Sunday, November 16, 2014

NetApp From the Ground Up - A Beginner's Guide Part 1

I have recently started working on a FlexPod environment. The environment relies on NetApp for all of its storage needs, but unfortunately for me I hadn't worked with NetApp products before. Because of this I have been spending most of my spare time reading and labbing so that I could build my skills up in the shortest amount of time possible.

An issue I ran into right from the start, and what I plan to resolve with a series of posts, is the lack of structured information that is aimed at people who have never touched NetApp's products before. (I'm happy to be proven wrong so please feel free to comment on this post or e-mail me if you feel I am incorrect). Perhaps I'm just used to being spoiled being a Cisco guy, as there are plenty of structured resources for most Cisco certifications.

Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of NetApp documentation out there, as are there blogs, NetApp instructional videos, etc, but as the material doesn't flow from topic to topic, you're left piecing bits and pieces of information together. Having said this, I hope I don't sound like I'm complaining because I have actually thoroughly enjoyed the process.

One other thing I would like to mention is that most of the notes I have collected during my studies were from numerous sources. I'm simply putting other peoples' information together in a structured manner. Because of this, I will include references for each piece of information so that the authors will get the recognition that they deserve. Further to this, in most cases I have only collected snippets of information from each source, so please also visit the reference links if you'd like to view an unedited/unsnipped version of the information.

Finally, once I have completed this series of posts, I will release them in PDF format along with a table of contents to enable easy searching and navigation.

Now that I have the intro out of the way, my next post will jump straight into it. I hope you enjoy it.

Other Posts in this Series:

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