SNIA Architect Exam in Beta Testing

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Beta testing for the Storage Networking Industry Association’s (SNIA) new Architect – Assessment, Planning & Design (#S11-300) exam started on Feb. 1, but there are still plenty of opportunities available for interested professionals. This phase of development will continue until SNIA meets its participation requirement for completion of the beta cycle, said Peter Manijak, SNIA’s director of education.


The SNIA Architect – Assessment, Planning & Design beta exam, available at Thomson Prometric centers worldwide and proctored in English, costs $100. Candidates are provided 150 minutes to answer 130 questions relating to assessing business problems and collecting information from a storage networking perspective. This exam, along with SNIA’s Storage Networking Foundations test, will be required for the SNIA Certified Architect certification.


“You’ve got to be able to get to the business issues at hand,” Manijak said. “You’ve got to have an understanding of who to speak with, because if you’re going to talk to the CIO, the CEO, the database manager or the network engineer, you need to know what types of questions to ask, and what information you need to collect.”


Candidates also will have to demonstrate their ability to gather data from a technical aspect. Additionally, the exam validates comprehension of the concepts behind ITIL (IT Information Library) and ITSM (IT Storage Management).


“In the next phase, you’re now planning a solution,” Manijak said. “You’re planning a storage network architecture. That involves going through the data you have, putting everything in place, laying it out and then essentially designing the solution. In the following phases, there’s some troubleshooting that goes along with that.”


This announcement comes right on the heels of SNIA’s new addition to its Certified Systems Engineer (SCSE) certification curriculum, the SNIA Storage Management/Administration exam (#S10-200), which was released last month. These moves are part of an overall effort to focus SNIA’s certifications and exams, Manijak said, and added that a storage networking implementation exam is slated for release next year. “TechTarget came out with a survey last year for IT professionals around job roles,” he said. “Two new job roles that appeared in the top 10 for salaries were storage architect and storage manager. Our credentials are aligned with what we see as market growth and trends.”


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