Information Storage and Management

Course code: ISMDL

This unique course provides a comprehensive mastery of the various storage infrastructure components and options in a modern data center environment. Participants will learn to apply storage-related technologies in a fast changing and complex IT environment due to the adoption of new technologies such as cloud, edge computing, Big Data, IoT, AI/ML, and 5G.

This course covers intelligent storage systems, networking technologies business continuity solutions, information security, and storage infrastructure management. The course content takes an open-approach to describe all the concepts and technologies, which are further illustrated and reinforced with Dell product examples.

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Target group

  • Experienced IT professionals directly managing storage infrastructure
  • IT professionals seeking to better understand the role of storage infrastructure in the modern data center
  • Students and professionals considering a career in the storage industry
  • Organization-wide IT teams responsible for planning, designing, deploying, managing, or leveraging storage infrastructure
  • Individuals who are seeking Dell Technologies Proven Professional Information Storage and Management associate-level certification

Course structure

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe business drivers of digital transformation.
  • Describe modern data center infrastructure and its elements.
  • Explain intelligent storage systems and their types.
  • Evaluate various storage networking technologies and approaches.
  • Describe software-defined storage and networking.
  • Articulate business continuity and data protection solutions (replication, backup, migration, and archiving).
  • Describe storage infrastructure security and management processes.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Information Storage
  • Business Drivers of Digital Transformation
  • Modern Data Center Environment
  • Intelligent Storage Systems
  • Block, File, and Object-based Storage System
  • Storage Area Network – FC SAN
  • IP SAN, FCoE, and NVMe-oF
  • Software Defined Storage and Network
  • Business Continuity
  • Data Protection
  • Storage Infrastructure Security
  • Storage Infrastructure Management


To successfully complete this course, a student should have:

  • A basic understanding of computer architecture, operating systems, and networking
  • Participants with experience in specific segments of storage infrastructure would also be able to assimilate the course material

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To complete the requirements for this certification you must:

Pass the following Associate level exam on or after February 11, 2022.

  • DEA-1TT5 Associate – Information Storage and Management Exam

Note: These details reflect certification requirements as of February 11, 2022.

Other Certification Recommendations

This certification will qualify towards most of the below-mentioned Specialist level certification tracks in the Dell EMC Proven Professional program

  • Cloud Architect (DCS-CA)
  • Systems Administrator (DCS-SA)
  • Technology Architect (DCS-TA)
  • Implementation Engineer (DCS-IE)
  • Platform Engineer (DCS-PE)
  • Security (DCS)

Please refer to the Certification Framework for more details about individual certifications.

The Proven Professional Program periodically updates certification requirements. Please check the Proven Professional CertTracker website regularly for the latest information and for other options to meet the Associate level requirement.

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