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Brocade Certified Architect for FICON 2013 Exam (BCAF)

As a Brocade Certified Architect for FICON, you must be able to understand IBM System z I/O concepts, demonstrate knowledge of Brocade Director and switching SAN components and FICON extension, design, install, configure, maintain, and manage Brocade hardware and software products for local and long distance environments.

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Brocade Certified Architect for FICON 2013 Exam Topics

The Brocade Certified Architect for FICON exam has these objectives:

Architecture

  • Describe System z host, I/O channel subsystem, and FICON protocol architecture
  • Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of System z channel I/O system configuration
  • Describe System z I/O, channel, and CUP interdependencies

Design Considerations

  • Given a scenario, describe Single Director vs. Cascaded Director design requirements
  • Given a scenario, describe scalability considerations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Virtual Fabrics
  • Given a scenario, describe the factors that influence FICON performance
  • Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of High Availability (HA) and disaster recovery solutions
  • Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of FICON and FCP intermix configurations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of extension solutions

Implementation

  • Describe basic FICON installation best practices
  • Given a scenario, demonstrate the ability to implement a cascaded FICON solution in a pure Fabric OS environment

Management

  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to use Brocade tools to manage FICON solutions
  • Describe the benefits and uses of FICON CUP
  • Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of firmware and configuration management tools

Maintenance

  • Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of tools used for problem determination

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