alok2978
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Hello experts,

I'm new to EMC community and not sure if this is the right forum/place to ask my question. However, I'm really need expert advice of yours.

I have 8 yrs of work experience as Application Support, Product Support and Sr. Oracle DBA. I am keen interested in making my career in Storage Support/DataCenter Admin/Cloud Support assuming that these three domain require similar kind of expertise (Please correct me if I am wrong here). However, I'm not able to find any opportunity being in my current profile and need your guidance/advice on how i can move/switch to my desired profile. I do have basic understanding of SAN/NAS/Basic NetWorking, NetWoker/NetBackup/IBM TSM. I'm also good in AIX and Linux.

Please if someone can guide me how I can move my career from my existing profile (Oracle DBA) to Storage Support/DataCenter Admin/Cloud Support? Also, if my decision is correct or not?

I am thinking to start my journey either with ISM v2 or EMCCIS, however not sure which is better for me to start with. Please clear my doubt in this point too.

One last question, once I'm through with either of the course and sound knowledge of storage/SAN, will I get enough opportunity for job Or I will be considered as fresher and my previous experience will not be considered?

Thank you very much for your time and your expert advice.

-Alok

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DGraci
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Hello Alok2978 –

While we cannot offer career guidance, EMC has many educational opportunities that may help you get where you are going.

 

The EMC Proven Professional certification program is designed as a role based program because we view certification as representation of readiness to perform a role. A role based program takes into account a number of factors that are unique to a specific role. Within each role, it is possible to build upon previously earned certifications by moving through our Associate, Specialist and Expert certifications. You can find more detail regarding the associate level certifications here.  Clicking on the specialty name will bring you to a course description.   The exam description can be found hyperlinked under “Exam and Practice Test” in the right corner.

There have been many discussions in the community regarding the Cloud Architect certifications; here Alok Shrivastava, Sr. Director, introduces this new track to the EMC Proven Framework and here is a link to Shankar Nagarajan’s session from EMC World 2013 titled “Cloud Architect – Do You Have What It Takes”?

Anyone else want to weigh in and offer Alok2978 some advice?

Best of luck Alok and keep us updated on your journey!

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DGraci
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Hello Alok2978 –

While we cannot offer career guidance, EMC has many educational opportunities that may help you get where you are going.

 

The EMC Proven Professional certification program is designed as a role based program because we view certification as representation of readiness to perform a role. A role based program takes into account a number of factors that are unique to a specific role. Within each role, it is possible to build upon previously earned certifications by moving through our Associate, Specialist and Expert certifications. You can find more detail regarding the associate level certifications here.  Clicking on the specialty name will bring you to a course description.   The exam description can be found hyperlinked under “Exam and Practice Test” in the right corner.

There have been many discussions in the community regarding the Cloud Architect certifications; here Alok Shrivastava, Sr. Director, introduces this new track to the EMC Proven Framework and here is a link to Shankar Nagarajan’s session from EMC World 2013 titled “Cloud Architect – Do You Have What It Takes”?

Anyone else want to weigh in and offer Alok2978 some advice?

Best of luck Alok and keep us updated on your journey!

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Alok,

I would recommend starting with the ISM v2 cert as a base.  That will give you the Associate level cert for any of the other Specialist/Expert certs that you would like to persue (as mentioned by Debi).  EMC has published a book entitiled "Information Storage and Management" (make sure you get the second edition) that could be used to pass the exam.

Without specific storage experience, you will need to get as much training and certification as possible to get your foot in the door with potential employers.

reginaldreed
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Alok,

The other advice that you've been given is very good and worth considering.  Something else you may want to do, whenever you want to change the technical focus of your career is to look for opportunities, preferably within your existing company, where you can utilize your current skill set while adding additional responsibilities.  This can be a bridge to gaining experience and skills in your new target career.

Good luck in your journey!

alok2978
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Hello Mitch,

Thanks for your suggestion. Yes, I do agree with you.

Could you please elaborate on "Without specific storage experience"? Do you mean that I need to learn at least one Storage array from any of the vendor (EMC/NetApp/HP/Hitachi) in depth to get solid foundation in my new career move?

Thanks for your reply.

-Alok

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alok2978
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Thank you so much Debi for your advice. It was very helpful.

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Alok,

I'm saying that if you don't have hands-on experience with storage, then you need as much academic knowledge as possible.

I will also echo Reginald's suggestion of looking for internal opportunities within your existing company.  If that is not possible, try to look for a job that includes some of your strengths, but also gives you an opportunityto work with storage.  This is where having as much academic knowledge as possible will help.

Good luck in your pursuit!

--Mitch