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NCDA: NetApp Certified Data Administrator

Best Storage Certifications 2018

NetApp has been in the storage business since 1992 and offers a broad line of products and systems for backup and recovery, traditional and virtualized storage and cloud-based data centers. Although NetApp has some stiff competition — Dell EMC, HPE and Hitachi, to name a few — the company understands the value of flexibility and integration with other third-party products. For example, NetApp worked with Cisco to develop FlexPod, which helps customers manage Cisco, Citrix, Cloudera, Microsoft, NetApp, Oracle, Red Hat, VMware and other applications and environments, and NetApp's hybrid cloud storage integrates with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, among others.

The NetApp Certification Program (NCP) features several certifications within five tracks: Implementation Engineer, Storage Administrator, Support Engineer, Installation Engineer and Converged Infrastructure. All NetApp certifications focus on some aspect of storage hardware or the software that powers these products. The Storage Administrator track includes the NetApp Certified Storage Associate (NCSA) as well as our featured certification, the NetApp Certified Data Administrator (NCDA), which is a professional-level credential.

The NCDA recognizes working knowledge of NetApp storage architecture, core ONTAP components, high availability, data clustering, protocol administration, storage performance, security and data protection. Candidates must be able to configure controllers running the ONTAP operating system in NFS and Windows (CIFS) environments, and understand NetApp SnapMirror, SnapRestore and SnapVault technologies.

Candidates must pass one exam but can choose either the NetApp Certified 7-Mode Data Administrator (NS0-155) or NetApp Certified Data Administrator, ONTAP (NS0-158) exam.

NetApp certifications are valid for 27 months, and credential holders must meet recertification requirements during this period to maintain their certifications.

NCDA Facts & Figures

Certification Name
NetApp Certified Data Administrator (NCDA)
Prerequisites & Required Courses
Recommended: 6 to 12 months of experience implementing and administering NetApp data storage solutions; knowledge of HA controller implementation and configuration, SyncMirror software or ONTAP solutions with single- or multi-node configurations. NetApp training courses are also available.
Number of Exams
One exam (choose from the following):

NS0-155: NetApp Certified 7-Mode Data Administrator (60 questions, 90 minutes)

NS0-158: NetApp Certified Data Administrator, ONTAP (60 questions, 90 minutes)
Cost of Exam
$150. Exams administered by Pearson VUE.
Self-Study Materials
NetApp offers instructor-led and web-based training, a practice test for the NS0-158 exam, and a list of reference documents. (See the Prepare tab on the certification web page listed above). The NetApp KB TV YouTube channel can provides how-to videos on using NetApp technology. Candidates should also browse the NetApp University and Training website for insights on training and exams. No certification study guides or practice exams were found on the NetApp site or on Amazon.

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