Nortel Releases to Support Communications Server
Nortel Networks has launched two certifications to complement its new Multimedia Communications Server (MCS) 5100 version 3.0, which was released Sept. 30 this year. The Certified Design Specialist (NNCDS) – VoIP Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5100 3.0 and Certified Support Specialist (NNCSS) – VoIP Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5100 3.0 credentials, which were updated from previous versions, were developed over the course of three months, said Sandy Williams, portfolio manager of certification programs at Nortel Networks.
“We really rely on our subject-matter experts on the product to provide expertise about the details of the product, and that really helps guide us in terms of what to cover,” Williams said of the development procedure. “We go through a rigorous process to make sure the exams support the product, and that it’s truly an exam that validates your knowledge.”
The Nortel MCS 5100 3.0 is an application server that includes features such as call management and screening, desktop video calling, collaboration tools, multi-point videoconferencing and chat session capability. “It’s actually a very scalable product,” said Leslie Dube, director of enterprise educational programs at Nortel Networks. “It supports offices in the range of anywhere between 50 to 250 users, and can scale up to 60,000 users.”
The NNCDS – VoIP MCS 5100 3.0 credential requires successful completion of two exams, Technology Standards and Protocols for IP Telephony Solutions (#920-803) and MCS 5100 3.0 (#920-139). Major objectives for the latter include product portfolio (30 percent of exam questions), system design (22 percent), internetworking (17 percent) and system architecture (12 percent).
Candidates for the NNCSS – VoIP MCS 5100 3.0 certification must pass the Technology Standards and Protocols for IP Telephony Solutions (#920-803) and MCS 5100 3.0 (#920-140) exams. The latter exam mainly focuses on system administration and management (43 percent), configuration (19 percent), hardware and software installation (19 percent) and system overview (13 percent).
The Technology Standards and Protocols for IP Telephony Solutions (#920-803) exam, required for both certifications, recently replaced the previous VoIP Technology test (#920-801). Candidates who already have completed #902-801 do not have to take the updated version, as the earlier exam counts as credit for these new credentials. These exams, which are about 55 to 65 questions apiece, are available at Thomson Prometric testing centers.
For more information, see www.nortel.com/certification.