Storage, Salaries and Slipups

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I’m probably not telling you anything new when I point out that storage is shaping up to be one of the hottest new IT specialties. An increasing number of certification programs are becoming available, and those programs offer increasing value to IT careers.

Consider this: According to IDC research, use of disk storage systems climbed by more than 40 percent in the second quarter last year, compared to 2003. Storage as a career choice has been growing for years, and there’s no end in sight.

You can find that fact and other storage-related information in an article from CertMag Associate Editor Brian Summerfield online at Brian’s article looks at the growth of storage and spotlights several leading storage certification programs you might want to check out.

There’s more on storage: Check out page 24, where Technology Editor Ed Tittel spotlights some tools and solutions for managing storage.

That storage theme is what I consider the good news, the chance to spotlight a discipline worth investigating. But let me show you another side of that coin. When you study storage, you’ll learn the lesson that drives the field: Things go wrong. Accidents happen. Systems melt down. Mistakes are made.

We learned that the hard way recently, and storage suffered the most. In December, we ran our annual salary survey, listing average salaries for major certifications, based on input from nearly 35,000 IT professionals. Unfortunately, some of the data was lost in translation, and we failed to report the noteworthy value of the storage certifications.

Based on our salary survey, EMC Proven Professional should have been listed as the second-highest-paying program, with an average salary of $93,470. You wouldn’t think that much money could get misplaced, but it happened.

Worse yet, it happened to other programs as well. The following programs and average annual salaries also weren’t reported as they should have been:



  • Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA)—$72,500
  • HDI—$68,020
  • Nortel Networks Certified Design Expert (NNCDE)—$89,380
  • Novell CDE—$72,450
  • ll Certified Linux Engineer (CLE)—$84,780
  • Oracle DBA OCM—$83,260
  • Sun Certified Developer for Java Web Services—$83,500
  • Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for the Java 2 Platform—$85,690


We apologize for the oversights. If you visit the salary survey article and charts at, you’ll find the information updated.

That’s something else you’ll learn when studying storage: Since systems break down, solutions are needed to minimize problems, correct the errors, ensure speedy recovery and safeguard for the future. We learned that lesson.

Tim Sosbe
Editorial Director


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