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NetApp cDOT 8.3: new features, courses and specializations

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

At the end of 2014 NetApp launched the new version of its operating system: clustered Data ONTAP 8.3, also known as cDOT 8.3. This version contains new features compared to 8.2. The arrival of these features has consequences for the NetApp courses, certifications and specializations.

In this blog post I will explain the most important new features of NetApp cDOT 8.3, which NetApp courses will change and which will stay the same.

What is different in NetApp cDOT 8.3 compared to NetApp cDOT 8.2?

NetApp cDOT 8.3 contains the following new features:

  • MetroCluster technology
  • IPspaces
  • Improvement in SnapMirror functionality
  • Advanced Drive Partitioning (ADP)

Which NetApp courses will change with the arrival of NetApp cDOT 8.3?

The course Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 Administration (DCADM) will be replaced by the course Clustered Data ONTAP Administration and Data Protection (CDOTDP). The duration of the course remains unchanged: 5 days. The course is a preparation for the exam NSO-156 and will be available in March.
The other courses that will change with the arrival of NetApp cDOT 8.3 are the NFS and the CIFS courses: Data ONTAP NFS Administration and Data ONTAP SMB (CIFS) Administration. These changed courses will also be available in March.

Will the certification change? Will there be a new NetApp cDOT 8.3 exam?

Not in the very near future. The NS0-156 exam is still the exam that needs to be taken successfully to obtain the NCDA certification. It is however expected that a specific exam for NetApp cDOT 8.3 will be implemented this year.

Will the courses on Data ONTAP 7-Mode still exist?

Yes. There are after all still organizations that work with Data ONTAP 7-Mode.

Is there an update course available that will address the differences between NetApp cDOT 8.2 and NetApp cDOT 8.3?

Yes. Fast Lane will develop an update workshop. In this workshop the following subjects will be addressed:

  • Support for All-Flash FAS and new NetApp hardware platforms
  • MetroCluster technology
  • VM Granular Operation and Management
  • IPspaces
  • Datamotion for LUNs
  • Improvement in SnapMirror functionality
  • Automated Non-Disruptive Upgrade (NDU)
  • Increased Flash Pool cache size
  • Support for Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
  • Advanced Drive Partitioning (ADP)
  • System Setup 3.0
  • System Manager 8.3
  • 7-mode transition tools
  • SnapVault enhancements

What is the difference between Data ONTAP Cluster-Mode and clustered Data ONTAP?

There is none. Since version 8.2 of the operating system the product is called clustered Data ONTAP.

Are all NetApp courses available on the cDOT platform?

Almost. The course Administration of OnCommand Management Solutions (AOCMCDOT) for OnCommand is expected in March. This version is suitable for OnCommand on cDOT. The course has a duration of 2 days.

The cDOT specialization is added to the NetApp partner program. What does your organization need to do to obtain the NetApp cDOT specialization?

Within the cDOT specialization there are 3 distinctive roles: the role of sales professional, the role of SE specialist and the role of PS professional. Your organization needs to have an established amount of certified employees in its service:

  • 5 sales professionals
  • 2 SE specialisten
  • 2 PS professionals

These employees need to take the following courses and exams:

Sales professional

  • GetSuccessful cDOT Workshop (classical)

SE specialist

  • Clustered Data ONTAP Fundamentals (web based)
  • Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 New Features (web based)
  • Technical Positioning or Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 (web based)
  • What’s New in Data ONTAP 8.2 Licensing (web based)
  • Technical Overview or Licensing in Data ONTAP 8.2 (web based)
  • Data ONTAP License Key Replacement Scenarios (web based)
  • NetApp Transition Fundamentals (web based)
  • Technical Overview or OnCommand System Manager 3.1 (web based)
  • Technical Overview or OnCommand Unified Manager 5.x (web based)
  • Performance Analysis Fundamentals on Data ONTAP (web based)
  • Technical Overview of SnapVault on Clustered Data ONTAP (web based)
  • Clustered Data ONTAP Administration and Data Protection (classical)
  • NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator Clustered (exam)

PS professional

  • What’s New in Data ONTAP 8.2 Licensing (web based)
  • Technical Overview or Licensing in Data ONTAP (web based)
  • Data ONTAP License Key Replacement Scenarios (web based)
  • Technical Overview or OnCommand System Manager 3.1 (web based)
  • Clustered Data ONTAP Installation Workshop (classical)
  • NetApp Accredited Professional II (Clustered Data ONTAP) Assessment
  • Clustered Data ONTAP Administration and Data Protection (classical)
  • NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator Clustered (exam)

Besides taking courses and exams the NetApp partner 3 will provide client references and will perform the cDOT Demo Competency Assessment.

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