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IBM Certified Specialist - XIV Storage System Technical Solutions V4

Job Role Description / Target Audience

Note: This certification will be withdrawn on 08/31/2015.   The most current certification is: IBM Certified Specialist - XIV Storage Systems Technical Solutions V5

This specialist demonstrates the ability to design an XIV solution based on customer needs, and has the ability to articulate performance parameters, understands how to do a proper sizing of the initial configuration and future scalability, as well as explain and sell the product accurately to set realistic expectations.  The specialist can explain the benefits of grid-based storage architecture and differentiate it from other storage architectures.  He/she can also demonstrate the ability to ensure proper interoperability using the appropriate tools and references, and knows how to design end-to-end storage architecture.  

Products included on this certification exam are:  XIV Storage System, and general knowledge of associated products Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, IBM Systems Director Storage Control, SAN Volume Controller, ProtecTIER. 

This specialist can perform the following without assistance: provide pre-sales technical assistance in an XIV sale; work effectively in heterogeneous operating system environments; explain advanced XIV software capabilities; identify environments where XIV is an appropriate solution; articulate competitive advantages of XIV from a pre-sales technical perspective; advise the customer on installation pre-requisites; ensure interoperability in the existing environment; knowledge and awareness of complimentary products and functions including VMware vCenter plug-in, VAAI, Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, SAN Volume Controller; knowledge of specific tools and resources, and when to use them. 

This specialist can perform the following with assistance: understand the technical components of the solution and create a project plan to support implementation and migration; perform integration with other storage and software products; submit an RPQ/SCORE; explain how to connect to IBM i using VIOS. 

This specialist has experience with the following tools and resources:  XIV GUI, demo mode, and performance analysis (XIV TOP); XIV manuals, support documentation and redbooks; IBM supporting processes for XIV solution design (Techline, ATS, Technical Advisor); Disk Magic; Technical and Delivery Assessments; eConfig;  TCOnow!; Alinean; System Storage Interoperability Center (SSIC); PartnerWorld portal.

Recommended Prerequisite Skills

Complete the Enterprise Storage Technical certification, or have two years equivalent storage technical sales experience.  Hands-on experience with the XIV system user interface is recommended.  


This certification requires 1 test(s).

Test(s) required:

Click on the link(s) below to see test details, test objectives, suggested training and sample tests.

  1. C4090-456 - IBM XIV Storage System Technical Solutions V4


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