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StorageTek And Northern Sydney Institute Develop Australia's First Data Storage Engineering Qualification

  • 20 January, 2004 15:46

<p>~ Nationally ANTA-Accredited Diploma of Data Storage Engineering Qualification Available to Accredited Institutions Around Australia ~</p>
<p>SYDNEY Australia, January 20, 2004 -- StorageTek, the storage services and solutions expert, has developed Australia's first comprehensive, nationally accredited data storage engineering qualification in association with Northern Sydney Institute TAFE NSW.</p>
<p>The qualification, available at two levels -- Diploma of Data Storage Engineering and Certificate IV in Data Storage Engineering -- has been accredited by the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA), paving the way for accredited institutions to offer training courses.</p>
<p>"This is the first Australian qualification which meets the IT industry's need for qualified storage engineers," said Philip Belcher, Managing Director, StorageTek Australia / New Zealand. "Storage engineering is growing quickly as a specialist area as organisations discover the advantages of treating data storage as a separate discipline within their IT infrastructures. We believe that Diploma of Data Storage Engineering graduates will be the most marketable engineers in the IT industry."</p>
<p>"This is a first for TAFE NSW and a great opportunity for us to get in on the ground floor of an emerging industry," said Andrew Della Porta, Business Development Manager for the Northern Sydney Institute. "This is the first time we have developed a course based around competencies and the first time we have had such a course nationally certified. It is very exciting for us and demonstrates that we can respond quickly to industry needs."</p>
<p>StorageTek and Northern Sydney Institute are making the Data Storage Engineering qualifications available to accredited institutions under the scrutiny of ANTA which wish to offer specialised training courses.</p>
<p>"We expect that other institutions will be in a position to offer Data Storage Engineering courses from some time later this year," said Mr Belcher. "These could be TAFEs or universities, or accredited private institutions."</p>
<p>Thirty StorageTek engineers are the first to embark on the Data Storage Engineering courses. The engineers are currently undergoing assessments, with further training to be conducted by the Northern Sydney Institute and StorageTek's Learning Solutions business unit.</p>
<p>Noel Kelly, Human Resources and Training Manager for StorageTek Australia / New Zealand, approached Northern Sydney Institute to provide formal training for its storage engineers in 2003. StorageTek was in the process of establishing career paths and defined levels of professional competence for its employees. Formal structured training and qualification was a keystone for development of a professional skilled workforce of storage engineers.</p>
<p>"We wanted to put in place a template for the storage engineer of the future -- to get ahead of the game," said Mr Kelly.</p>
<p>"StorageTek has had the vision to provide a formal career path and training program for their employees. They have taken the path of investing in formal accredited training. We don't often meet companies that are prepared to do this," said Mr Della Porta.</p>
<p>Northern Sydney Institute verified that no appropriate qualification already existed. It found that existing information technology units of competency addressed only system software, network engineering, configuring and building servers, and client-user relationship support. Business services units of competency electives addressed generic business skills.</p>
<p>"When we went looking for StorageTek there was nothing," said Mr Della Porta. "ANTA develops training packages to meet training needs of most industries, but they had nothing for data storage engineering."</p>
<p>"When StorageTek looked at existing training courses, we found that no-one had come to grips with all parts of data storage," said Mr Kelly. "Currently, most engineers get trained in one vendor's product, so they find it difficult to switch between products and even harder to switch between platforms, say from mainframes to open systems storage. They get locked in. We needed non-product specific training, so we decided to take a generic, industry-wide approach."</p>
<p>StorageTek commissioned the Northern Sydney Institute to further develop and accredit a qualification for delivery to its employees. StorageTek, on Mr Kelly's initiative, had already conducted extensive functional analyses of skills required for storage engineers, and had developed initial drafts of units of competency.</p>
<p>While meeting StorageTek's specific needs, the qualification is designed for anyone wishing to pursue a career in data storage engineering. It emphasises the skills needed to provide a service to customers using data storage equipment and software.</p>
<p>The Diploma of Data Storage Engineering comprises 19 new units of competency relating to data storage systems engineering functions in open systems, mainframe and networked storage environments.</p>
<p>Students will be trained to identify and rectify hardware and software problems, install and de-install systems, troubleshoot and resolve problems related to data storage, work in and build teams, and communicate effectively with clients and customers. They will also achieve competencies in communication, business, frontline management, project management, and some network engineering.</p>
<p>ABOUT STORAGETEK
StorageTek (NYSE:STK), a $US2 billion worldwide company with headquarters in Louisville, Colo., delivers a broad range of storage solutions that are easy to manage, integrate well with existing infrastructures and allow universal access to data across servers, media types and networks. StorageTek provides practical and safe storage solutions in disk, networking, services, tape and tape automation. For more information, see www.storagetek.com.</p>
<p>TRADEMARKS: StorageTek is a registered trademark of Storage Technology Corp. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.</p>
<p>MEDIA CONTACT:
Chris Bowes
Bowes Communications
02 9387 2332
cbowes@ozemail.com.au</p>

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