Brocade Unveils New SAN Cert

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Brocade Announces New SAN Cert



Companies nowadays face the arduous task of handling a growing amount of
data with limited resources. These companies are increasingly turning to
storage area networks (SANs) to stay on top of data management, storage
and administration. Now, Brocade offers a new level of certification and
other resources for professionals using its SAN technology.



Brocade now offers three certification levels: Brocade Certified Fabric
Professional (BCFP), Brocade Certified SAN Designer (BCSD) and, the
latest offering, Brocade Certified SAN Manager, which certifies IT
professionals who manage SANs on their knowledge of SAN fabric
technologies and their ability to implement and manage Brocade SANs.
BCFP is designed for professionals who work in post-sales support,
repair or maintenance services. BCSD targets the other side of the
process, testing professionals who work in pre-sales support and design
or who work as SAN managers. Exams for Brocade certifications are
available at VUE testing centers.



Brocade also announced the Brocade Remote SAN Lab, which enables
customers to access an enterprise-level Brocade SAN environment via the
Internet—24×7. The Brocade Remote SAN Lab’s capabilities will combine
with training from Global Knowledge to help IT professionals studying
SAN achieve their training and certification goals. As part of the
agreement between Global Knowledge and Brocade, Global Knowledge will
offer classroom and on-site training on Brocade technologies in Europe,
North America and the Asia-Pacific region. Global Knowledge will also
provide the newest certification from Brocade, the Brocade Certified SAN
Manager. For more information on Global Knowledge, see



Brocade will support its extensive training options with the online SAN
Info Center, located at The SAN
Info Center will provide information on planning, implementing, managing
and evaluating networked storage environments and is designed for those
who want to research SAN solutions, learn SAN basics and uncover ROI



For more information on Brocade technology and training, see


Mapping the National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure and Cyberspace



Trade associations from the information technology and communications
sector have submitted their input on protecting the nation’s critical
infrastructure to the federal government. The Information Technology
Association of America (ITAA), the Telecommunications Industry
Association (TIA), the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet
Association (CTIA) and the U.S. Telecom Association (USTA) put together
a plan and presented it to the Department of Commerce and to Richard
Clarke, the chairman of the President’s Critical Infrastructure
Protection Board.



ITAA, TIA, CTIA and USTA are all sector coordinators—meaning they have
to develop input for the National Strategy that is specific to the
technology and communications sector, in addition to participating in
cross-sector input for the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure



Input from the information technology and communications sector deals
with the following issues:




  • The problem of ensuring operational continuity and ensuring the
    safety of the critical infrastructure, including a series of
    “First Principles” that will guide response to the critical
    information infrastructure challenge.
  • The context of critical infrastructure assurance—this sector in
    particular is responsible for managing the security and protection
    of its own operations, and its products, technology and services
    are a major aspect of securing other sectors. Thus, the technology
    and communications sector must develop commercial solutions, and
    at the same time, it must anticipate and respond to problems.
  • Delineating the aspects of critical infrastructure assurance that
    are industry-led from those that require more government
  • The steps that the information technology and communications
    sector must take now and how it can be prepared in the future to
    safeguard critical infrastructure components as the technology



The information technology and communications sector’s input will be
included in President Bush’s National Strategy for Critical
Infrastructure and Cyberspace Security, which is due out by the end of
July 2002.



School Days



These days, you can consider yourself lucky if you’re able to find a job
in IT, and if that employer is willing to support your IT certification
training, you’re doubly blessed. But training is often first to go as
companies try to manage their budgets in a down economy, so what do you
to maintain your ability to compete for jobs? Even worse, what can you
do if you’re stuck in the endless cycle of a fruitless job search?



In sunnier days, when we were all still wearing our rose-colored
glasses, it wasn’t uncommon for folks to skip college altogether and
jump right into the working world. But now that the job markets are more
competitive, those who’ve earned that degree might have an advantage,
especially if they’ve combined that degree with industry certifications
and a bit of experience.



How can attending college set you apart from your non-degreed peers? For
one thing, a degree shows that you are willing and able to commit to a
difficult task, follow through and achieve your goals. In the process,
you will develop skills beyond what you learn in certification training,
making you a well-rounded person/employee. One hidden benefit of
pursuing a degree in an
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