Number of questions: 60
Number of questions to pass: 36
Time allowed: 90 mins
This exam consists of 4 sections described below.
Basic Implementation 20%
Given a scenario, perform basic configuration tasks associated with IBM Storwize or FlashSystem V9000.
Given a scenario, gather basic installation requirements.
Demonstrate knowledge of integration with other storage hardware and software products.
Demonstrate knowledge of pre-sales and post-sales tools and resources.
General Overview 25%
Differentiate among IBM’s virtualized products including Storwize and FlashSystem V9000.
Given a scenario, describe the benefits of a virtualized storage infrastructure that influences the decision-making process.
Given a scenario, describe the benefits of the different hardware architectures within IBM’s virtualized portfolio including IBM Storwize and FlashSystem V9000.
Explain how IBM Spectrum Control enhances IBM’s virtualized products including Storwize and FlashSystem V9000.
Explain how IBM Spectrum Protect enhances IBMs virtualized products including Storwize and FlashSystem V9000 solutions.
Solution Design 28%
Given a scenario, create an IBM Storwize or FlashSystem V9000 system layout to meet customer requirements.
Given a scenario, evaluate drive types and RAID configurations to meet customer and solution requirements.
Given a scenario, identify networking protocols required to meet customer requirements.
Given a scenario, describe advanced usage of IBM Spectrum Control with IBM Storwize or FlashSystem V9000.
Demonstrate knowledge of pre-sales tools and resources.
System and Advanced Functions Knowledge 27%
Identify ways the IBM Storwize family and FlashSystem V9000 enable security.
Given a scenario, describe IBM Storwize family and FlashSystem V9000 advanced functions.
Given a scenario, explain components and functions included in a standard software license and what is optional and/or chargeable.
Given a scenario, compare and contrast the difference between converged and non-converged systems.
Given a scenario, describe advanced usage of IBM Spectrum Control with IBM Storwize products and FlashSystem V9000.
This exam has an Assessment Exam option: A9020-662 Assessment: IBM Virtualized Storage V1
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IBM Virtualized Storage V1 certification preparation education can be found at the sites below.
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Business Partners: IBM PartnerWorld University
PartnerWorld Code: 23003605
Replaces PW Code: 23003604
The IBM Virtualized Storage Technical Specialist provides pre-sales technical assistance during the sales cycle and understands the workload characteristics that differentiate members of the IBM Storwize family, IBM FlashSystem V9000, IBM Spectrum Virtualize, and VersaStack solutions. This specialist can utilize all available IBM tools to design a solution based on the most appropriate IBM solutions and technologies that meet customer requirements. The specialist can support the implementation of these solutions.
IBM products included on this certification exam include the IBM Storwize family, specifically IBM Storwize V7000, IBM Storwize V5010, IBM Storwize V5020, IBM Storwize V5030F and IBM Storwize V7000F; IBM Spectrum Virtualize; IBM Virtualized Storage concepts; SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize software; converged infrastructure; IBM FlashSystem V9000; VersaStack, SAN; IBM Spectrum Control, IBM Spectrum Control for Storwize, IBM Spectrum Protect, hybrid cloud concepts and software-defined storage concepts.
This specialist can perform the following tasks without assistance: identify access protocols required for authentication, including LDAP, Active Directory, NTP, etc.; identify networking protocols required to meet customer requirements (FCoE, iSCSI, FC, TCP/IP, CIFS, NFS, etc.); position the IBM Storwize family and IBM FlashSystem V9000 within the IBM portfolio and with competitive offerings; understand the customer’s current environment and how a specific IBM Storwize family member will fit; design a complete IBM Storwize family/IBM FlashSystem V9000 solution that incorporates connectivity and storage software (IBM Spectrum Control and IBM Spectrum Protect); understand disk technology as it relates to supporting applications; understand configuration of storage pools as it relates to proper system design (e.g., Easy Tier, RAID level, drive type, etc.); understand the differences between advanced functionality for object, block, file data access; understand the functionality of the IBM Storwize family/IBM FlashSystem V9000 (per IBM data sheet); provide pre-sales technical assistance for the IBM Storwize family/IBM FlashSystem V9000; understand the different management techniques (e.g., CLI, GUI, IBM Spectrum Control); identify components and functions included in a standard software license, what is optional and/or chargeable, and what is included with IBM Spectrum Control; compare and contrast the IBM Storwize family and IBM FlashSystem V9000 models; discuss and perform initial set-up for the IBM Storwize family and IBM FlashSystem V9000; discuss the processes for maintenance, updates and upgrades for the IBM Storwize family and IBM FlashSystem V9000; and use eConfig to create a valid technical configuration.
This specialist can perform the following tasks with assistance: describe the difference between crash consistency vs. application consistency and how to create each; determine the optimal replication configuration for different IBM Storwize family models and IBM FlashSystem V9000; perform advanced user authentication for the IBM Storwize family and IBM FlashSystem V9000; perform data migration; perform pre-sale/pre-install Technical Delivery Assessment (TDA); perform implementation and upgrades; understand licensing of related products and undertake detailed performance sizing.
This specialist uses the following tools and resources: Techline Compete Center/Digital Techline Center (DTC); Knowledge Center, FindIT; IBM Real-Time Compression (RtC) Scan Tool; Storage Tier Advisor Tool (STAT); IBM Sales Manuals; Technical Delivery Assessment (TDA); eConfig; TCOnow!; IBM PartnerWorld; sizing tools such as Disk Magic, Capacity Magic, and Batch Magic; IBM Comprestimator Utility; System Storage Interoperability Center (SSIC) and IBM Redbooks.
Recommended Prerequisite Skills
Two years general storage experience, six or more months IBM Storwize family or FlashSystem V9000 experience; and experience with SAN storage concepts and deployment.