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CompTIA Pre-Launches Storage+ Cert, Free Beta Testing Underway

In partnership with the Storage Networking Industry Alliance (aka SNIA), CompTIA has created an entry level Storage+ certification for IT professionals. A beta version of this exam is available free to the first 400 people who sign up, so if you're interested you'll want to act fast. Use the discount code "storsnia" during the Pearson VUE sign-up process, when the payment page appears to see if you still qualify.

The exam number for the Storage+ exam is SG1-001, in keeping with typical CompTIA exam naming and numbering schemes (when the beta ends, the exam code will change to SG0-001, as described on CompTIA's Storage+ Web page). This credential aims to cover entry-level professionals in the increasingly popular storage networking field, with particular emphasis on networked storage, information management, and disaster recovery or business continuity planning, testing, and implementation. The public release date for this exam is stated only approximately on the Storage+ page as "Tentative exam availabilty is scheduled for early 2012."

My old colleague and competitor Emmett Dulaney provides a list of exam objectives for the Storage+ exam in a recent posting at CertCities.com entitled "New Storage+ Cert Exam Hits Beta." Check out his post for a complete list. Topic categories include the following:

  • Storage components: disk and removable media types, related cables and connectors, physical neworking hardware, modular storage arrays, and more
  • Connectivity: storage networking industry terms and concepts, fiber channel and Ethernet technologies and troubleshooting, common storage infrastructures, and more
  • Storage management: RAID levels, storage provisioning, volume management, virtualization, management protocols, and more
  • Data Protection: redundancy concepts and components, replication methods, data backup for long-term storage, and data security concepts
  • Storage Performance: latency and throughput, tuning and workload balancing, storage and network device bandwidth, and performance parameters and metrics

I find myself wondering how Storage+ relates to the entry-level SNIA Certification, known as the SNIA Certified Storage Professional (SCSP) credential. But because SNIA worked with CompTIA on the Storage+, I think it's safe to assume that it is lower-level than the SCSP and should also function as a nice stepping stone to those interested in climbing SNIA's certification ladder, the Storage Networking Certification Program (SNCP).