Alcatel Makes Certification Attractive

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CALABASAS, Calif. – Alcatel announced the Alcatel Certified Switch Professional (ACSP) certification course for network engineers, network administrators and IT professionals. The CD training course on Alcatels next-generation OmniSwitch family allows network professionals to complete training when and where they want and gain certification upon successful completion of the Web-based exam.

Over the years, the industry’s data switches have evolved to share similar command line interfaces for configuration and management. The ASCP certification takes advantage of these similarities, which are inherent in the OmniSwitch family, allowing network professionals to leverage their current expertise to quickly, flexibly and cost-effectively achieve Alcatel certification. The straightforward certification process ensures that IT managers can use existing IT staff to work on an Alcatel network with minimum training.

Alcatel cemented its position in the enterprise market when it unveiled its Omni family of data switches the industry’s first entirely new family of switches built for the next generation of data networking. Positive feedback from analysts, press and end-users puts Alcatel on a short list of stable vendors truly committed to data networking and continues to increase the value of ACSP certification.

With the emergence of IP communications and the reality of multi-vendor networks, businesses want IT workers who are qualified to evaluate and deploy a variety of network architectures, said Steve Tufts, vice president of worldwide service and support. Alcatel’s ACSP gives network professionals that extra edge by allowing them to take the knowledge they already have and, with minimal time and investment, gain certification with a top-tier vendor.

This comprehensive, self-paced ACSP CD course can be completed in approximately six hours. The Web-based certification exam is an additional 45 minutes. From now until Dec. 31, 2002, Alcatel is offering the training CD free of charge. For those with access to Alcatel data switches, the CD includes optional laboratory exercises for trainees to apply what they have learned during the course in a real-life setting before taking the final exam. The ACSP certification is part of Alcatel’s comprehensive training and certification programs for IP communications.

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