Last year, I wrote a blog for PearsonITCertification that proclaimed that while many cert sponsors were talking about certifications centered on Software-Defined Networking (SDN), only Brocade actually offered real, honest-to-goodness SDN certs for people to “learn and earn,” as the old saying goes. At the time I wrote that article, this proclamation was true (it’s entitled “SDN Certs: Who and When?” and it appeared on November 20, 2013). Thanks to a recent conversation with some very nice folks at HP, I’ve learned that they introduced an SDN certification in December, 2013, and that they plan to release another one in the relatively near future, both as part of their ExpertOne certification program.
Given that SDN moves networking into the realm of software, it stands to reason that “Developer” would appear in HP’s first such certification.
To learn more about this currently available certification, check out the HP ASE — SDN Applications Developer V1 home page. This credential requires candidates to master the following skills and knowledge:
- Demonstrate an understanding of SDN environments that incorporates use cases, the OpenFlow Standard, HP’s VAN SDN Controller, and OpenFlow-enabled switches
- Be able to design an SDN application, including specifications for application type, working knowledge of the design process, and examples of working SDN-enabled applications
- Be able to build an SDN application using the HP VAN SDN Controller’s services and functions
- Know how to create and set up an SDN development environment, including installation and set-up of HP’s VAN SDN Controller, working with the HP SDN SDK, and with various other tools and resources for SDN app development
- Be able to choose the right APIs to meet specific application requirements
- Know how to write, test and debug an SDN application that uses the HP VAN SDN Controller and OpenFlow enabled switches
A background in Java is also highly recommended, along with good working knowledge of networking architectures and functions. HP rates this credential at the “expert” level. Training is available, along with the required exam (visit the recommended training and required exam HP0-Y48 links available on the cert home page linked above).