As a holder of many technical certifications every few months I have to renew some. When possible I try to renew the certifications with a new track instead of doing the newer version of the exam I’ve already done. This time was the turn of HP ASE - Network Infrastructure 2011 to be renewed as HP ASE - FlexNetwork Integrator V1 and HP ASE - FlexNetwork Architect V2 . Four exams are availale to upgrade, I choose HP2-Z31 - Creating HP Software-defined Networks because I hear a lot about SDN but I had not the opportunity to explore this topic yet.

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Many network vendors are publishing simulators to the community. A simulator can be a way to complete a training or can be used for a PoC . GNS3 maybe is the most famous emulator while others like eNSP for Huawei, Cisco’s VIRL , Juniper Junosphere are available or will be available soon. The big name missing so far was HP. Last December HP announced on Linkedin the availability of a simulator for Comware platform:

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As many other vendors HP has a fast track for people already certified with Cisco to achieve an HP certification skipping some basic exams. There’s an upgrade path tool available on HP website than shows the required exams for each path. CCIE R&S certification in my case allows to get “HP MASE Network Infrastructure” passing two exams: HP0-Y32: designing and troubleshooting open standard networks HP0-Y37: migrating and troubleshooting HP enterprise networks Class training is optional, exams are delivered in Pearson VUE centers, books are available in HP Press website .

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Where the vNic meets the SDN

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