How to prepare for Symmetrix certification

Symmetrix Certification is provided by EMC2 Corporation to Platform Engineers who deploy and maintain EMC data infrastructure solutions. In this course, the candidate will learn to achieve trusted source status with the customers, diagnose produce health, enhance recommended requirements, and resolve issues with less impact. This certification is achieved by passing both Associate Level and Specialist Level exams.

Symmetrix Associate Level Exam (E10-001)

Symmetrix Associate Level courses focuses on data storage and data management in virtual and cloud surroundings. The exam is for 90 minutes and it includes approximately 65 questions. Few questions refers to products that were used in the training. I took practice test of Associate exam to check my preparation and to highlight contents on which I need to prepare and study further. I scored good in practice test and it boost up my confidence to face the exam. It offers Instructor-led training and Video Instructor-led training which takes totally 40 hours to complete the course. The course fee is around USD $600.

The topics covered in this exam are Storage Systems, RAID, intelligent storage methods, FC SAN, NAS, IP SAN, object based storage, replication, backup and archive, Cloud Computing, management and security of data storage. The main book to be followed for this exam is 'Information Storage and Management' - 2nd Ed, by John Wiley & Sons. This book covers the entire syllabus of this exam. I covered all these topics for the exam and I gained the certification of EMC Information Storage Associate v2 (EMCISA) which is necessary for all other certifications.

Symmetrix Specialist Level Exam (E20-616)

Symmetrix Specialist Exam for Platform Engineers focuses on Symmetrix VMAX series-40K, 20K and 10K systems, and on the concepts of array storage in disks. It also emphases on installation and maintenance of EMC solutions in Symmetrix Environment. The products to be referred for this exam are Symmetrix VMAX series, Symmetrix SymmWin, Simplified SymmWin, VMAX EMC Unisphere, and Symmetrix Engine.

Symmetrix Specialist Exam covers the following topics

Symmetrix product knowledge is necessary before taking this exam. I took the recommended trainings offered for this certification course like Symmetrix VMAX fundamentals, installation and Maintenance of Symmetrix, and Configuration of Symmetrix with SymmWin. They provided me with e-learning course and Instructor-led training for the recommended training programs. After completing the course study I took practice test to test my knowledge on the required topics. The materials provided in the training course and in-depth knowledge in Symmetrix products helped me to complete Symmetrix Certification successfully.

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