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Converting from a NetApp Administrator to an EMC Administrator  :)

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I did work for the NetApp company and know their products decently well.  I do not know Nas / San in General and know noting about EMC.  

All the good jobs want EMC and sometimes HDS.

How does an unemployed person convert himself to an EMC person with the least amount of time and expense ?

Are there good sites, books etc ?

I already an reading the orilley site on general San/Nas and am learning much about San / Nas in general.

I have been in the I.T. business for 18 years and have worked with most of the Operating Systems, a bit about routers / firewalls etc.


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There are plenty of businesses out there looking for Netapp experience.  Look harder! :-)  Also, if you know netapp, why don't you know NAS or SAN?  Netapp does both.....

But if you must know the other stuff, unless you're willing to pay for their training, you are going to have to find junior admin work with a firm that already has their stuff.  You will not find any "EMC for Dummies" books out there.  

Keep in mind that with the high end Symmetrix stuff, EMC does all the work.

I've never seen ANY good info on HDS.  


I know Netapp Nas / San but no others.  

I tried to speak with EMC and could not get in contact with anyone that could help me find my direction.

Nor will you; most of these companies aren't real keen on sharing that kind of info.

I found a pretty cool site for you though:


Let me know what you think.


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I do both NetApps and EMC NAS/SAN installations, and I can tell you that the EMC NAS offerings are more complicated than NetApps. (perhaps not the clariion based NS range offerings, but certainly the gateway devices booting off DMX with SRDF failover!!!!!!), as such much more knowledge of the surrounding products is needed (ie clariion , Symmetrix, DMX, ECC etc...). These take time to learn and as such you will generally get much more money of an EMC contact than a straight contract (but you would have to outlay more money on training up front).
There are plenty of NetApps oppertunities out there, but if you can get into the NAS/SAN market (especially the SAN) then your prospects will be greatly enhanced (see my bio for my experience and skills....that has taken the best part of 10 yrs to grow!!). I'm lucky in that I worked for Hitachi Data Systems pretty much straight out of university, and they gave me a great base to work from. I now work for Brocade in Europe and can tell you that once you have good SAN skills on your CV ..you will never have to look for a job....THEY FIND YOU.

I recommend you start by getting a powerlink account:


and reading through the PDF manuals and hardware docs to get an over view of the technology (and differences to NetApps), then book a course with EMC (I would recommend the NAS NS Range courses for you). Then try and gain the EMC certifed NS Implementation Engineer Qualification.

That should see you into an administration/junior implementation role in EMC NAS...from where you can build your SAN knowledge and step on up.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to access the Powerlink features for EMC Celerra unless you have purchased an EMC Celerra.

The Celerra has two interfaces--a web based GUI, which is pretty straight forward.  It also has wizards to let non-NAS administrators get up and running quickly.

The CLI is based on Red Hat Linux.  The control station commands are all straightforward Linux.  The data mover commands are linux derived.  For example, "ifconfig" configures interfaces on the control station and "server_ifconfig" configures interfaces on the data movers.  Learning Red Hat will give you a big jump on learning the CLI.

As for courses, there are two main tracts.  Those for NAS administrators, and those for Customer Engineers.  The NAS administration courses assume that the Celerra is already installed and has been initially configured.  I would recommend that track first, as EMC or partner Customer Engineers do the hardware setup and code install.  The Customer Engineer courses deal with setting up the hardware, configuring the storage, and performing the initial setup.  Unless you are going to work as an EMC CE or with Unisys, I would start with administration courses.

You won't really find any materials outside of EMC, as it is proprietary gear.

Also, we have re-written the new EMC Proven Professional exams, and they are now oriented around people who have hands on experience.
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