Top storage certifications for IT pros


Skilled storage pros are in demand as enterprise IT teams take on exponential data growth and strategically migrate data assets from legacy systems to more modern options.

For these professionals who are looking for a new job or aiming to advance in their current role, a certification could potentially differentiate them from other one candidates. And for hiring managers, certifications can help trim some of the risk from the recruitment process by validating to some extent expertise in areas such as network-attached storage, storage area networks, and storage configuration and operations management.

Vendor neutral vs. vendor specific

In general, storage industry certifications fall into two categories: vendor neutral and vendor specific. One longtime vendor-neutral organization is the nonprofit Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), which works to develop standards and education programs related to storage. Vendor-specific certifications are available from storage players including Brocade, Dell EMC, HPE, IBM and NetApp.

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