I’ve started a monthly phone call with Joe Cannata, Brocade’s Senior Manager for Business Development and Certification at Brocade University in Alpharetta Georgia. This afternoon, I was made privy to numerous bits of interesting and noteworthy information about Brocade’s certification programs and offerings.
First and probably foremost to Brocade, the company handed out its 20,000 certification credential on October 23, 2011, to a very nice-looking gentleman named Ken Smith, an employee at Brocade partner company Walker & Associates. Ken was no doubt surprised to be showered with so much attention, and even a few prizes (some Brocade-branded merchandise and a digital picture frame), upon earning his Brocade Certified Network Professional (BNCP) credential. I’m happy to add my congratulations to all parties involved!
On a more serious note, Brocade has also updated its heavy-duty storage-area networking credentials for 16 Gbps Fibre Channel technologies, including the Brocade Certified Fabric Administrator (BCFA) and Brocade Certified Fabric Professional (BCFP) certifications. And according to Joe Cannata, a brand-new Brocade Certified Service Provider Network Engineer credential, with matching exam, is slated to go live on November 14, 2011. This credential is essentially a specialized version of the company’s BCNE (Brocade Certified Network Engineer) credential, with an emphasis on service provider protocols and technologies that include MPLS, IPv6, BGP, VVRP-E, multi-tasking trunking configurations, MRP, PRP, and QoS coverage. Interested networking professionals will want to keep an eye on the Brocade certification page for related news and information.