On September 28, I posted a blog entitled “A Tale of Two Entry-Level, Vendor-Neutral Storage Certs” which compares and contrasts CompTIA’s Storage + (Powered by SNIA) credential against Hitachi’s Storage Technology exam (HH0-050) and credential. In that blog I mused on possible reasons why Hitachi — a member of both SNIA and CompTIA — might find it necessary to launch its own, lower-cost entry-level storage certification. This morning, I came across more evidence of Hitachi’s seriousness in making this credential accessible to any and all interested parties at a very affordable cost, as shown in this Amazon Listing for the company’s Storage Concepts: Storing and Managing Digital Data (Vol 1) trade paperback book (Amazon link).
The book costs $55 at Amazon, which is a little on the high side for exam study guides including usual discounts, but not unreasonably expensive. The publisher is listed as “HDS Academy, Hitachi Data Systems” where the HDS Academy is Hitachi’s training and certification arm. Hitachi also positions the book as a general entry-level reference to storage, as well as a preparation guide for its HH0-050 certification exam. The book is also available online at Amazon’s CreateSpace.com subsidiary (but I can’t find a link to it there, though it’s no problem at the parent Amazon.com site), and at the Hitachi website www.storageconcepts.net, and prices are the same everywhere. A Kindle version is also planned as well.
I very much like it when I see a cert program sponsor step up behind their credentials to make them affordable and accessible. I’d love to know more about why Hitachi decided to do this, but it’s clear that they’re taking their credential to the global market and are pushing to get more IT professionals up to speed on storage technology. This only affirms my earlier suspicion that they’re seeking to make this kind of information more accessible to the Third World, by lowering the cost of entry (and certification) in this fast-growing IT niche.