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Vol. 2 No. 12 February 2004

Is storage certification worth it?

Pros and cons of certification Pros: A vendor-neutral storage area network (SAN) certification provides a solid overview that includes SAN fundamentals, standards and knowledge about how things are supposed to work. A product- or process-oriented certification represents a quick way for an employer to know that someone has knowledge--and sometimes a specific amount of knowledge--of a particular product. Sometimes certifications make employees more valuable to their companies. Once employed, the person holding a certification could find that the designation leads to a promotion or increased compensation. Cons: A certification on a single product often pigeonholes an individual as having too narrow a skill set or understanding of a company's overall storage needs. Certifications often don't have provisions for recertification and continuing education. Some certifications don't require hands-on, operational instruction and are not an accurate measure of a person's skill. Some certifications are expensive and time-consuming to ...

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    by  Susan J. Marks

    If you're thinking about advancing your career by becoming certified in a particular storage skill, read this article to help you decide if certification is worth your time and money.

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