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Teaching Cloud Storage and Data Management: Lessons, Labs, and Tips for Using the New NetApp Certified Storage Associate-Hybrid Cloud Certification Curriculum in Your IT Programs

Track Room Location: Heritage Hall 241

Registration for this track is now CLOSED, but you can be added to the “wait list” and be notified if and when space opens up. Simply make the “wait list” option your primary choice. While you are on the “wait list,” you will be registered into your alternate track choice.


As more organizations adopt cloud computing and service models, their ability to store, move, protect, and manage data in a cloud infrastructure quickly becomes a primary concern. Moving data from on premise cloud infrastructures to public cloud providers and hyper-scaler services like AWS and Azure makes data management even more complex, and requires new solutions and skills. As Forrester recently highlighted:

“Hybrid cloud is not just a fad. In fact, more than half (58%) of all organizations surveyed in Forrester’s Business Technographics® Global Infrastructure Survey, 2015, highlighted that they have adopted and are using multiple cloud environments — either public, hosted private, or internal private.” 1

To prepare for this move to the hybrid cloud, NetApp has developed a new, foundational-level certification - the NetApp Certified Storage Associate – Hybrid Cloud (NCSA-HC), specifically designed to introduce college and university students to the underlying concepts and technologies that hybrid clouds are built on. This innovative curriculum has a hands-on/applied learning orientation, and integrates web-based courses, virtual, self-paced labs & exercises, “test drive” demos & labs working with Amazon Web Services (AWS), a selection of just-in-time learning “Knowledge Bytes” and custom videos from NetApp’s Technical Support community. These learning assets provide a basic, yet academically rigorous track of study on hybrid cloud infrastructures. Additional review materials include an Instructor’s Guide, Student Study Guide and Practice Exam.

This track will prepare faculty to teach with, and use the innovative NCSA-HC certification curriculum as part of a dedicated storage course or as a 35-hr “module” for a cloud services course. Its modular structure will also allow instructors to leverage pieces of the curriculum in networking and virtualization courses. The track’s design is a hands-on, train-the-trainer model. You will review and take several web-based courses, you will work on recently updated self-paced labs, and you will have an opportunity to “Test Drive” and set-up NetApp’s Cloud ONTAP software within Amazon Web Services. You will leave the 5-day track with a deep understanding of cloud storage issues and approaches; you will have an in-depth understanding of the products and technologies that enable a Hybrid Cloud Solution and you will have the expertise to deploy and teach the NCSA-HC at your institution.

The goal for the week is to prepare you to understand and add value to the NCSA-HC curriculum, and to arm you with ideas and exercises to use with your students. You will also be enrolled in and eligible to complete the NC/HCSA yourself and all participants will be offered a Pearson test voucher to take the NC/HCSA exam at no charge.



Experience teaching general IT or cloud-related courses, and/or experience in working with programs such as the Cisco & VMware academies or AWS Educate would be helpful. A basic understanding of networking and cloud services would be helpful. Interest in data center and cloud infrastructures a plus.



Patrick Hughes is Senior Technical Instructor at NetApp University. He joined NetApp in 1999, and has taught nearly all technical courses produced by the company. He enjoys traveling around the world teaching NetApp courses in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

A native of Silicon Valley, Patrick has worked for several high tech companies in his career, including NetApp, Sun Microsystems, Applied Materials, and others. He has an extensive background in technical management and education.

Patrick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from the University of San Francisco, and an MBA from Regis University in Denver Colorado. He currently lives in Longmont, Colorado.

Three Objectives
1. Introduce attendees to the fundamentals of today’s hybrid cloud storage and data management solutions and storage industry trends & directions to enable them to infuse cloud data management content and concepts into various IT programs and courses.
2. Provide participants with an in-depth, hands-on, interactive, train-the-trainer experience based on the NetApp Certified Hybrid Cloud Storage Associates certification curriculum and labs.
3. Review/demonstrate the NC/HCSA Instructor Resources to prepare participants to teach and deliver all of the content in the NC-/HCSA certification to their students – and provide them a framework to add cloud storage courses and certification to their networking & virtualization courses and related-IT programs.


Day 1:

  • Welcome and Class Introductions
  • Overview of the week, proposed curriculum and learning objectives
  • Lecture/presentation on Cloud Storage Trends & Technologies
  • Review of the NC/HCSA Certification
  • Set-up and Log-in to the NetApp Faculty Learning Accounts
  • Complete 1-2 of the Foundational Web-based courses

Day 2:

  • Lecture - Teaching Clustered Data ONTAP
  • Complete the Clustered Data ONTAP WBT
  • Complete the NetApp Basic Configuration and Administration lab (Part 1)

Day 3:

  • Complete the NetApp Basic Configuration and Administration lab (Part 2)
  • Review of the NC/HCSA Instructor Guide and Review Materials
  • Complete Two of Technical Overview Courses ( AltaVault/Storage Grid / On Command)
  • Mid-Point Check-in & review

Day 4:

  • Complete the Deploying NetApp Private Storage for Amazon Web Services course

Class Project:

  • Set-up and Launch the Cloud ONTAP Test Drive Account
  • Review/explore the Cloud ONTAP with Open Stack Test Drive
  • Review/ explore the NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for AWS

Day 5:

  • Review of Knowledge Bytes and Student Study/Prep Materials
  • Take the NC/HCSA Practice Exam
  • Q&A – and Wrap Up Discussion

Additional Resources

Participants are encouraged to review these materials prior to the Workshop.

Please note that content is subject to change or modification based on the unique needs of the track participants in attendance.

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