Cisco Announces Storage Specialization Program

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With today’s continued growth of electronic data, evolving government regulations and emerging technologies for the delivery of data life cycle management and virtualization, IT organizations are focusing their efforts on storage. To help meet the increasing customer demand for intelligent storage area networking (SAN) solutions that will help further decrease total cost of ownership and simplify the management of storage resources, Cisco Systems will expand its current certification program to include Cisco Qualified Specialist programs focused on the storage networking market.

“The SAN market is going through a major transition driven by customer demand for SAN fabric consolidation, improved business continuance and disaster recovery,” said Edison Peres, vice president of Advanced Technologies, Worldwide Channels at Cisco. “This market transformation requires qualified channel partners to serve an expanding role, representing a tremendous opportunity for these companies. Our Storage Networking Specialization will help our channel partners develop the knowledge and skills to further accelerate customer adoption of Cisco intelligent SAN solutions.”


The new certifications will further develop the skills and knowledge required to design, deploy and support highly scalable, distributed storage environments based on converged architectures for single offices, remote sites or enterprises. Individuals who have earned an associate-level career certification or higher are eligible to become qualified in these focused areas.


Cisco will offer two new tracks that will focus on implementations with the Cisco MDS 9000 Series. The Cisco Storage Networking Design Specialist trains individuals to integrate Cisco’s storage products to design highly scalable and reliable storage networks. The Cisco Storage Networking Support Specialist can install, configure and troubleshoot Cisco storage products to maintain a highly scalable storage environment and provide quick and accurate resolution to network installation and customer service issues.


Many of the Cisco Qualified Specialist certifications are required for those seeking to meet the role requirements of a Cisco Partner Specialization, a program specifically for Cisco partners and resellers who seek to become specialized for partner benefits, enabling them to earn points toward partner certification under the Cisco Channel Partner Program.


Certification holders can also utilize the Cisco Certifications Community, a knowledge-sharing portal exclusively for Cisco certified individuals, which has recently launched an interactive SAN Rover game on storage. The free exclusive community portal ( serves as a platform for Cisco-certified individuals to network and interact with peers to share best practices. The Cisco Certifications Community offers access to news, discussion groups, video presentations, white papers, articles and learning program information. Cisco also recently introduced Certifications Connect—a monthly live talk show on learning topics—for its certified customers on the Community. Past shows on security, recertification and the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification are archived at for free viewing.


Training may be purchased via Cisco Learning Credits that are redeemable at participating Cisco Learning Partner locations.


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