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New CompTIA Server+ Exam Heightens Emphasis on Security, Storage and Virtualization Skills

Oct 07, 2015

Latest update from the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for IT professionals around the world 

Downers Grove, Ill. – A greater emphasis on security, storage, virtualization and related skills highlight the changes in the latest edition of the CompTIA Server+ certification exam released by CompTIA, the IT industry association and the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for IT professionals around the world.

CompTIA Server+ is an internationally recognized credential that validates foundation level skills and knowledge in server technologies. It is an ideal professional credential for those who work in today’s data centers.

The newest version of the exam (SK0-004) covers a broad range of skills related to how server and data storage administration works in today’s real-world IT environment. Virtualization, big data, cloud storage, security, scalability, hardware, software, storage, best practices, disaster recovery and troubleshooting are among the areas covered in the exam.

Server and data center management skills are among the top five areas where businesses are looking to minimize skills gaps among their IT staffs, according to CompTIA research. Four in 10 businesses surveyed cited the need to close gaps in server and data skills.

A separate CompTIA survey of IT professionals found that approximately three in 10 plan to pursue training and certification in server skills.

IT job roles that can benefit from becoming CompTIA Server+ certified include:

  • Server support technicians who install and maintain servers, network infrastructure and client solutions in a data center.
  • Server administrators who support the operation of servers on a network, including analyzing, diagnosing, troubleshooting and resolving server hardware and software problems.
  • IT and server technicians responsible for standard “rack-and-stack” server work, including installing new servers and maintaining server and storage devices.
  • Storage administrators who design, implement, administer, maintain and monitor performance of SAN and NAS storage environments.
  • Storage server and systems administrators tasked with the management and operation of storage environments.

CompTIA Server+ certification is targeted at IT professionals with 18-24 months of on-the-job experience. Though not required, it is recommended that candidates for CompTIA Server+ certification hold a CompTIA A+ certification.

Complete exam objectives, practice questions and other information on CompTIA Server+ are available at

CompTIA Approved Quality Content and training materials based on the new CompTIA Server+ exam are now available through SkillSoft eLearning. Courseware from Logical Operations, Wiley and other publishers is expected to be available in the coming months.

CompTIA has awarded more than two million certifications to IT professionals around the world. These credentials start with CompTIA A+, the cutting-edge, must-have credential for people taking their first steps into the IT workforce; and progress through certifications in networking, security, servers, Linux administration, project management, cloud computing, mobile technologies, storage and other areas. To learn more, visit

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 55,000 registered users, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Steven Ostrowski