News from SNIA Education

The SNIA’s work to serve the industry by preparing trained and certified storage professionals continues, with several new resources and key announcements. Specifically, as announced in December, 2010, Paul Talbut of Sydney, Australia, and a well-respected storage industry professional, assumed the role of SNIA Global Education Director. Recently, SNIA and CompTIA, another global non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, announced that they are collaborating to develop and market a new professional certification for IT workers responsible for storage networking and information management.

The credential, "CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA," will be a comprehensive validation of the knowledge and skills necessary to support various solutions and technologies in data storage, storage networking, data protection, and the underlying interconnect technologies. A beta release of this new examination and certification is scheduled for Q2 in 2011, with global availability in the second half of 2011.

Recruitment by CompTIA and SNIA is underway for subject matter experts (SME's) and other professionals to participate in the development of the new CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA examination and certification, which will be submitted to ANSI/ISO for international accreditation. Interested SMEs can visit the CompTIA Exam Development Site and http://www.comptia.org/Libraries/SMEs/Storage_SME_recruitment.sflb.ashx.

In addition to this announcement, SNIA Education has made available the presentations from the latest Storage Developer Conference. These presentations join the rest of the SNIA’s unparalleled educational content available on the website, with new resources added continually.

The SNIA’s exclusive content on the Education website includes its world-renown Tutorials, as well as a roster of online eCourses. The site also hosts numerous podcasts and a full library of informative Webcasts, SNIA Education on the web is a go-to source of information on the latest SNIA-related topics.