Good day all.
I come from the fixed-line sector of telecommunication, which has been kicked to the kerb. I need to change my career path and would like to learn about cloud computing and network storage. How can I get started (defined learning path) and ultimately obtain certification with NetApp?
I didnt see your initial post, but I'm happy to chime in now. Do you have any access to NetApp's web based training (WBT)? If so, there are quite a few classes you can/could take to start getting into the fundamentals of ONTAP and the likes. Put those together with using the simulator and it'll sink in quite a bit more. I've got a list of classes that I've had quite a few folks review to get them rolling that I can pass along (probably need to update it though for 8.x vs 7G where it is now). The list is fundamentals of the OS but also includes hardware pieces as well.
Went through and updated the class list to be relevant to 8.x..
An Introduction to NetApp Software
An Introduction to NetApp Hardware
Introduction to Snapshot and Flexible Volumes
Data ONTAP 7-Mode Fundamentals
Data ONTAP Cluster-Mode Fundamentals (if interested in C-Mode)
High Availability for Data ONTAP 7-Mode
Introduction to CIFS Administration
Introduction to NFS Administration
ABCs of NetApp DS4243 Disk Shelf
ABCs of NetApp SAS Disk Shelves
ABCs of NetApp FAS3200 Series
ABCs of NetApp FAS6200 Series
ABCs of NetApp Flash Cache
There are numerous other training pieces available (search for ABC's and Introduction for example). After reviewing these I'd recommend taking the administration class of whichever flavor (7-mode or C-mode) fits your situation and go from there. You can pull down the simulators here: http://support.netapp.com/NOW/download/tools/simulator/ontap/8.X/
Not a stupid question, just missed your initial post. On the main NetApp University web page, there is a link to the learning map for the NetApp certifications. On the main NetApp University web page is also links to the popular self paced online learning courses. In addition, one of the NetApp training partners has made available nine online training videos
Here are some links to help you get started:
NetApp University: http://www.netapp.com/us/support/university/university.html
As for cloud computing, you may want to start with the Cloud solution main page at the NetApp.com web site. There are pertinent whitepapers, webcasts and blogs available from that main page to help get you started.
NetApp Cloud: http://www.netapp.com/us/solutions/cloud/
Hope these help!