Last week, CompTIA issued a call for subject matter experts to help formulate the requirements and questions for an exam on digital storage technologies. This will very likely focus on network-attached storage (NAS) and storage-area networks (SANs) though some coverage of direct-attached storage (DAS) is also quite likely. And right now, if you visit the CompTIA site and search on “Storage+” you’ll find it mentioned on their “Exam Development” page as well. But so far, there is no official news on the CompTIA site about this planned credential, nor is there anything about this on the Storage Networking Industry Association’s (SNIA) Website, either.
Nevertheless, numerous outlets such as CertCities. com and Train Signal Training have indicated that CompTIA has “announced” their plans for a Storage+ certification. I’m not sure that “announce” is the right language, since I can’t find any such announcements anywhere at CompTIA and SNIA, and those organizations will no doubt make formal announcements when the time is right (which is apparently not yet). I’ve put a call into Steven Ostrowski, CompTIA’s Director of Corporate Communications to ask from some comment on this information (and will follow up with same if and when it’s forthcoming), but my guess is that nobody’s talking because nobody’s quite ready to talk just yet.
So, while we do know that CompTIA and SNIA are collaborating on what will presumably be an entry-level networked storage credential, the Storage+, we don’t really know much more than that yet. It may be ready some time in 2011 or it could slide into 2012. I’ll report more as more information becomes available. Stay tuned.