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What's needed to become a storage engineer?

What education, training, experience, etc. should a storage engineer have? I currently work as a Tier2 Technical Support Engineer for Sun Mircosystems in their storage group and would like to position myself technically for the future in the storage industry.

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I don't know what Tier 2 means at Sun but my opinion is that Sun support people have a pretty good grasp on some of the most difficult aspects of storage - volume management. Here are some things that I think storage engineers should know:

  • Fibre Channel networking fundamentals. How HBAs, loops and switches communicate - how zoning is applied, how LUN masking is applied.
  • Volume management fundamentals, RAID, mirroring
  • Backup and recovery fundamentals, media management, automation
  • Basic Ethernet/IP networking knowledge
  • Basic understanding of file system and database storage functions
  • Basic understanding of storage virtualization. (This is almost the same as volume management but with communications differences.)


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This was first published in October 2001

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