Storage certifications and storage networking certifications have amazing value. Let’s look how fast the storage industry grows.
To migrate to virtual environments, IT departments must have an access to all kinds of storage arrays (FC, iSCSI, NAS) and storage networking switches (FC, FCoE and Ethernet).
The value and demand for good engineers and experts is growing. The best company, from the storage industry, is still EMC. Of course companies like HP, IBM (NetApp), Hitachi or even Oracle (SUN) are close behind.
EMC has many certifications for engineers from all levels of expertise. EMC Information Storage and Management Associate (EMCISA) is one of the four certifications from the associate level (from the EMC Proven Professional Certification program) and focuses on storage technologies and concepts. It is also, a first step to more advanced topics and certifications, like EMC Data Center Architect Storage Networking Speciality (EMCDCAS) or EMC Storage Administrator – CLARiiON Solutions Expert (EMCSAE).
What Exams You Must Pass to Become EMCISA
To become EMC Information Storage and Management Associate (EMCISA) and become EMC Proven Professional you must pass only one exam: E20-001 Information Storage and Management Exam. The exam concentrates on:
- Basics of the storage systems
- Storage networking technologies from DAS to FCoE with some aspects of virtualization
- Business continuity topics like backups and replications
- Security and management of the storage systems
Where You Can Pass the EMCISA Exam
You can pass the EMCISA exam in a VUE certification center.
How Much Does the EMCISA Exam Cost
Exam costs $200 plus taxes.
Format of the Exam
The exam is a normal 90-minutes long computer-based test. The test is a combination of multi-choice questions and more complex, with few interactive simulations. You do not need any trainings as prerequisites.
How To Renew Your EMCISA Certification
You don’t need to update the EMCISA certification, but it is highly recommended, every 3 years.
How To Prepare to the EMCISA Exam
- Instructor-led or e-Learning Training. You can use this link to register. Instructor-led training is 5-days long and costs $2700. E-Learning Training eValuePak consists four e-Learning courses (20 hours) and costs $800.
- Starter Kits
- Starter Kit
EMC provides starter kit for all who want to prepare by itself to the EMCISA exam. The started kit consists of one DVD with a training, additional materials and an exam voucher ($200). The cost of the starter kit is equal to $500.
Examples of Job Opportunities
The Starter Kit is definitely the way to go for the EMCISA certification. You get everything you need, and you save a bundle. The book is quite good, it’s high level, vendor agnostic, and gives a lot of great foundational information that you can use for studying for any vendor storage test.
I would also make sure you join the EMC Community, especially the Proven Professional sections and get access to EMC’s Powerlink site (If you work for a partner) where there are tons of white papers and other valuable information as well.
Questions and Answers
Q: Does anyone with required knowledge can attend this exam or should be part of EMC to attend this exam?
A: Anyone can pass the exam. Just visit the Pearson VUE site and click Schedule a Test.
Q: On the training I can receive workbooks. Can I buy these workbooks in a different way?
A: Official training materials are not for sale.
Q: What if EMC will change the program or topics of EMCISA?
A: EMC can change the program or requirements. If you have not fully complied with the new or modified requirements, your recognition for that track can be terminated.
Q: I near planning to do ISM and unable to find an option to buy the voucher. Can I get EMCISA starter kit and use the voucher for ISM?
A: EMC Proven Professional vouchers can be used for any EMC Proven Professional exam. Unfortunately, the voucher included in the starter kit is not tied to the E20-001 exam (ISM).