I have done a fair amount of travel with IBM, but this was my first visit to Taipei.
I must say I loved the energy and enthusiasm of the place.
While there I taught a new course: Storwize V7000 Implementation (SSE01)
For those who are familiar with IT education, IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) Education comes in 4 forms:
1) Lecture Only
2) Lecture with simulated labs
3) Lecture with remote remote labs
4) Lectures with local labs
This particular course is the third type, meaning it consists of lectures combined with remote labs.
This means we connected via VPN to actual machines located in Raleigh, North Carolina.
We had access to multiple pods, where each pod has its own Storwize V7000, plus a DS3400, SAN switches and hosts running AIX and Windows.
In addition IBM Taiwan secured a demonstration Storwize V7000 for us to have in the classroom (to see and touch and do initial config on).
This was the first time the course had been offered in Taiwan and everyone was very excited to be part of it.
The agenda looked something like this:
• Unit 1 - Introduction to the IBM Storwize V7000
• Unit 2 – Enclosures and RAID Arrays
* Labs: initial config, accessing the GUI and CLI, configuring internal and external storage and defining attached hosts
• Unit 3 – Fabric Zoning
• Unit 4 – Thin provisioning and Volume Mirroring
• Unit 5 – Data Migration Facilities part 1
* Labs: Accessing storage from AIX and Windows hosts via fibre channel and iSCSI, Easy Tier Part 1, migration part 1
• Unit 5 – Data Migration Facilities part 2
• Unit 6 – Easy Tier
• Unit 7 – Managing IBM Storwize V7000
* Labs: Migration part 2, Thin provisioning, RAID options, Easy Tier part 2
By the conclusion of the course the students had had many hours enjoying the new GUI, which I thought was really important.
Hands on operation of a system is the best way to learn.
Those that already knew SVC found the course quite easy, but everyone felt that they had learnt a lot.
The chance to use Easy Tier and do a live migration was really important.
I certainly enjoyed teaching the course and look forward to teaching it again!
For those who live in Australia, yes we are going to offer the course locally.
As soon as I have dates I will share them with you.