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The second prerequisite is a third-party networking exam or credential (such as various exams from Microsoft or Novell) or credentials from Red Hat, Novell, Microsoft, the Linux Professional Institute and other organizations.
Additionally, the candidate must submit proof of completion of the third-party requirements to HP. These prerequisites are important because they give the candidate a well-rounded background for being able to set up and configure the blades in the customers’ environments.
The one core requirement for the AIS credential is a five-day class called Implementing HP Blade System. This class covers hardware setup and configuration, operating system installation, driver installation, ProLiant Essentials installation and management instrumentation. The majority of class time is spent actually performing these activities and using the installed tools.
Along with acquiring the prerequisites, the candidate must pass the exam Implementing HP BladeSystem to attain the AIS – HP BladeSystem (2007) credential.
The top-level integration certification for HP Blade System is ASE – HP BladeSystem (2007). IT professionals who seek this credential are expected to be able to provide higher-level, solution-based services such as performance tuning through the operating system and HP tools such as SIM, scripting-utilizing Rapid Deployment Pack (RDP), server redeployment through migration tools such as ProLiant to ProLiant (P2P) or ProLiant to Virtual (P2V), virtual server configuration and management instrumentation and operating system/application/hardware problem isolation and diagnosis.
The ASE credential has two prerequisites and one core requirement. The AIS – HP BladeSystem (2007) credential is the first. The second is a third-party systems engineering certification pertaining to a server operating system such as Windows, NetWare, Linux or Solaris. The candidate must submit proof of completion of the third-party requirement to HP.
The one core requirement is the five-day course Implementing and Managing HP BladeSystem in the Enterprise, which covers virtualization, server consolidation and performance-tuning techniques.
The candidate who then passes the Implementing and Managing HP BladeSystem in the Enterprise exam has earned the ASE – HP BladeSystem (2007) credential.
A Better Customer Experience
“We’re encouraging our partners to pursue these HP blade credentials,” Reedy said. “We believe they will prove that a reseller has the right knowledge and skills to deliver a blade-based solution that will fully meet a customer’s expectations. Certification is invaluable to be sure the job is done right.”
To learn more about the new HP BladeSystem credentials, as well as other credentials offered by the worldwide HP Certified Professional Program, please visit www.hp.com/go/certification.
Linda Musthaler is a principal analyst at Essential Solutions Corp. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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