According to a press release dated August 28, 2012 entitled “CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA Earns ISO Accreditation,” the organization’s storage credential has met the ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation criteria. This cert is a collaborative effort between CompTIA and the Storage Networking Industry Association (aka SNIA) for dealing with storage and backup subject matters.
The five CompTIA credentials that have achieved ISO accreditation include the A+, Network +, Security+, and Advanced Security Practitioner certifications, in addition to the aforementioned Storage+. According to a February 2012 study cited in the CompTIA press release, “data storage and backup ranked as the number one or number two priority for organizations of all sizes — micro, small, medium, and large…” In addition, “… the study also found that 92 percent of organizations felt storage and data back-up skills are important or very important to their IT needs.”
I couldn’t agree more, and it’s nice to see that CompTIA felt strongly enough about the value of the Storage+ credential to put it through the time-consuming and expensive process of ISO accreditation. Not a bad place for IT professionals interested in storage technologies, and backup and restore tools, methods, and technologies, to get started on a learning curve that can carry them to interested places in their careers. For more info, check out the CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA home page.