Beyond the top five storage certifications mentioned in this article, there are lots of other certification programs that can help to further the careers and professional development of IT professionals who work in the networked storage arena. In particular, take a look at the credentials that are available from Red Hat, Hitachi Data Systems and IBM:
- Red Hat Certified Data Center Specialist (RHCDS)
- Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Storage Administration
- IBM -- at least 10 storage related credentials listed on the IBM Storage Certifications page
We think it's important to point out that in the 2015 version of this article, we included the CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA cert, which is retiring in January 2016. SNIA should have a new entry-level certification developed sometime in 2016 to replace the Storage+ in its own certification program. Although we think highly of the organization, we didn't include any SNIA certifications in the top five list this year because the program is in flux, but we will happily revisit the program next year to see if it should be given a top spot on our list once again, as is very likely to be the case.
If you look around at GoCertify.com (using the Certification Search tool to search for Storage by Technology Area), you'll find a long list of storage-related credentials. Mirek Burnejko's List of all IT certifications at ITCertificationMaster.com also includes a healthy dose of storage certs, some of which are featured in this article.