Sun Certification Overview
Sun Microsystems is a large company with interests in many technologies, including hardware, operating systems and programming languages. Sun certifications have occupied at least one slot in IT professionals’ Top 10 lists for years now, particularly for Solaris and Java credentials.
Sun offers certifications in four technology areas, as follows:
- Java Technology: These certifications focus on the Java programming language, plus various development environments, and range all the way from entry- to senior-level enterprise architect credentials (five named credentials total).
- Solaris Operating System: These certifications cover system, network and security administrators for various versions of Solaris (three named credentials total).
- Network Storage: These certifications center around job roles related to Sun’s network storage products, including data management engineer, backup and recovery engineer and storage architect (three named credentials total).
- Sun ONE Middleware: Based on Sun’s Open Net Environment (ONE), these credentials cover building applications for or using services in this environment (two named credentials in all).
In the sections that follow, I explore the credentials that fall into each of these four technology areas. Table 1 names all 13 Sun credentials and shows where they fit into those areas.
By certified population size, Java and Solaris certifications far outnumber those for storage or Sun ONE (hundreds of thousands for the former, thousands for the latter). But by and large, all Sun credentials have reasonable value and cachet in today’s marketplace.
Table 1: A Bird’s-eye View of Sun Certifications
No. of Exams
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform
Sun Certified Developer for the Java 2 Platform