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Brocade storage certifications

Best Storage Certifications 2018
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Brocade delivers networking hardware, software and services, which include Internet Protocol (IP) networking and storage area networking (SAN) solutions, to small and large businesses across all industries. The company has been running a top-notch storage certification program for more than a decade, which now offers more than 20 certifications across five tracks:

  • Ethernet Fabric IP track: Covers Brocade VDX products
  • IP track: Covers Brocade Layer 2/3 products
  • IP Storage Networking track: Covers VCS Fabric storage networks and supported Brocade storage options
  • Mainframe Connectivity track: Covers Mainframe Connectivity solutions and storage technology
  • SAN track: Covers Brocade Fibre Channel products and solutions

Although all Brocade certification tracks focus on storage, those in the IP Storage Networking track are most like other certifications featured in this article. These certifications are (from Associate to Master level):

  • Brocade Accredited IP Storage Network Administrator (BAIPSNA)
  • Brocade Professional IP Storage Network Administrator 2017 (BPIPSNA)
  • Brocade Professional IP Storage Network Support 2017 (BPIPSNS)
  • Brocade Expert IP Storage Network Support 2017 (BEIPSNS)
  • Brocade IP Storage Network Master 2017 (BIPSNM)

Each certification beyond the Associate level requires one or two exams as well as a lower-level certification as a prerequisite. Details for the various tracks are described in the Brocade Certification Program Guide.

Candidates must take associated Brocade training before attempting certification exams. Training for Brocade storage certifications is available as four-day courses through Brocade authorized training partners. Typical costs are $3,200 for instructor-led or virtual classroom courses, and $2,000 for the web-based course.

Brocade Certifications Facts & Figures

Certification Name
Brocade IP Storage Networking track certifications
Prerequisites & Required Courses
Recommended prerequisite for all Brocade certification tracks: Network Industry Protocols (NIP 200) course
Brocade Accredited IP Storage Network Administrator (BAIPSNA)
  • No prerequisites
  • Brocade Accredited IP Storage Network Administrator exam (160-250) (optional)
Brocade Professional IP Storage Network Administrator 2017 (BPIPSNA)
  • Brocade Ethernet Fabric Foundations exam (200-200)
OR
  • Brocade Certified Ethernet Fabric Professional 2015 (BCEFP) certification
  • Brocade Professional IP Storage Network Administrator 2017 exam (143-810)
Brocade Professional IP Storage Network Support 2017 (BPIPSNS)
  • Brocade Accredited IP Storage Network Administrator 2017 (BAIPSNA) certification
  • Brocade Advanced IP Storage Network Troubleshooting exam (143-910) (available late 2017)
Brocade Expert IP Storage Network Support 2017 (BEIPSNS)
  • Brocade Professional IP Storage Network Support 2017 (BPIPSNS) certification
  • Brocade Advanced Ethernet Fabric IP Troubleshooting exam (190-210)
Brocade IP Storage Network Master 2017 (BIPSNM)
  • Brocade Expert IP Storage Network Support 2017 (BEIPSNS) certification
  • Details pending on required exams
Number of Exams
See above.
Cost per Exam
$150; price may vary outside of the U.S. Exams administered by certifier.
URL
http://www.brocade.com/en/education/certification.html
Self-Study Materials
The exam web page for each certification provides links to required training (under Prerequisites), study guides, practice exams, user communities on Facebook, LinkedIn and Brocade University, and certification discussion groups. The Brocade Education web page lets you search the course catalog.

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