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Brocade Certified Fabric Designer Gen 5 Exam

As a Brocade Certified Fabric Designer, you must be able to identify key fabric design concepts, assess and analyze fabric requirements through detailed collection of data, define metrics that determine success and identify trade-offs involving manageability, availability, scalability, and performance to create a successful fabric design which meets t the requirements, then translate the architecture into a deployment plan, including integration into existing environments.

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Brocade Certified Fabric Designer Gen 5 Exam Topics

The Brocade Certified Fabric Designer exam has these objectives:

Pre-Design Data Gathering

  • Identify how to assess current and future SAN infrastructure requirements
  • Identify the information that must be captured for applications, servers, storage, and network devices to design a fabric
  • Given a scenario, gather requirements to design a fabric to meet Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

Design Assessment

  • Given a scenario, design a solution that meets the customer's requirements
  • Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of resiliency, redundancy, HA and locality
  • Given a scenario, describe the various documents required in the design assessment

Management and Monitoring Tools

  • Given a scenario, describe how to satisfy a specific monitoring requirement
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Brocade management tools

Hardware/Software Products and Features

  • Describe knowledge of connectivity for Brocade products
  • Given a scenario, describe Brocade hardware products and their purposes
  • Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of Brocade software features and purposes

Distance Solutions

  • Given availability, performance and distance requirements, design an appropriate long-distance solution using Fibre Channel
  • Given a specific set of requirements, demonstrate the ability to design a SAN extension solution using FCIP

Performance Tuning and Optimization

  • Given a performance scenario, determine an appropriate solution
  • Describe strategies for maximizing throughput in a fabric using Brocade product features

Migration, Integration and Validation

  • Given a set of existing fabrics and network devices, determine a consolidation or upgrade plan that minimizes disruption
  • Given a scenario, develop a plan to validate a design


  • Identify requirements for restricting which switches/devices may join a fabric
  • Identify security features that restrict administrative access to a switch

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