INET 4032

About This Course

Information is one of the most valuable commodities of the 21st century. This course deals with the proper care and handling of enterprise data, whether the enterprise is a large multinational corporation, a family home, or something in between. Topics include storage network architecture and storage system design.

Students examine data storage technology; local, network, and distributed storage; storage history; data protection policy and implementation (including redundancy, replication, backup, and archive strategy); data security; data reduction and optimization; and emerging technologies like Big Data, cloud storage, AWS, OpenStack, and Compute Clouds. Strong emphasis is placed on applicability of course material to real-world challenges and current industry problems in corporate environments.

Sample textbook: Software-Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials by Schulz, Edition (2017).


Carl Follstad
Carl Follstad

BS, computer science, Mankato State University

Carl Follstad began his IT career writing device drivers for VMS systems, moving to large systems management. In 2001, as senior systems engineer for EMC Corporation, he focused on the storage industry, advising on strategy in enterprise business continuity, data protection, classification of data, and resilient storage subsystem design. Beginning in 2004, he managed the University of Minnesota Data Management Services group, which is responsible for architecture of the centralized system backup and SAN storage. In 2007, he returned to EMC as a pre-sales technical consultant. He now works for Dell Technologies, post EMC acquisition, as an advisory storage architect.

  • INET 2001 – Fundamentals of IT
  • INET 4001 – Foundations of Operating Systems
  • INET 4032 – Systems I: Storage

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