Nicholas Elliott

Nicholas Elliott

Professional Services Consultant




I primarily work with NetApp storage and have focused on migrating data from 7-mode storage systems to cluster mode (CDOT) storage. I have a firm background in SAN and NAS based storage and have some working exposure to HP and Hitachi storage arrays. When unique problems require unique solutions, I have proven I am able to meet those needs. I have performed analysis on a dynamic storage environment and created specialized software to meet business reporting requirements.

Work Experience

Work Experience

  • Professional Services Resident – The Walt Disney CompanyNetApp Inc.

    Apr, 2014 - Present2 years 11 months

    • Responsible for migrating data from legacy N-series to new CDOT systems

    • Assisted customer with environment wide standardizations on new NetApp storage

    • Educated customer on NetApp management tools such as OCUM, OCPM, & WFA

    • Created event specific powershell scripts to perform volume, qtree, and share name standardization

    • Created powershell scripts that aid in both 7-mode and cluster pre-event and post-event tasks

    • Reported areas NetApp products can fill customer’s storage needs, i.e. OCI, CloudONTAP & AltaVault

    • Developed process to perform post migration standardization utilizing NetApp Powershell toolkit

    • Migrated 1.6Pb across 4 sites in 112 cutover events with no NetApp cancellations/reschedules

    • Renamed & standardized 1244 volumes and 3700 shares using 2million lines of PowerShell code

    • Convinced customer to enable thin provisioning adding 1.4Pb of efficiency savings

    • Found and remediated many best practice gaps throughout the customer’s online storage footprint

  • Data Migration Engineer (Contractor)HD Supply

    Jan, 2014 - Apr, 20143 months

    • Installed ONTAP 8.2 Cluster Mode to FAS3240s, creating the organization’s first ONTAP cluster

    • Migrated user NFS exports and CIFS shares from existing 7-mode vfilers to cluster vservers

    • Coordinated with business lines to ensure smooth execution of data migration minimizing downtime

    • Introduced snap creator framework and Unified Manager Core (DFM) for Clustermode into environment

    • Configured Snap Creator Framework plugins for VMware & database applications

    • Maintained health of SAN and NAS infrastructure on HP, Hitachi, and NetApp platforms

    • Respond to DFM (NetApp) and Storageworks (HP) alerts

    • Developed java application that makes ONTAPI calls and outputs data to house chargeback application

  • Technical Support Engineer – Federal & Major AccountsNetApp Inc.

    Mar, 2012 - Jan, 20141 year 10 months

    • Responds to and resolved P1 storage system issues

    • Provides ONTAP, CIFS, NFS, SAN and Hardware configuration support

    • Quickly develops action plans tailored to specific environment requirements

    • Skilled at reading configuration and log data from NetApp, Unix, and VMware equipment

    • Handles complex and time sensitive situations for customers

    • Recommends best practices and bug info when relevant issues present in customer systems

  • Consultant NetApp Engineer to Bio Plus Specialty PharmacyValintry LLC.

    Aug, 2013 - Nov, 20133 months

    • Configured initial install of FAS2220 storage system and iSCSI SAN network infrastructure

    • Providing initial setup, best practice recommendations and training of NetApp products

    • Providing initial setup and training support to permanent staff of SAN environment

    • Providing advice on datacenter design tailored to business needs with respect to budgetary constraints

  • Information Technology Field Technician Temp.SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

    Aug, 2011 - Jan, 20125 months

    • Maintained company networks, computers, Motorola trunked radios and access control systems

    • Problem solved issues related to analog and digital phones and the servicing switches

    • Provided IT support to Active Directory/Exchange users as well as users of Internet/Intranet systems

    • Delivered IT services to company clients using special events center as well as internal company events

  • Mission Systems CraftsmanUS Air Force

    Aug, 2001 - Aug, 20098 years

    • Managed 6 direct reports while overseeing approximately 50 troops

    • Repaired Air Force Special Operations Command weapon system avionics packages

    • Developed expertise in RADAR and radio communications/navigation

    • Supported the maintenance of airborne infrared imaging systems

    • Installed VoIP and other airborne data links on AC-130H gunships deployed in Afghanistan

    • Acted as lead trainer to peers on maintenance practices of airborne data networks and infrared imaging

Volunteer Work

Volunteer Work

  • CTO, Mooney Summit Inc.

    Jan, 2012 - Present

    • Setup and manage IT SaS applications (email, docs, internal mailing list/forum) for staff use

    • Lead web developer





  • NetApp Storage Systems
    ONTAPSolidFireSANNASStorage Grid
  • OnCommand Software Suite
    InsightUnified ManagerPerformance MonitorWorkflow Automation (WFA)
  • Scripting/Automation


  • AA: General Education, Associates, Seminole Community College

    Jan, 2008 - Jun, 2009

  • AS: Avionic Systems Technology, Associates, Community College of the Air Force

    Aug, 2001 - Jun, 2009



  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Seminole State

    Awarded on: Jun 01, 2009

  • Spirit of the Summit Mooney Summit Inc.

    Awarded on: Jun 01, 2009



  • Coding

    Angular 2NodeJsPowerShellC#PythonJava
  • Flying

  • Dogs



  • Bruce Kreimeier, Technical Support Manager - NetApp

    Nick reported to me for one year providing support to our Federal and Major Account customers. He is a seasoned professional and a well-rounded, knowledgeable technologist. He has often offered solutions related to best practices, as well as innovative suggestions to difficult process and technical problems. I valued Nick's opinion and approaches even when facing the most difficult of managerial circumstances. It has been my pleasure working with Nick and know he will be successful in his career and future endeavors.