New Storage Certification to Hit the Market

Downers Grove, Ill. &mdash; Jan. 10<br /><br />CompTIA, the global nonprofit association for the IT industry, and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), the global nonprofit association for the storage industry, announced that they are collaborating to develop and market a new professional certification for IT workers responsible for storage networking and information management.<br /><br />The credential, CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA, is designed to validate the knowledge and skills necessary to support various solutions and technologies in data storage, storage networking, data protection and the underlying interconnect technologies. A beta release of this new examination and certification is scheduled for the second quarter of 2011 with global availability in the second half of 2011. <br /><br />&ldquo;Combining the thought and technical leadership of SNIA with the global certification development and management capabilities of CompTIA will result in a credential recognized globally as the standard for validating IT professionals who manage data storage,&rdquo; said Terry Erdle, executive vice president of skills certification for CompTIA. <br /><br />Wayne M. Adams, chairman of the SNIA board of directors, states that many organizations are moving to an information-centric IT service model, whereby a flexible and dynamic physical IT infrastructure is the enabling building block. Data storage as part of this infrastructure must be robust and needs to globally support the uniform moving, sharing and processing of data and information. <br /><br />For IT organizations to fulfill this service model, the requirement for a skilled storage staff able to work internationally with a uniform set of demonstrated capabilities has been documented. The Storage+ credential is designed to be an IT storage professional&rsquo;s building block to manage the IT infrastructure. <br /><br />Communications have been initiated with curriculum and training partners worldwide, through both the CompTIA and SNIA organizations. The initial global availability of the examination in recognized testing centers will include language versions in English, Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese. Additional languages will be considered after the initial launch. <br /><br />Expansion of Data Storage Requirements <br />The expansion of data storage requirements at the vast majority of organizations is cited by a September 2010 CompTIA research survey. Nine out of 10 organizations said they expect their need for data storage capacity to increase by at least 10 percent over the next two years. More than one-third will need at least double the capacity they currently have. <br /><br />The data storage explosion extends to the IT workforce. About half of survey respondents said their organizations have at least five people who support or manage their storage technologies. Additionally, almost half expect the number of employees who support and manage storage to increase over the next two years.<br /><br />The majority of survey participants responded positively to the concept of a vendor-neutral storage certification. Top benefits of such a certification include a better understanding of storage practices, identified by 74 percent of respondents; higher confidence in storage knowledge (73 percent); and high technical expertise (71 percent).<br />

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