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Cisco UCS and NetApp certification musings.

July 30, 2012

Once you have passed your VCP your attention then turns to “what to do next”.

At the moment Microsoft seem to be churning out new versions of it’s products faster than anyone can keep up. Unfortunatley, for many of us, learning about new versions of Microsoft products is about as interesting as watching paint dry.

So if you are VCP and bored of the Microsoft books what would be good to do next?

A couple of things have caught my eye recenty…

First of all is Cisco UCS server hardware.  Cisco has a three exam certification on this to certify you and the first exam is that CCNA you either have or (like me) you have been meaning to finish (or you had it and then never renewed it).  The second exam in the track is basic storage concepts and exam number three is all about UCS.

http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/le41/le99/le10/learning_certification_type_home_extra_level.html

Resources?  There is a book on Amazon that is a bit out of date (and a bit dull) check it out here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cisco-Unified-Computing-System-Center/dp/1587141930/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1343665505&sr=1-1-catcorr

I would recommend the TrainSignal videos though that I have had a sneeky peek at.  They are presented by a guy called Jason Nash and he knows his stuff.  TrainSignal seem to have really pulled a blinder with this video series.

http://www.trainsignal.com/blog/videos/what-is-cisco-ucs

 

Another good option would be to get a storage certification under your belt.  Both NetApp and EMC have good certifications here from what I can see (and emulators too for those not lucky enough to be able to “play” with real equipment).

For me, NetApp looks like a good option.  The hard thing is getting hold of some training material without paying big bucks for the training course.

My advice?

Google around to see if you can find a second-hand copy of the training course notes, try searching for..

Accelerated NCDA Boot Camp Data ONTAP 8.0 7-Mode

or the part number of the course

STRSW-ILT-ANCDA-D87M

There is also a NetApp emulator that runs as a virtual machine.  Beg, borrow or steal a copy of that and you are away!

Personally I am thinking of giving the NetApp cert ago, I will let you know how I get on…if you have any good ideas for post VCP certs please let me know!

C

 

 

 

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