Monday, 30 December 2019

Happy New Year 2020! (& Things to Study in 2020)


Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year 2020!
Have a highly successful new decade!
May your cup runneth over with whatever is most important to you:
Health. Good luck. Peace. Friendship. Satisfaction. Success. Money.

Things to study in 2020

I’ve been busy/focused-on-other-stuff in 2019, so haven’t done much on the Professional IT Certification front. I’d like to do more in 2020 (always useful to have a professional armoury of up-to-date and relevant certs.)

Googling around, I saw this post: 15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2019. Now I don’t fancy everything in that list (I have no plans to become an IT project manager for instance.) These are the ones that interest me (one I already have):

1. Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect
4. AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (achieved in late 2017)
6. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure*
*I have been an MCSE in the distant past. The Azure certifications are the ones to go for in this age of cloud.

Above makes 2 non-NetApp certs (since I already have the AWS CSAA). The 3rd non-NetApp cert (1st cert I’m going to aim for), I already blogged about here:

See ‘Core Cloud Certifications Links...’ below.

Udemy

Udemy.com (see links below) is a very good source for training.

Linux Academy

You’ll also find lots of course on Linux Academy (mostly it’s Udemy in the ‘Core Cloud Certification Links...’ section) like:

AWS Concepts

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Level

Azure Concepts:

NetApp Certifications

I also need to refresh my NetApp certs (specifically the highlighted ones, some of which may lapse this year):

DATA TRACK: ASSOCIATE: NetApp Certified Technology Associate (NS0-002)
DATA TRACK: PROFESSIONAL: NetApp Certified Data Administrator, ONTAP (NS0-160)
DATA TRACK:  SPECIALIST: NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer SAN Specialist, ONTAP (NS0-509) Prerequisite: NS0-160
DATA TRACK:  SPECIALIST: NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer Data Protection Specialist (NS0-525) Prerequisite: NS0-160
DATA TRACK: PROFESSIONAL: NetApp Certified Storage Installation Engineer, ONTAP (NS0-182)
DATA TRACK: PROFESSIONAL: NetApp Certified Support Engineer (NS0-193)
DATA TRACK: SPECIALIST: NetApp Certified Support Engineer ONTAP Specialist (NS0-591) Prerequisite: NS0-193

HYBRID CLOUD TRACK: ASSOCIATE: NetApp Certified Technology Associate (NS0-002)
HYBRID CLOUD TRACK: SPECIALIST: NetApp Certified Hybrid Cloud Administrator (NS0-302)
HYBRID CLOUD TRACK: SPECIALIST: NetApp Certified Hybrid Cloud Implementation Engineer (NS0-402)
HYBRID CLOUD TRACK: EXPERT: NetApp Certified Hybrid Cloud Architect (NS0-602) Corequisite: cloud service provider certification

CI TRACK: ASSOCIATE: NetApp Certified Technology Associate (NS0-002)
CI TRACK: SPECIALIST: Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Design Specialist (NS0-173)

The INSIGHT 2019 session recordings are now available:
One of the hottest items for NetAppU is certification for hybrid cloud technical professionals - NetApp Certified Hybrid Cloud Implementation Engineer.
To learn more about hybrid cloud, some favourite sessions:

Notes on the NCIE-SAN certification
There are questions regards NVMe in the NCIE-SAN, so be sure to read:
- Know your NQN, Namespace, Subsystem, ANA and how they translate to FCP terminology
- Know what speeds NVME/FC supports
- Know how many NVME LIFS you can create
- Know that a single port can support FC and NVMe LIFs but not in the same SVM

5 cloudy LoD.netapp.com labs to check out:
- Getting Started with OnCommand Cloud Manager
- Achieving High Availability with Cloud Manager in AWS
- Achieving High Availability with Cloud Manager in Azure
- Started with Cloud Volumes Service v1.1
- Getting Started with Azure NetApp Files v1.0

NetApp Internal useful link for NetApp exam voucher:

Core Cloud Certifications Links - Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, AWS

Google Cloud Platform

Google Free Tier Account

(GCE-A) Google Cloud Engineer - Associate (No Pre-reqs) (Exam: PRooo61)
Exam Preparation, Study Guide, Udemy & Training Links:

(GCCA-P) Google Certified Cloud Architect - Professional (Pre-reqs: GCE-A) (Exam: PRooo088)
Exam Preparation, Study Guide, Udemy & Training Links:

Microsoft Azure

Azure Free Tier Account

Microsoft Certification and Training Road Map

Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals (no Pre-reqs) (Exam: AZ-900)
Exam Preparation, Study Guide, Udemy & Training Links:

Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate (no Pre-reqs) (Exam: AZ-103)
Exam Preparation, Study Guide, Udemy & Training Links:

Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert (Pre-reqs: AZ-103) (Exam: AZ-300 & AZ-301)
Exam Preparation, Study Guide, Udemy & Training Links:

Microsoft: Special Offers: Certification and Exam Offers

AWS

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (No Pre-reqs) (Exam: CLF-C01)
Exam Preparation, Study Guide, Udemy & Training Links:

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (No Pre-reqs) (Exam: SAA-C01)
Exam Preparation, Study Guide, Udemy & Training Links:

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional (Pre-req: SAA-C01) (Exam: SAP-C01)
Exam Preparation, Study Guide, Udemy & Training Links:

Note: NetApp: Swap udemy.com for netapp.udemy.com.

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