Fall is the traditional back to school season -- a tradition that often carries over to those pursuing professional continuing education. In the storage world, the opportunities for study or for certifying skills have grown rapidly and now present a wide range of options. Even the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), has gotten into the act with plans to add another level to their SAN certification later this month.
For just over a year, SNIA has had a Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (FC-SAN) certification program to test IT professionals' expertise in Fibre Channel-based SANs. The SNIA FC-SAN Certification Program has four projected levels, the first two of which are available now. According to a SNIA spokesperson, the launch of the Level 3 Specialist FC-SAN Certification exam will occur at the end of October to coincide with SNW. The plan for Level 4 is still being discussed. According to SNIA, the program took about a year to develop and may eventually be broadened to include other topics. For information on the SNIA certification programs, go to its
Of course, many vendors offer their own certification. EMC has its Proven Professional Certification Program. Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., San Jose, offers Level 1 and Level 2 Certification. The post-merger Compaq (HP), offers certification through its ASE program -- but only in broader mastery of traditional Compaq products and their integration. A statement posted at the company ASE Web site indicates the program will continue to be supported and an examination program is ongoing.
More information on training:
EMC offers a mixture of hands-on/classroom and Web-based training
IBM offers some half a dozen storage networking courses and more than 20 other storage-related courses
Hewlett Packard offers instructor led online training, self-paced online training, and physical classroom training here.
Brocade has training at its own facilities and also has a Remote SAN Lab that allows access to an enterprise-type SAN environment via the Internet.
Veritas offers a number of relevant courses at various locations and via webcasts.
If you want less vendor specific, try Medusa Labs , Infinity I/O and Solution Technology.
- Alan Earls often writes about things NAS and SAN in his weekly "SAN/NAS Update: Trends" column. View the latest
About the author: Alan Earls is a freelance writer in Franklin, MA.
This was first published in October 2002