EMC adds ILM to certification programme

Information and storage management supplier EMC has expanded its Proven Professional training and certification programme to...

Information and storage management supplier EMC has expanded its Proven Professional training and certification programme to include an emphasis on its information lifecycle management (ILM) solutions.

The addition of ILM to EMC's certification roster is related to some of the firm's acquisitions from last year which moved the supplier into the ILM space. In July EMC acquired back-up storage company Legato, and in October it snapped up Documentum, a content management supplier.

"With the continual expansion of our product set... over the past 18 months we have developed a strategy around ILM," said Rod Gilbert, business development manager for EMC global education. The strategy calls for a complete revamping of the training curriculum, originally introduced in 2001.

"Market needs have changed around data… and it was necessary to enhance the programme to take advantage of the new technologies," Gilbert added.

He said there are other suppliers who provide storage-specific certification, but he claimed that EMC's is the "most comprehensive" because of the depth and breadth of the programme.

"We cover all aspects [of ILM] - whether it's planning, designing, implementing, or managing, maintaining and supporting the infrastructure needed to carry out ILM."

The training programme includes six tracks that "cover an entire spectrum of roles that people would participate in", Gilbert said.

Four of those tracks - storage administrator, technology architect, customer engineer and implementation engineer - are for authorised service partner certification, and the storage administrator track is also available for customer certification.

The other two tracks are for sales and presales systems and sales engineers. They are geared toward authorised reseller partners.

The storage administrator track has five areas of specialisation: storage management, networked storage (San), networked storage (NS solution), Clariion solutions and business continuity.

In addition, there are three levels of certification achievement: associate, specialist and expert level, which "cover everything from basics to the advanced".

Gilbert emphasised that the certification is "not just hardware- or storage-centric" but includes both hardware and software, and even covers applications from other suppliers such as Oracle and Microsoft, and what their role is in the lifecycle of information.

The cost of certification varies, but exams are offered at Prometric worldwide for about $200 each.

Since most of EMC's technology has been refreshed in the last six months, Gilbert said the firm strongly advises that certification candidates first take the free practice test and, based on the results, proceed either directly to the exam or take the course.

A training subscription for $9,995 is available at the expert level. For some of the smaller tracks, EMC offers bundled packages or "value packs".

Patricia Pickett writes for ITWorldCanada.com

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