I have been really busy (as usual) with work, learning a number of new stuff in Provisioning services, making mistakes and learning from them etc. Amidst all that chaos I manage to sat (finally) my Brocade Certified Network Engineer (BCNE) exam. Pretty happy with my score, for the first time I got a perfect score. It was surprisingly pretty easy as long as you got your Cisco basics boiled down.
So it was testing day, got to my pod, breezed through the questions. Unlike Cisco exams where you get lab sims, Brocade’s BCNE is more into concepts and examples. But them again, compared to Cisco’s CCNA R&S exam, Brocade goes more in depth with OSPF’s virtual links, QoS etc which you wouldn’t normally encounter until to get into the Cisco’s CCNP track.
I think it was a day or two later, I received an email from Brocade’s head quarters congratulating me at the same time asking me how I was able to finish the exam quickly and getting a perfect score. Told them my background that I work for an ISP, went through Brocade training given by Brocade trainers, I am sort of in-charge of deploying Brocade ICX switches in our core network and a CCNP, working towards getting a CCIE in the near future. She (Brocade University head) immediately replied, she’s just doing her duty and its all good as she also heard the same story from the rest who passed.
So for now, I’am going to give myself a month to just rest and concentrate more with work. It has been really stressful trying to balance everything. I think i’ve mentioned that I am not going to muck around with an associate certification and probably just go straight and study to get my CCIE number…finally.