12-28-2012 02:32 PM
I realize there have been quite a few posts in the same vein, however my situation is somewhat different. I'm currently working for a large semiconductor manufacturer who is also heavily involved in networking hardware manufacture (mainly on the server side). In our environment we have dual FCoE fabrics, brocade and cisco. On the Brocade side we use 8000s fcfs (Nexus 5000s on the cisco side).
I've worked there for around 10 months and gotten a good handle on configuring, setup and using the brocade 8000s. I'd like to validate those skills with certifications or accreditations.
I just passed my Storage+ (powered by SNIA) certification from Comptia. I'm also A+ and Network+ certified and I'm looking to specialize in some vendor specific certs focused on FCoE and possibly Fibre Channel.
Where do you suggest I start?
I've looked at the Brocade Accredited Internetworking Specialist which seems to be the bottom level credential. I'm not sure if this is similar to the network+.
Should I be looking at the accredations:
or should I be looking at certifications instead, possibly the:
What is the difference between the BCEFP or the BCEFE? Which is harder, or higher in the hierarchy?
or another Certification?
It all seems a bit confusing, however I'm leaning towards one of the latter certifications.
I know it depends quite a bit on my experience, so this is a difficult question.
Example career paths would be very helpful for me to figure out which direction I would like to go. I've found the Brocade University Curriculum Paths. I've also looked at http://www.brocade.com/downloads/documents/certification_study_tools/certification_central.pdf . Though I'm still at a loss to figure out a reasonable path, or just a starting place.
I'm leaning towards the converged path, but figure I should focus on FCoE at this time (the bulk of my current knowledge is in FCoE concepts, with some in Fibre Channel).
Thanks for any help you can provide.
01-02-2013 03:40 AM
The FCoE exam is retiring, so you may instead, want to focus on the converged Ethernet fabric exams. Where to start depends on your goal. If it is to complete a whole track, you will need the full set of exams. The BCEFP is a higher level exam than the BCEFE. If you have the Network+ already, you can use that as an elective in some tracks. The BAIS is below the Network+. The entry-level accreditations are there for those looking to validate basic skills.
Feel free to email me directly with any questions at email@example.com. Unfortunately, you asked this during a time when most people were off, so that is why there was a delay in the response.
01-09-2013 03:34 PM
Thanks for the reply Joe. I'll probably be emailing you with more questions in the near future.
I am interested in a whole track. Though at this point I'm at the beginning of the journey and would like to figure out where to start.
Which exams do you consider converged Ethernet exams? I'm thinking they are the Ethernet fabric exams from the look of the exam objectives.
If this is correct, I think I will focus on BCEFE for now.
What happens after you retire an exam? I'm almost tempted to take the Brocade Certified FCoE Professional exam on Monday to validate the skills I've been using over the last year, though I don't know how much value it will have going forward if Brocade is moving towards VCS and EOLing the 8000s. Do the certifications stay valid for 3 years from taking it (seems to be industry standard)?
01-09-2013 03:48 PM
BAEFS, BCEFE and BCEFP are Ethernet fabric exams. Look at this document: The Three Layers of Ethernet Fabric Skills for more details.
The FCoE exam is already retired, so you won;t be able to take it. I would start with the accreditation BAEFS, which you'll need for the track anyway, then go up to BCEFE. Our certifications do not expire, even if the exam has retired.
Good luck going forward.
01-09-2013 04:20 PM