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Important NetApp Certification Program Updates

Posted by Rubel Khan on April 23, 2015

In May, NetApp will deliver updates to NetApp certification exams to extend training and certification opportunities for the latest NetApp Data ONTAP technology. NetApp will also implement changes to the NetApp Certification Program (NCP), designed to increase market recognition and protect the validity of the NetApp certifications that you work so hard to achieve.

New Exams: 
On May 15 2015, NetApp will launch the following new exams:

  • NS0-157 NetApp Certified Data Administrator, Clustered Data ONTAP. Passing this exam will earn you the NetApp Certified Data Administrator, Clustered Data ONTAP (NCDA cDOT) credential.
  • NS0-506 NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – SAN, Clustered Data ONTAP. Passing this exam, and holding an active NCDA cDOT certification, will earn you the NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – SAN Specialist, Clustered Data ONTAP (NCIE SAN cDOT) credential.
  • NS0-511 NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – Data Protection. Passing this exam, and holding an active NCDA cDOT certification, will earn you the NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – Data Protection Specialist (NCIE Data Protection) credential.

Protecting the Value and Validity of NetApp Certifications: 
Following industry best practices, NetApp is implementing Provisional Exam Scoring. Candidates who achieve a passing score will receive a “Provisional Exam Score Report” after completing their NCP exam at a Pearson VUE testing center, or private testing event. Final exam results will be confirmed once a validity check is complete, as defined by the NCP exam security policies, and will be made available in CertCenter within three (3) business days of the exam.
Certification Program Policy Changes.

In addition to the above changes, NetApp is implementing other minor policy changes effective May 15. For example, you can now retake an exam after a 24-hour waiting period with additional retakes following a 14 calendar-day waiting period. Passed exams may be retaken after 18 months.

NetApp is excited about these upcoming changes to the NCP, and the added value that they will deliver to you, as a certified NetApp Professional. Please watch for other enhancements to the NCP in the coming months including new certifications and tools to help you manage your certifications better.

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Cisco Data Center Exams Availability Is Extended

Posted by Rubel Khan on April 28, 2013

Cisco Data Center Unified Computing exams 642-993 DCUCD and 642-994 DCUCI are now available through May 31, 2013.

These two exams were scheduled to be removed from testing centers on February 28, 2013, but the removal date has been extended.

If you are interested in taking these exams, please contact Pearson VUE.

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Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

Posted by Rubel Khan on April 12, 2013

untitledMitch Tulloch has updated his very popular free ebook on Windows Server 2012 based on the RTM version of the software.

A key feature of this book is the inclusion of sidebars written by members of the Windows Server team, Microsoft Support engineers, Microsoft Consulting Services staff, and others who work at Microsoft. These sidebars provide an insider’s perspective that includes both “under-the-hood” information concerning how features work, and strategies, tips, and best practices from experts who have been working with the platform during product development.

Please see the links below to download one or all of the available formats.

PDFIntroducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – PDF ebook 

EPUB – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – ePub format 

MOBI – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – MOBI format (for Kindle) 

If you prefer a hard copy of the book, you can order it here for $14.99 from our official distributor, O’Reilly Media.

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A Visual Guide to Windows Server Training and Certification!

Posted by Rubel Khan on February 24, 2013

A Visual Guide to Windows Server Training and Certification!

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Windows Server Certification and Career Paths

Posted by Rubel Khan on December 16, 2012

Windows Server Certification and Career Paths

Windows Server Certification and Career Paths

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NetApp in a SnapShot!

Posted by Rubel Khan on June 12, 2012

Data Storage: NetApp at 20: ‘Nice Little File Server Company’ Grows Into $6B Storage Giant

NetApp has come a long way from being known as a “nice little file server company” years ago, in the words of its Chairman and former longtime CEO Dan Warmenhoven. Since its birth 20 years ago, it has blossomed into one of the world’s most successful independent data storage companies. NetApp is now the second-largest independent network-attached storage (NAS) maker/seller in the world behind EMC, and is No. 3 only to EMC and IBM in external disk storage, according to industry researcher IDC. NetApp’s data storage products have won the respect of midrange and small and midsize business generally; larger enterprises are also buying NetApp’s wares for various applications. NetApp has been instrumental in shaping how the storage industry looks today. This year, the company’s 20th in business, marks a major milestone for NetApp. What began in 1992 as an idea sketched on a placemat has grown into a “model company,” ranked as a top global place to work, with more than $6.2B in revenue and more than 11,500 employees. Here are some highlights of those 20 years.

1992: Hitz Parade Begins

NetApp founder Dave Hitz writes the first storage operating system with the Write Anywhere File Layout (WAFL), improving storage performance and efficiency.

1993: First NAS Appliance Boots Up

NetApp launches the first network-attached storage appliance, the FAServer 400, which provides shared file storage and simplified data management.

1993: SnapShot Data Protection

NetApp pioneers the industry’s storage efficiency technology with Snapshot, the first and only disk space saving, no-performance-impact data protection technology. Over the next 14 years, NetApp adds new features to the storage efficiency catalog with the industry’s first virtual writable copies with FlexClone, followed by the first deduplication system on primary storage in 2007.

1995: NetApp Goes Public

NetApp goes public in 1995, and four years later, the company was added to the Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500. In 2001, NetApp sales hit $1 billion in sales, and 11 years later, NetApp hit $6.2 billion in sales. In 2012, NetApp debuted on the Fortune 500 list at No. 474.

2002: First Unified Storage System

NetApp pioneers the world’s first unified storage platform. Over the years, NetApp has innovated in storage efficiency, processes, data management and data protection as well as enterprise and midsize business customer segments.

2003: Virtualization Crosses Vendor Barriers

NetApp virtualizes other vendors’ storage arrays, enabling the company’s Data ONTAP efficiencies and data protection in its V Series arrays. The offering provided the first data management features for other storage vendors. The V-Series product line is unique in its ability to unify storage array products from Hitachi, HP, IBM, Fujitsu and EMC.

2008: ‘Less Storage-Capacity-Used’ Guarantee

NetApp is the first in the industry to offer customers a guarantee that they will use 50 percent less storage in their virtual server/desktop environments with NetApp, compared with traditional storage, or NetApp will provide additional capacity at no charge.

2011: An ‘Innovative’ Company

NetApp is named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Forbes magazine as one of the few major storage vendors to make the list at No. 34.

2009: Best Company to Work For in the World

NetApp is ranked No. 1 on the Fortune “Best Companies to Work For” list. 2012 marked the sixth consecutive year the company was ranked in the top 15. NetApp was also named the No. 3 best place to work on the Great Places to Work Institute’s first annual “Top 25 Global Places to Work” list for 2011.

2012: NetApp Steps Up Move to the Cloud

NetApp’s FlexPod data center platform, which includes NetApp unified storage systems, Cisco Unified Computing System servers and Cisco Nexus switches, is accelerating the transition to the cloud for more than 850 customers in nearly 33 countries globally to date. FlexPod is designed from the ground up as a channel sale.

Source: eWeek

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Free E-Book Offer from Microsoft Press

Posted by Rubel Khan on March 31, 2012

Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft by Katherine Murray

FREE e-book!

Chances are that you are like many students who are wondering what the marketplace will look like when you finally have that diploma. With so many candidates searching for jobs in IT right now, how can you increase your chances of being the chosen candidate for your dream job?

Take charge of your career by reading this free Microsoft Press e-book, which is filled with tips on training, certifications, career opportunities, and how to market yourself.

Good luck!

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CompTIA certification testing moving to a single vendor (VUE)

Posted by Rubel Khan on March 6, 2012

To simplify the overall testing experience for certification candidates, CompTIA exams will be delivered exclusively with Pearson VUE via their network of more than 5,000 testing centers in 165 countries, effective July 9. CompTIA certification exams will no longer be available at Prometric testing centers at that time. Moving exclusively to Pearson VUE will provide certifications candidates with one point of contact to serve all of their testing needs.

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Oracle Certification Program News!

Posted by Rubel Khan on February 25, 2012

Oracle Certification E-MagazineFebruary 2012

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Posted by Rubel Khan on February 13, 2012

According to the recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate is still over 8%. These people are our neighbors, our friends, and our family; representing each demographic in terms of age, education and talent. There is probably only one thing that unites them all: they do not possess one of the 10 most sought after certifications in the Information Technology (IT) job market.

The ten most critical certifications that would assure Americans jobs and advancement in the IT marketplace are:

  1. Project Management Professional (PMP) manages projects to a successful conclusion, on-time, on-budget, and using the resources allocated.
  2. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certifications validate your skills in deploying, designing, and maintaining Microsoft technology such as Windows, SQL, SharePoint and Exchange.
  3. CompTIA’s A+ certification indicates competency to install networks, conduct preventative maintenance, secure them and troubleshoot them.
  4. Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNA) installs, configures, runs and troubleshoots medium-sized routed and switched networks.
  5. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) cortication validate your skills on implementing and troubleshooting a particular Microsoft Server technology, such as Windows, SQL, SharePoint and Exchange.
  6. CompTIA’s Network+ certification demonstrates competency to manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install and configure basic network infrastructures.
  7. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions.
  8. NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA) have proven skills in performing in-depth support, administrative functions, and performance management for NetApp storage appliances running the Data ONTAP® operating system in NFS and Windows® (CIFS) multiprotocol environments.
  9. IT Infrastructure Library certification (ITIL) demonstrates the expertise of professionals in tech management with a three tiered program of basic, intermediate and advanced certification.
  10. CompTIA’s Security+ certification demonstrates knowledge of system security, network infrastructure, access control and organizational security.

Although the above certifications may not guarantee you a job (extenuating circumstances must be taken into account), they certainly improve your chances of gaining meaningful and stable employment.

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