This week, HP announced the addition of networking certifications for partners built very similarly to Cisco’s certifications, even acknowledging partners who have Cisco certifications. HP’s new certifications allow partners to “leapfrog” pre-requisites if they have comparable Cisco certification.
What’s the point of all this? “The idea is to reduce the barriers to an open networking convergence,” said Rebekah Harvey, HP’s director of learning product management. “Professionals can differentiate themselves [with HP's certifications].”
The beginning level certifications start with the Accredited Integration Specialist (AIS) in network infrastructure, network security and IP telephony. This level is closest to CCNA/CCDA. The next level up is the Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE), in network infrastructure, wireless networks, network security and IP telephony. This middle level is closely related to the CCNP/CCSP/CCVP. The expert level is the Master Accredited Systems Engineer (MASE), in network infrastructure and wireless networks only. This is most closely related to (you guessed it) CCIE.
Essentially, HP will grant you certification automatically if you have the same requirements fulfilled from Cisco. The automatic certification will save partners a lot of time and actually generate interest in the program. If someone’s been in networking for 25 years and are a CCIE, would they want to have to start from the beginning? Absolutely not. And even if you aren’t a CCIE but have years of knowledge and experience, HP will administer an assessment to decide where to best place you.
For more information on HP’s converged infrastructure certifications, check out this news story from Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director for SearchITChannel.com.