The E20-530 SAN Specialist exam for Technology Architects is the required examination for IT professionals who desire to earn the EMC Technology Architect certification. This specialist level exam consists of 66 multiple choice questions that must be answered in a 90 minute session. It focuses primarily on the design, configuration, and management of a Storage Area Network. Candidates will be tested on the ability to use a number of EMC products, such as PowerPath, CLARiiON CX4, Symmetrix DMX and VMAX, and Connectrix Manager CNE v11, as well as SAN protocols such as Fibre Channel, FCIP, and iSCSI.
EMC offers a free practice exam that participants can take to figure out where their strengths and weaknesses lie with this subject matter. In addition, an SAN Management instructor-led training course is available, while various e-Learning courses are also available, on the basic concepts, architecture, configuration, management, and administration of various technologies related to SAN.
Among the most important sections covered on this exam are:
1. SAN Storage Protocols - Participants will be asked to identify Fibre Channel, Ethernet, and IP protocol basics, describe differences between protocol topologies, define basic architecture of protocol technologies, and explain possible topology solutions.
2. SAN Management - Some of the topics presented are storage arrays, effective management tools and procedures, switch licensing, zoning, FCIP tunnel configuration, and security options.
Meanwhile, questions will also be asked regarding the configuration and administration of PowerPath, and the architecture and management of Connectrix B-Series and MDS-Series.
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