ECS Administration

Course code: ECSAD

This course is intended for anyone who needs to manage, customize, monitor, or use an ECS system for data storage. It provides detailed coverage of ECS features designed to support typical use cases, including global content repository, geo-scale object storage with Access Anywhere, and Big Data Analytics.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Provide an overview of the ECS solution, its components, and typical deployment configurations
  • Explain ECS architecture, core software constructs, data flows, and internal operation
  • Use the ECS Portal to configure and manage an ECS solution
  • Demonstrate how ECS works as object storage with local replication and geo replication
  • Perform metering, monitoring, basic health checks, and basic troubleshooting in an ECS environment
  • Customize and use supported data clients to access ECS storage

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Course structure

Module 1: Overview of the ECS Solution

  • ECS Introduction
  • Typical ECS Configurations
  • Lab 0: Connecting to your class lab environment

Module 2: ECS Architecture

  • Core ECS Abstractions
  • Data Packaging and Local Protection
  • Failure Handling and Failover Scenarios

Module 3: Managing ECS using the ECS Portal

  • Configuring VDCs, Storage Pools, and Replication Groups
  • Configuring Namespaces, Users, and Buckets
  • Lab 1: Configure ECS Storage Infrastructure

Module 4: ECS Access from Object Clients

  • S3 API Client with ECS
  • Swift API Client with ECS
  • Centera CAS API with ECS
  • Hadoop Clients with ECS
  • ECS NFS File Access
  • Lab 2: Basic tests of I/O access from various data clients

Module 5: Advanced Configuration

  • Access Control, Retention, and Quotas
  • Multi-tenancy Considerations
  • ECS D@RE
  • Lab 3: ECS customizations: ACLs, quotas, and retention
  • Lab 4: Multi-tenancy with Active Directory/LDAP Integration

Module 6: ECS Monitoring and Metering

  • Monitoring Capabilities
  • SNMP Support
  • Syslog Support
  • Lab 5: ECS Metering and Monitoring


Familiarity with storage solutions in single and multi-site data center environments, including block, file, and object storage; and basic cloud concepts.

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