Volume 7

Volume 7, Number 19

April 3, 2009

11 pages617 K bytes

A Course in Storage Technologies from EMC Corporation for use in Computer Science and/or Information Technology Curricula

Ed Van Sickle
Franklin, MA 02038 USA

Abstract: Corporate CIOs and IT Managers understand that the single most critical asset of any organization is their data. They understand that more data is being created in various formats and they have regulatory requirements which require data to be available on line, for longer periods of time. IT managers face the task of creating an information infrastructure which can store, protect, manage, optimize and leverage this information. IT departments are implementing SAN ( Storage Area Networks ), NAS ( Network Attached Storage ), and Data Replication technologies to solve the problems of storage capacity, data availability, and data mobility. Increased spending on storage makes it the fastest growing segment of IT. EMC Corporation developed a Storage Technology course to teach students about the design of storage technologies. The course is “open” and focused on storage technologies, not products. Several colleges are using the course as an upper level elective offering. The course is taught by faculty. EMC provides knowledge transfer to faculty. There is no cost to join and no cost for the course. College and universities use the course to teach students about a very important topic in IT: Storage. The alliance program has reduced faculty time to develop a storage course and time to learn the topic. Faculty is responsible for credentialing students and they supplement the course with additional materials. Students are being recruited for jobs by EMC and others, including internships. This paper will explain the program and the Storage Technology course.

Keywords: Computer Science education, Industry - Education relationships, Information Science education, storage courses and curriculum, storage technologies

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Recommended Citation: Van Sickle (2009). A Course in Storage Technologies from EMC Corporation for use in Computer Science and/or Information Technology Curricula. Information Systems Education Journal, 7 (19). http://isedj.org/7/19/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2007: §2343. ISSN: 1542-7382.)