The full name of the new CompTIA Storage+ exam and credential is Storage+ Powered by SNIA (the Storage Networking Industry Association, a non-profit devoted to storage networking and related technologies, teamed up with CompTIA to develop this credential). Thus, when the Storage+ went live on January 18, 2012, the SNIA’s own entry-level credential known as the SNIA Certified Networking Professional, or SCNP, was retired. In every conceivable way, SNIA and CompTIA want prospective storage professionals to pursue the Storage+ as their first stepping stone into storage networking certification.
Beyond the entry-level Storage+, however, SNIA still has a lot to offer:
- The SNIA Certified Storage Engineer (SCSE) is for those who “…provide day-to-day management of a storage network environment.”
- The SNIA Certified Storage Architect (SCSA) is for whose who assess, plan, and design storage networks.
- The SNIA Certified Storage Networking Expert (SCSE) requires digging earning the SCSA, then digging into a variety of third-party exams from the likes of NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems, Cisco, EMC, HP, or Brocade to demonstrate competency with vendor-specific systems and environments.
In addition to the third parties already mentioned under the SCSE entry above, companies such as Dell, IBM, VMWare, Oracle, Red Hat, and others also offer IT certifications that focus on or provide substantial coverage of storage networking technologies. For more information see also my Tom’s IT Pro article “Top 5 Storage Certifications.”
[Update added 2/22/2012 8:53 AM: Our annual certification rating and ranking gets its update on PearsonITCertification.com. Be sure to check it out!]