Online Storage Network Training – What’s its Value?

Online Storage Network Training seems to be all the rage these days – and I can understand why.  With the cost and hassle of traveling outside of your hometown, or having to pay an experienced instructor – someone that has actually worked in the industry and with the equipment and people that develop the Standards – to come in and provide this training, getting this training online can look attractive.

But I wanted to ask the question, which is in the title of this post:

What’s the Value in Online Storage Network Training?

I asked this because of a recent Google search I did about some specifics of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and found a video that was basically a 5 to 6 minute presentation about the topic I was searching for.  But after watching the video, which contained information I already know, I had another question which was “How valuable would this be for a ‘real’ student?” – a student that needed to know these specifics and apply this information to their job.

This is my personal definition and experience with the students that I teach: Engineers, Programmers, Test Engineers, System Integrators, etc., that have to REALLY know this information and apply it to their job – usually immediately after class is over.  These students are “smart” people already, so their employer or clients expect them to attend my classes and come back with a LOT of knowledge that can be immediately put to use “getting the job done”.

So why this post?  Because I was thinking about these students and wanted to know if they would get any value out of a series of “Video Lessons” about a particular subject (let’s say iSCSI).  Would that type of platform (watching online videos about iSCSI) be “good enough” to get the information needed to help them do their jobs?

That also brings up other questions too, like:

  • How do you learn best?
  • Would a self-paced, online iSCSI training course be of value to you?
  • Would a “real-time” online class (where you can ask questions of a live instructor) be better?
  • What would you like to have available to you in such a training platform (Q&A box, Chat Window, FAQ List, a forum that can be searched, etc.)?

If you would like to provide some input or answers to any of the above questions, please register and post a comment below.

Take Care, Greg

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Greg - April 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

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Another Online SAN Training Class March 7

Another Online SAN Training Class, covering SCSI Architecture and Commands, is scheduled for March 7 through March 10, 2011 and is coming up soon.  This is a similar class as the one I mentioned last July (2010).  You can see all the details in that post (found here –> Online SAN Training – SCSI Architecture and Commands).  I believe the links in that post still work.

I just noticed that there were a few folks searching for books about storage and online training that ended up on that page. so this might be the course for you.  Just so you know up front, this is NOT free and like any other product, you get what you pay for.  So if you are ready to invest in your own education, knowledge, and future in the Storage Industry, please join me for this online class.

Hope to “see you” online soon.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Greg - February 23, 2011 at 8:22 PM

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What Would You Like to See?

As a final post of the year, I would like to ask you a question:
What would YOU like to see covered on this site?

Of course it should be something related to Storage Area Networks – such as some question about iSCSI, SCSI, or perhaps something about how these storage devices are configured or used.

I would also like to say Happy New Year to all of my subscribers and folks that have taken the time to contribute comments or questions in the past year.  I really could not have done it without you, so a big Thank You is also in order.

So if you have a particular area of interest, please let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

Take Care

3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Greg - December 31, 2010 at 5:06 PM

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