL™ capacity planning process. Create a capacity plan for all storage related components in the infrastructure domain. Demonstrate knowledge of scalability, throughput, and bandwidth requirements, including impacts. Justify how a capacity plan aligns with application life cycle. Apply the planning process in an integrated solution approach (NAS, FC, IP, SAN, Array, B/R, D/R). Plan for storage and server consolidation.

Why take the Knowledge Transfer version of this course...

If you want to take a course just to pass the exam, please take someone else’s course. If you want to learn from case studies derived from real assessments, from terabytes to petabytes, taught by instructors who are low on ego and high on process (because they did and continue to do the job), then take our course. Our course is longer and harder and you will learn more (the body of knowledge covered was originally two weeks long and is constantly updated; every day will be a full eight to ten hours, except Friday, which will be seven and half.) Bring your problems, and we will work them. You will think differently when finished, if you do not, you are not an architect – some people are not destined to be architects.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Course SNIA Storage Network Foundations

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion

Cancellation Policy
10 business day cancellation policy. if the course is confirmed and the student cancels within 10 days of the course, then they get charged and apply a credit for future courses. If they cancel outside of 10 business days, then there are no charges at all.
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I realize that we are constantly dealing with technology, but I still think for a registration fee of almost $3,000, that a hardcover book should be included. I know that the option to print the book on a one-time basis exists.
Reviewed by 2016
Reviewed by 2016
The instructor was very knowledgeable and answered all questions. Jarod did an excellent job presenting.
Reviewed by 2015
The room was cold. I had to sit next to the space heater. It would be good to tell future patrons to dress warmly AHEAD of time. No suprises.
Reviewed by 2015
He was great and offered his contact info for further questions.
Reviewed by 2015
Howard was a fantastic instructor and the course was exactly what I required.
Reviewed by 2014
The trainer was excellent - the course exceeded my expectations.
Reviewed by 2014
This course provides an excellent overview and a bit of practice on the various functions of SharePoint 2013. I was disappointed at the number of exceedingly long breaks given after each module. I would have preferred less break time and more content to the course. Having never taken a SharePoint course with another provider, I don't know if this is the norm with all providers of just this one in particular.
Reviewed by 2014
I ranked the "Use of Technology" low because for Users who were remote the VM's that were setup were a little wonky. Could be very slow at times and then sometimes they needed to be refreshed to work properly with the lab. In some instances we couldn't follow along as replication would not occur fast enough and we would have our lab cut short (for us remote Users).
Reviewed by 2014
The instructor was good at remembering to acknowledge the online students even though he was facing a classroom of students also.
Reviewed by 2014
Insructor was not so good with the live examples. Also the handouts was not so useful
Reviewed by 2013
The trainer was excellent, very knowledgeable and had a lot of valuable experience to share. The problem was that there were way too many workshops that took too long and interfered with getting the maximum benefit from the instructor and the course.
Reviewed by 2013
This was quite informative. It was a great opportunity to have ‘real life’ discussions with certified PMs. The instructor had excellent examples and was able to share his PM experiences with us with concrete examples. In addition, this was a great opportunity to network with private sector/public sector PMs and develop a better appreciation of PM on both sides of the fence. Cheers, CL
Reviewed by 2013
Reviewed by 2013
I did not like the video format
Reviewed by 2013
As a remote attendee, it appeared the instructor paid attention to the "Attendee" and "Chat" windows only a few times throughout the day, so I was not confident that he would see if I sent a message or raised my hand during the course.
Reviewed by 2013
The chairs were not very comfortable and the material contained spelling and grammatical error (a few but still)as well as repetition of words.
Reviewed by 2013
Was a bit slow the last 1/2 day. Of course, for some, this was the last of a 4 day course (not just 2 days).
Reviewed by 2013
I really enjoyed the course and I learned a lot. The pace was excellent.
Reviewed by 2013
Reviewed by 2013
The room was excellent on its own - less distraction and no noise around you. There was no direction to the room when I walked in and therefore was not sure if I was heading in the right direction. We were not provided with the direction that there was coffee and fridge on the 3rd floor, and the bathroom floor was dirty.
Reviewed by 2012
This course was great, very informative, had Lionel as instructor and he was also very good.
Reviewed by 2012
Instructor was eager to assist but lacked subject matter expertise. Course time management was very poor. Content provided could have been delivered effectively in a one day course.
Reviewed by 2012
Good Course, good trainer. All questions addressed equally and in a timely professional manner.
Reviewed by 2011
The course content was interesting; however, the instructor didn't have enough knowledge about Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 Development and wasn't able to answer questions without google search. In the future CTE needs to make sure the instructors have real on-hands experience and are highly trained in the technologies they are supposed be teaching.
Reviewed by 2011

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