Students Prepare for Careers in Information Technology and Systems With New Storage Certification From NetApp Academic Alliances

Students Prepare for Careers in Information Technology and Systems With New 
Storage Certification From NetApp Academic Alliances Program 
Expands Academic and Industry Partnerships to Provide Educational
Experiences for the Virtualized Enterprise 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/06/13 --   As part of its
ever-expanding Academic Alliances program, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) is
launching a new NetApp Certified Storage Associate (NCSA)
certification, underscoring its commitment to providing educational
opportunities for students of information technology and computer
information systems-related programs. In the two years since the
launch of NetApp's innovative industry-academic partnership program,
students have logged thousands of online training hours reinforcing
the fundamental role that storage and data management have in virtual
shared infrastructures. Given the increasing demand for storage-savvy
college graduates, NetApp is providing students with an entry-level
industry credential that will document their expertise and give them
additional credibility when entering the job market. 
Coinciding with the growing storage-related IT needs among
enterprises, greater demand will be placed on IT/CIS professionals
who can benefit from a practical data management curriculum. To that
end, NetApp recently initiated a range of academic collaborative
projects with schools and universities located domestically and
abroad, from Germany to Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.
Notably, NetApp engaged with Wake Technical Community College, a
two-year accredited technical training school in the Research
Triangle region of North Carolina, to develop a new storage-focused
curriculum that will prepare students for entry-level customer
support roles. 
"With the increasing importance for IT workers to understand storage
and data management technologies, we wanted to extend our courses and
coverage of these topics," said Matthew D. Zullo, Computer
Information Technology Department Head, Wake Technical Community
College. "Wake Tech has been working with NetApp to develop several
exciting new courses on storage and virtualization that will leverage
the Academic Alliances curriculum materials and provide our students
with broader IT skills and career opportu
Internationally, NetApp is working with Singapore Polytechnic, the
first polytechnic established in Singapore, to integrate a virtual
NetApp(R) Data ONTAP(R) storage simulator (VSIM) into its Center for
Cloud Computing and Embedded Systems curriculum. This will provide
Singapore Polytechnic students with experience working with
industry-leading storage management tools. 
"Our goal in the Center is to develop a next generation of
technologists who are trained in the latest trends and technologies
in cloud computing and data center management," said Steven Chew,
senior lecturer, technology cluster leader for Cloud Computing &
Embedded Systems, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
Singapore Polytechnic. "Incorporating NetApp's storage solutions and
materials into our courses gives our students exposure to the
industry-leading storage management systems that provide the
foundation of today's cloud and data center infrastructures."  
While growing its academic partnerships, NetApp has also continued to
build on its long-standing technical collaboration with industry
leaders such as Teradata. NetApp recently joined the Teradata
University Network (TUN) as the newest technology partner to provide
TUN's 3,000 faculty members with teaching materials and resources on
storage, high-performance computing, big data, and analytic solutions
such as Hadoop. Capitalizing on the success of the NetApp FlexPod(R)
solution, which delivers prevalidated architectures and solutions for
cloud infrastructures and data center consolidation, NetApp has
started expanding its curriculum offerings to include networking and
virtualization resources as well. 
"With the growth of information, we believe the future of computing
will be data centric. To support this, IT communities are going to
require an experienced and skilled workforce that understands storage
and its important role in data infrastructure," said Regina Kunkle,
vice president of State and Local Government and Education, NetApp
Public Sector. "We are building programs and alliances within
academia and industry to ensure students and graduates entering the
job market are fluent in the enabling technologies propelling
data-centric organizations." 
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