Technology trends such as shared-service infrastructures, cloud computing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things are all changing the way data is processed, stored, and used in enterprises. There is an increasing need for skilled enterprise storage architects and administrators. IT students and professionals seeking a career in the storage industry need to gain knowledge and skills to manage massive amounts of data in enterprise and cloud environments.

This computer science course seeks to provide learners with a basic understanding of enterprise data storage and management technologies. You will learn about different types of storage systems, storage networking technologies as well as concepts related to business continuity, storage security, and storage management.

This course will also cover key concepts related to cloud computing, and some of the new trends in the storage industry. The basic concepts covered in this course will enable learners to later explore each concept in greater detail.


This course is an introduction to the System-managed, Data Facility Storage Management Subsystem (DFSMS) environment where the dataset lifecycle is managed by predefined policy as required by service level agreements. It describes the components of the DFSMS architecture. At an overview level, it teaches the policy structure and how to build it using the Interactive Storage Management Facility (ISMF), ISMF is the storage manager’s interface to building and maintaining the managed environment. The course also teaches how to develop and implement storage management strategies in z/OS as well as how to perform storage management tasks such as managing media, managing data, managing space, and managing availability.


This basic course is for beginning z/OS storage administrators and would benefit people such as applications and operations who need to understand issues associated with storage management.

Key topics

  • Unit 1 – Introduction
  • Unit 2 – ABCs of Automatic Class Selection (ACS)
  • Unit 3 – ISMF
  • Unit 4 – Media management
  • Unit 5 – Data management
  • Unit 6 – Space management
  • Unit 7 – Availability management

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