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Which certification should I choose?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by ee01akk, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. ee01akk

    ee01akk Bit Poster

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    Hi,

    I am currently working for an IT storage solutions provider, being involved in 1st/ 2nd line helpdesk support for backup solutions etc.

    This is not my first IT job, and I have worked in helpdesk before, but I have very limited knowledge in backup technologies apart from the on the job training they have provided me with.

    Is there any certification I can choose that will help me to improve my technical knowledge in this area, or do I have to study for really expensive vendor certs like Tivoli, Networker, Symantec etc..?

    Also how useful is it to have experience working with storage solution technologies? Are jobs easy to get in this area, and do they pay well?

    Thanks.
     
  2. greenbrucelee
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    Hi Welcome:)

    You could look at compTIA A+ and follow the depot technician pathway most people do the 601 and 602 exams but it might be usefull for you to do the 601 and 604 exams (the 601 is mandatory).
     
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  3. ee01akk

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    Thanks but that didn't really answer all of my question.

    I am already studying towards the A+, and there is insufficient material on backup solutions.

    Also, career wise how useful would it be to have this work experience on my CV?
     
  4. greenbrucelee
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    any work experience will be good to have on your CV.
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    One thing to note, it's not just the backup portion that you have to consider. It's the recovery of data, hence why back and recovery go hand in hand. Experience will always be a very big factor, but of course certifications are there to validate your skills.

    Unless you want to go to Uni/college to get an academic qual (eg BSc/BA) in some sort of recovery related subject, the only other option is the vendor certificate. For example the EMC2 exam or Veritas, but you know about these certs already as you've already listed them. You can cut the costs down to a fraction by self-studying (via books/CBT's) or by contacting your local college to see if they do those courses, as they will be cheaper than alot of private training companies.

    Hope this helps :)

    -ken
     
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  6. kevicho

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    Having used networker backup I can imagine why the vendor training and certs are so costly lol.

    Other options are some of the MS server exams (i think its 70-290, may be 70-291 will check later) go through the basics, such as differences between full, differential, incremental, but networker, veritas, arcserve and so on are hugely different systems, well networker definately more so, and once you have the fundamentals then I guess you can apply them within reason.

    I guess your best bet is to go to the vendors sites and look under training, if that is in there, or google for whatever the package followed by training.
     
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