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    Picture This: A Visual Guide to Redundant Arrays

    A basic understanding of the technology behind RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a necessity for many entry-level certifications, yet the concept can be difficult to make sense of. Currently, certification candidates need to know the topic — again, at a basic level — for all three of the core CompTIA certifications (A+, Network+, …

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    Salary Survey PLUS — ISACA

    A favorite question among certification candidates is the one about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: How much money will I make after I finish this certification? There are several factors that determine salary, of course, but a good certification can be a strong argument for someone seeking a raise or …

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    Dear CertMag: I want to work in IT security

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I’ve been using and messing with computers since junior high school. I tried college for a couple of years, but it just doesn’t work for …

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    Shuffling the deck of MySQL certifications

    When Oracle acquired Sun in January of 2010, it inherited the MySQL database and the associated Sun certification program. The MySQL certification exams were immediately added to the Oracle Certifications Program. With the exception of altering the title (i.e. Sun Certified MySQL Associate became Oracle Certified Associate, MySQL 5), the certification exams have been left …

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    Dear CertMag: How do I make time for certification?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I have a full-time job and my wife and I have four active children who seem to produce a never-ending stream of homework and school projects. …

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    Wearing your certification on your sleeve

    The Oracle Certification Program announced in January the availability of branded merchandise for professionals who have earned one or more certifications. At this time, there are only a handful of items available: two styles of shirts (a T-shirt and a polo shirt), a gym bag, and journals in two sizes. I am surprised how fast …

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    Building a better mousetrap: The science of certification exams

    Certification can help enhance your skills and increase your earning potential. If you want to understand networking, or security …

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    Press Pass: Ask for (and get) a raise, fathoming SDN and more

    Welcome to the latest installment of Press Pass, where CertMag blows through as many industry press releases, blogs, dispatches, messages in a bottle, etc., as we can fit in one post. We’ve got the highlights and you can click thru straight to the horse’s mouth for more information.

    Taking IT to the troops: There are …

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    CCNMA: She’s got a way of talking — Her

    CertMag goes to the movies: Looking for love in all the byte places.

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    People in Certification — Mr. Carrera’s Opus

    This feature, by Breanna Olaveson and Cody Clark, first appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    Johnny Carrera didn’t set out to become a magician, or even just a teacher. But he has pulled off something magical in a decade of teaching IT skills to kids at Holmes High School, a …

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