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Certification Watch Volume 14 #1

Certification news regarding plans for a new storage certification from CompTIA and SNIA, McAfee's launch of a security certification program, and Microsoft exams set to retire.

CompTIA and SNIA at work on Storage+

CompTIA and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) are jointly developing a new entry-level storage technologies certification, to be named Storage+ Powered by SNIA. CompTIA specializes in entry-level IT certifications such as A+, Security+, and Linux+ Powered by LPI, and SNIA has been bestowing storage-related certifications since 2001, so they should make solid partners in this effort.

Storage+ will cover entry-level knowledge and skills related to data storage, storage networking, data protection, and the underlying interconnect technologies. In addition to serving as part of the CompTIA portfolio, it will replace the SNIA Certified Storage Professional (SCSP) credential as the entry-point into the SNIA certification program. Individuals who hold the SCSP will be offered the chance to take a free exam that will allow them to earn the new Storage+ certification, and the SCSP certification will also remain valid for 3 years. The Storage+ exam is still in development and is slated to be released in beta format in Q2 2011.

McAfee Launches New Security Certifications

McAfee recently announced the launch of a two-track security certification program for IT professionals. The first track offers certifications tied to implementation and administration of specific McAfee products. The second track is designed around McAfee's Foundstone Ultimate Hacking Assessment Methodology, and credentials expertise in penetration testing and ethical hacking.

The first certifications to go live are the McAfee Certified Product Specialist - ePolicy Orchestrator, and McAfee Certified Assessment Specialist - Network. Exams are available through the Prometric testing network and cost $150 each, although if you hurry you can take advantage of introductory pricing of $99 through February 28th. For more details and the discount code, see the program information on McAfee's website.

Microsoft to Retire 26 Exams June 30th

Microsoft recently announced plans to retire 26 certification exams on June 30, 2011, including exams 70-271 and 70-272, which are required for the Microsoft Certified Desktop Technician (MCDST) credential. The rest of the exams being retired are mostly related to SQL Server 2005, BizTalk Server 2006, or Visual Studio 2005. Fo the full list, visit Microsoft's website.

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