Test Your Storage Skills

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Here Comes the Sun

 

 

Storage capacity requirements are on the rise. That means the demand for
skilled IT professionals who can implement storage solutions is also on
the rise. So how can you take advantage of this demand?

 

 

“The growth of storage in the last few years has been exponential. Just
take a look at the storage you had in your own computer a few years
ago,” said Rick Bunzel, worldwide director for professional
certification programs for Sun Microsystems. “Now, people are going to
more and more storage. The same thing is happening in the business
environment.”

 

 

Sun’s new Network Storage Certifications provide training and skills
benchmarking in data management, backup and recovery and storage area
networks (SANs). There are three certifications—Sun Certified Data
Management Engineer, for those who administer storage arrays; Sun Certified
Backup and Recovery Engineer, for engineers who design and implement
backup and recovery systems; and Sun Certified Storage Architect, for
storage architects who design and administer storage area networks. Each
certification requires a single exam, administered through Prometric.

 

 

“If a company such as E-Trade goes down, there’s both an immediate loss
because they can’t transfer stock transactions, and then there’s also
the potential that transactions that they had made have been lost.” said
Bunzel. “The loss potential is huge. So first, they have to have the
right storage solutions in place, and a certified storage architect can
make sure you’re putting the right solutions in place. The data
management engineer can manage the day-to-day operations, and in the
case of an emergency, the backup and recovery engineer is there to make
sure those systems come back online.”

 

 

Organizations need IT professionals who can manage their storage
solutions. As an example, Bunzel cites Visa Inc., which completes up to
4,000 transactions per second.

 

 

“We take for granted that the Visa system is always there, but they face
the same challenges as other businesses. And ultimately, it comes back
to a need for skilled people to do the design and the backups.”

 

 

For more information on Sun’s new Storage certifications, check out
http://suned.sun.com/US/certification/storage/index.html.

 

What You Get Out of Being a Joiner: Free Training!

 

 

I realize that this is a fault, but I am not a joiner. I never wanted to
be a Girl Scout when I was young. But I do know that being a joiner is a
good thing. By joining organizations, you get the chance to network,
which can help you grow your career. And now you can get another
benefit: FREE training!

 

 

The IEEE Computer Society is offering 100 free Web-based courses to its
members. This offering coincides with the launch of the Society’s
Distance Learning Campus, at
http://computer.org/DistanceLearning.

 

 

Founded in 1946, the IEEE Computer Society has almost 100,000 members.
It is the largest of the 36 societies within the IEEE (Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Its goal is to advance “the
theory, practice and application of computer and information processing
technology.” 

 

 

The free training offering is a new benefit for 2002. Topics covered
include Java, Cisco, HTML, Windows Network Security, UNIX, Visual C++
and more. Many of these courses can help you to prepare for your
certification exams, including Microsoft’s MCSE and CompTIA’s A+.

 

 

To join the IEEE Computer Society you must meet one of the following
criteria: have serious interest in any aspect of the computer field
(that covers pretty much anyone who wants to join!), be a member of an
affiliated society or be a member of IEEE or another IEEE society.

 

 

Membership offers additional benefits (as if all that free learning
weren’t enough), including discounted registration for society-sponsored
conferences and free membership in local chapters, which can help you
develop your career prospects and network with other IT pros.

 

 

For more information about the IEEE Computer Society, go to
http://www.computer.org.

 

 

Resumaniacs!

 

 

While surfing the ‘Net, I came across Resumania
(
http://www.resumania.com) —a treasure trove of resume blunders. If you
want to avoid mistakes on your resume, check it out. Or, keep reading…

 

 

“I think people get tempted to try to represent everything about
themselves on their resume, when in fact it should only be an
introductory tool,” said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of
RHI Consulting. “It should be strong enough to spark someone’s interest,
but there’s no way a piece of paper can say everything about you, and
you shouldn’t try to make it that way.”

 

 

The most common resume mistakes could be avoided easily if job
candidates would review what they’ve written. These are the typos,
grammatical errors and poor word choices that will land your resume in
the circular file. So use a spell checker, but don’t rely solely on the
spell checker, or you could end up with something like this one from
Resumania.com: 

 

 

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