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NCDA IT Certification Exams
 NS0-159 - NetApp Certified Data Administrator (NCDA)

Certification overview

The certification is fundamental since ensures that the individuals get the opportunity of performing administration functions, performance management functions, support functions for network appliances, the storage solutions, controllers and the operating systems of an environment that is considered to be protocol. The candidates also get the opportunity of understanding the controller configuration processes and to protect missions and other critical data. With the certification the candidates are considered to get the required skills and knowledge in issues that concern advancement of the technological systems. In addition individuals with this certification get the opportunity of accessing other advanced certifications because of the technical skills acquired and the benefits that come along with it.

Who can do this Certification?

This certification is meant for the individuals who are interested in gaining skills and knowledge in the working of the network appliances. In addition the certification is for the candidates who intend to perfect their prior knowledge in the operation and the components of the networking appliances. The certification enables the candidates to learn fundamental areas that are not considered in other certifications like the implementation processes, configuration and the installation of the network appliances and their functions. The certification is for the candidates who are willing to opt for a career in the networking organizations.


The certification ensures that the candidates acquire the necessary skills required in the implementation of the networking appliances. The advantage is that most of the organizations require people who are experts in this field because of the presence of the networking systems. In addition the professionals get to enjoy a number of privileges; they get the opportunity of earning a salary that is satisfying, and are highly recognized. In addition they get the privilege of using the certification logo in their businesses and in the websites. The certification provides both technicality and efficiency in the IT organizations because of the high capabilities it has in terms of operation and implementation processes.

Associated exam

There is only one exam that is considered. The exam is written and it is known as the NSO-156 EXAM. The exam is meant to sharpen the skills and knowledge of the candidates in the areas that are related o the administration, maintenance and the operation of the network appliances. The exam being a foundation level ensures that the candidates obtain prior knowledge in the basics of the network appliances. In addition the written exams tests on the skills and ability to tackle the complex areas of the certification.

Pre requisites

To be able to tackle the exam the candidates are required to pass the mode exam that is known as the clustered Data ONTAP exam. The exam ensures that the candidates acquire knowledge in the network concepts, data concepts that are fundamental for the Network appliance NCDA certification. The candidates get the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the contents of the syllabus and the different expertise in the areas of interest.

The candidates are required have the field experience in implementing and the administration of the network appliance storage solutions in a multi protocol environment. The additional requirement is the candidates should know how to implement the HA controller, configurations and the data recovery processes.

Examination overview

The syllabus is divided into different domains that are to be understood before sitting for the actual exam. The candidates are also required to relate the skills acquired in class and the experience in the field. The following areas are always tested in the exams:

  • Performance management
  • Multi protocol environment
  • Net App storage controllers
  • Implementation of the control configurations
  • Data ONTAP operating system

The candidates are required to read widely in order to get the actual contents and the requirements of the exam and this is done by attempting the specimen exams that are available online. The questions are usually seventy five and they contain multiple choices though others require designed knowledge and the candidates are required to take one and a half hours to complete the exam. The passing score is usually 75% out of the possible 100%.

Validity of certification

The certificate is valid for two years starting from the date of the exam. The renewing process is considered as the recertification process where the candidates are required to meet. They have the option of sitting for a related exam before the time elapses or progress to the next level of the certification before the certification expires.

Expert review

The Network appliance certification is fundamental in the information technology industry. The certification is also important to the employers who sell Net App. This has given rise to unsolicited job offers in the market for the Net App vendors.

Greg Porter, computer geek, Private company,

Coast of California USA.


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