Job Role Description / Target Audience
Note: This certification will be withdrawn on 01/31/2013. The most current certification is: IBM Certified Specialist - Storwize V7000 Technical Solutions V2
The IBM Storwize V7000 Certified Specialist provides pre-sales technical assistance during the sales cycle, and understands the workload characteristics that would point the customer to a Storwize V7000 solution, as compared to other IBM storage solutions. This specialist demonstrates the ability to design a Storwize V7000 solution based on customer needs, understand how to do a proper sizing, as well as explain and sell the product accurately to set realistic expectations. This specialist can explain the benefits of storage virtualization, and how it is different than traditional SAN attached storage. He/she can also demonstrate the ability to ensure proper interoperability using the appropriate tools, and knows how to design the storage networking layout to properly deploy application servers for optimum performance.
IBM products included on this certification exam include IBM Storwize V7000, Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Disk Midrange Edition, Tivoli Storage Productivity for Replication, Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack, IBM Systems Director Storage Control, RASM and RAB.
This specialist can perform the following tasks without assistance: Provide pre-sales technical assistance during the Storwize V7000 sales cycle; explain the benefits and advantages of a virtualized storage infrastructure; work effectively in heterogeneous operating system environments; demonstrate a working knowledge of Storwize V7000 hardware (clustering), and expansion options; explain advanced Storwize V7000 software capabilities; identify appropriate situations for associated software products; identify opportunities where Storwize V7000 is an appropriate solution, as well as where IBM SAN Volume Controller may be the better alternative; articulate competitive advantages of Storwize V7000 from a pre-sales technical perspective; identify situations and applications where use of Easy-Tier (solid-state drives) would be beneficial; determine appropriate use of different drive types based on performance, RAID configuration, solution requirements; identify situations where iSCSI would be appropriate as compared to Fibre Channel; demonstrate a basic understanding of system implementation, e.g. number of IP connections, electrical requirements, enclosure cabling, SAN infrastructure, etc.) and migration; perform basic configuration of the Storwize V7000 for the customer when required.
This specialist can perform the following tasks with assistance: Plan for business continuity and disaster recovery scenarios; understand the technical components of the solution and create a resource plan to support; assist with implementation and migration; replication sizing; integrate with other storage hardware and software products; know the process to get a bandwidth analysis performed.
Recommended Prerequisite Skills
- Complete the IBM Certified Specialist - Midrange Storage Technical Support certification, or have two years equivalent storage technical sales experience.
- Have basic hands-on experience in a Storwize V7000 technical support role.
- Experience with IBM SAN Volume Controller is desirable.
This certification requires 1 test(s).
Click on the link(s) below to see test details, test objectives, suggested training and sample tests.
- 000-956 - IBM Storwize V7000 Technical Solutions V1