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Featured Member: Eric Barlier


Eric Barlier

Senior Storage Consultant

Australia Post


As a NetApp technology expert and seasoned storage professional, Eric is a proponent of using best practices and sharing knowledge with his peers.  His consistent presence and high-quality, helpful responses within the NetApp community make him our latest featured member. Thank you, Eric!











Some of Eric’s past large-scale projects include:


  • An EMEA-wide Data ONTAP® upgrade for FAS series across 150 controllers and 7 countries
  • Dedupe across large enterprise environments
  • Implementation of D2D backups in an environment that relied on tape for more than a decade (a project that was both technically and politically challenging)


A few of Eric’s certifications:

  • NetApp Certified Backup and Recovery Solution Architect (NCSA-BR)
  • NetApp Certified Business Continuance Solution Architect (NCSA-BC)
  • NetApp Certified SAN Solution Architect (NCSA-SAN)
  • NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA)



A Bit About Eric


Eric started off in UNIX® tech support and then went on to a NetApp tech support position, where he stayed for almost three years. He then moved into storage administration, which was extremely useful in helping him understand how problems occur and how NetApp® products are used in real life. Eric has also worked in banking, telecom, and government environments as a storage consultant, engaged in admin tasks, design tasks, and architecture reviews. The next big things on the horizon for Eric include SSD disk technology, virtualization, and, potentially, cloud OS.



Away from Work


Eric enjoys cooking and uses it to wind down after work. He plays a bit of football (a.k.a. soccer) and is also into kite surfing. A guitar player since the age of 13, Eric’s biggest music heroes are Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Nuno Bettencourt, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He loves to travel whenever he has time off.



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