Welcome everyone. Thank you for joining. Today's webinar. Take the brocade fibre Channel challenge all lines will be placed on mute during the webinar. If you have a question, feel free to type your question into the bar on the side and we will try to address as many questions as possible at the end of the webinar. This webinar will be recorded and you will receive a link to the recording by the end of the week. And at this time, I'd like to hand it over to Celeste Crystal senior product marketing manager at broadcom.
Thanks, Kathy and good morning to everyone. We're happy to kick off our webcast on rotate education. I'm here with my colleague Dirk harmsen, and we're going to cover what's going on. What's new and brocade education. We're going to talk about the raffle announcement. That's very exciting news.
And we're going to talk about some new courses and before that covered the registration process, which is a very important step in getting more acquainted with Or not well before I move into what I actually see on this slide here because I did put my glasses on I do not have sunglasses on because she's facing the Sun and I am not indeed but I just want to share my personal agenda for this call because I do have a Personal Agenda. This is really die know that the people who have joined them to stick our web cast out the best of the best that we have out there. We really know this because you guys definitely mean who gets up writerly enjoys it an education webcast. You must really want to know more about your sand environment. And so this is definitely the right place to be for you so we do know plus I already know we're talking amongst ourselves. It's going to be the best of the best is the people who are really they really want to pursue their educational Journey.
They want to continue in that they want to continue to invest in themselves and what a better place to do that to find out a little bit more about brocade Education and Training that we have To learning because we're producing new content every week. We have some new content out there and you training on the latest and greatest in fibre Channel stand technology. And so we want to share that information with you today because it may not be obvious when you go into broke a dedication to look at what's available. We're going to review with you today what we've got in the catalog no doubt and the other other aspect of what really what I want to get across is I want to give you guys a cheat sheet to really make yourself in the mix for the raffle right? I'm going to I want don't tell Celeste they'll tell you I'm a tell you this.
What's the end of this broadcast and this webcast for those of you who are listening to us live and then you know, for those of you who are going to listen to us on some type of tape delay, you know, there's going to be some information supposed to stay tuned for that. Excellent. Now, I see a lot of prizes in front of me right now, and I'm just wondering like so what's going on with this raffle. We want to jump into that right now we do we do because actually if you can see some of the individuals who were picture here, these actually are some of our colleagues we didn't get in from a JC Penney catalog or something like that. We had a hard time getting the backpack back from the gentleman on the left side or right hand side depending where you're at and also the fleece jacket and I also know that from experience that we cannot keep these items in around our Cube area because what happens when we do that we need to get it out there in circulation. There's just too many questions people want to open the package. We want to look at it.
They want to talk to me and it's really, you know, it's actually easy for everyone to By the win there's raffle. I tell everybody the same thing. All you have to do is when you have to complete three quizzes to qualify for the raffle and the raffle starts today and goes for the next three months. And so you can take any course in our curriculum to qualify. You just have to pass the quiz and you have to pass three of them and it's that easy and and everyone has their name in a hat. It's randomly generated and in a raffle Manner and people, you know, you just have to be able to participate to get your name in that hat to win. Yeah.
Like I said, I'm going to tell you some courses that are good courses you can learn definitely learning it but you can move through rather quickly to get you in so Let's move into. All right, so we got a fantastic lineup, of course work that we're going to go through and one of the key things here is that we've created an education fundamentals learning path. This is both on the broadcom website, but also available in the downloadable materials from this webcast and part of this. The reason why we designed this fundamental learning path was to create a solid Path of Knowledge path and a journey for you to take that very clearly shows the steps needed to develop your knowledge base in fibre Channel and we started out with four, you know, the ultimate for beginners.
Tickle and to build upon that we can say extend five Hardware technology and other aspects of the technology that you can learn and as you follow this path the difficulty level of course increases as well as the complexity of the knowledge base troubleshooting and other types of more advanced skills can be developed by following this very simple path. That's right. That's right. So you can start at the beginning. If you're new to new to the San environment. If you have new colleagues who've been brought on board and he said where should I start?
Then you can start them to intro the five channels and I'm going to be talking a little bit more about some of these intro courses because they are very popular if we look at the metrics about as far as the courses that people are taking they are very popular and then you can move into some of the like select add a little bit more difficult courses one of the things this to do a recap for those of you who are maybe new to brocade education or want to know a little more when we moved underneath the broadcom umbrella we decided We'll do a few things. One of the things we try to do was move away from multi-day courses move more into these topical base courses, and these are more modular they're shorter, but they're really targeted and focused towards your particular learning objective. So if you want to know more about zoning as listed here on this particular path, you could take just a course just dedicated to zoning. And another point is very important point is that when we moved over to broadcom, we opened up all of our brocade training materials and made them free made them available 24/7 made them accessible to all of our partners and customers to be able to access this information.
All you need to qualify is to have a corporate or Enterprise email account not personal email just the corporate email account to register and gain access to our Learning Management portal will get into the details of that in a little bit, but I wanted to mention that this is revolutionary and Is that bringing a lot as training material and high-value training material and making it now available for free? Absolutely and I should know for I've been around the block for a long time here you're working with the education program and this is content that we used to charge a substantial fee for and now you have the opportunity to take for free and I don't know many vendors who are offering content for free but this is basically, you know, like s**** head high valued stuff is really really targeted to your particular learning objective. So can we jump right into it? Like what are some examples of the training? Yeah, we can so if we look at but these are all available. This is part of our catalog one of the things I did want to highlight on the right hand side. You can see the installation and administration.
So we have a number of individual topical based courses that are listed there, but we Also have if you look more towards the middle, there's like brocade Associates an administrator and broke a professional Santa - traitor that is still a course that has multiple modules within that and it's the closest thing that we have today still fairly popular. It's the closest thing that we have to kind of like a certification type course because it has all these individual courses group into a single course. Now, the one thing that I would say, this is probably not the course you want to take to qualify and it stood for the raffle because there's a lot of work involved if I'm if I'm going to say hey, what's the fastest path right now? I know you guys are all professional students. You're always wanting to grow your knowledge. We still do offer courses that bundle a bunch of modules together. Now, I will say that the test at the end of those two particular courses you the questions are still based on some of the original certification exam rights that we've done and so those questions are challenging. But again, they're open book.
You don't have to go to the internet and search for Define the First you can go within the content itself and find the answer. So we still have kind of some monolithic online courses that are available if you just want to go to a single course, but then we also have the individual courses as well listed on the right-hand side. Maybe we just take one step back just real quickly. I did I did also want to highlight one additional course on the left hand side of the fabric or less stressed implementation course, I'd be remiss to not talk about automation on an education webcast. I mean, who am I because I am in some regards to content developer of all the automation courses. You may say, what do I care? I use the GUI to manage my environment or use the CLI to manage it. Well, maybe you have I know you guys are education all-stars. So maybe you have some interest in learning more about how an API functions. I want to learn more about a restful implementation so that when my colleagues my peers are talking about those Concepts certainly is industry standard you can go and say, you know like that.
Course on that and I kind of understand even if you don't want to, you know move into automation realm just yet within your environment. This is a great course to start to learn more. It's about three hour course, so it's a little bit more lengthy, but you're going to learn a lot about the restful approach and then I give I give examples of how we have brocade or implementing it. This will just give you can leverage across platforms to any other vendor and take a look at how they would approach no arrests infrastructure.
We also have a number of courses on software management courses. This is on the left hand side. You see brocade Network advisor and then our recently released software management tool Sam nav. So we're constantly updating the list on the right hand side. They had new courses we've decides to again break down these courses topically, you know, and so you have the ability if you want to learn more about former management how to perform that or how to configure maps in your particular environment or IDE to do zoning using sand dab. You can just go directly to the individual course. What's great about this as well. As I said, they're all free you can take it 24 by 7 and you can basically go in we're going to walk through the registration process again, but you can just register for these courses and access them anytime you want. Absolutely and if you can't remember the title as what we're showing you a lot of titles right now, if you can't remember the exact title, it's no big deal.
use the search bar and type in approximately the name of the class and it'll pull up a series of classes that Now these are kind of different training the different area of training there said that we offer. I don't know if you want to get yeah, I'm just going to say a few words. So we're always trying to cover every angle and so the right hand side is really update courses every time we release a major fabric operating system released version We produce training on that that just talks about the Delta. So if you really want to learn a little bit more about how should I really move to this particular piece of code for my environment you want to know about what's new functionality. You can always search for a product update training type of course, and that will have that and then we also have courses on our scip functionality. We have troubleshooting courses and mdme courses as well. So we have specialized skills or specialized skills. Absolutely.
Yeah, we try to offer learning and education for different styles of learning and this is no exception. We offer video when you see the V ID codes and next to the name of the training that indicates that it's a video training class. And these are short topic based product specific training courses that also offer a checklist and on-site checklist that you can use basically is the cheat sheet along alongside, you know, if you're on site, yep. Yep. Okay.
So one of the main questions that have come up and so we put together a very short step by step guide to make it so everyone can do it and be able to easily Yeah, we're always coming up trying to come up with new redirects your else that make it easier to understand remember. It's a remember right now. And so the primary, you know link this is a redirect as well is broadcom.com for registration. Again, this is for people who have not yet registered yet. Yeah, that's important. Yeah, and so there are a number of options that you need to select and Enterprise as you can see if we were if we were going to itemize the list here. There's an Enterprise option that you want to select. This is Bay still gives you a guest account no matter what you do here. Once you complete all these steps, it gives you guest access into our learning management system or a customer are our portal the broadcom portal and then there are additional steps you can do to upgrade your account to get stuff like be able to open support tickets and things of that nature. We're not going to cover that aspect. We're just going to get you in base.
Access to our portal an important check box is the you need to select brocade storage networking and product specific access. Yes, that will put that will filter out a lot of the C8 type and other operations underneath the broadcom. Umbrella exactly.
And then you have to yeah you do.
Wow, they making you do Max he is I was able to complete this one rather quickly 1 times 2 is actually went out and I tried to do another math problem. It was two times five and I was struggling as to where is the one where it says all the stop signs. I fail at that too and all the traffic lights. But in this case, I've gone through the process myself and you do have to solve a rudimentary math problem. And then after that, that's it you do it. Yeah, it's pretty simple and you will get an email that because it's betted on the back side that says hey, you know you welcome to so and so and then you're able to move onto another redirect here, right? Exactly.
And then that will put you into the broadcom portal and then you can select the learning The Learning Management icon within that which is not listed here on this particular slide and then it will bring you into our learning management system and you'll have some type of screen here that show below here your name should be there. Whoever Jared is we don't know who Jared is but must be a very important person to be on our slide. Yeah, he's new but this is really what you're going to start out. You're going to be dropping this area and you're going to be doing a search if you're not using when the curriculum passage you actually know the name, you can put a search in for API, or you can search for rest or you can search for zoning whatever it is on the top box or in the middle box, or you can put a coat of course code value in there.
Then it will bring up a number of results and then you're in so in this example here someone put in product training on the previous screen and it brought up a number of courses. This happens to be some of those videos that's less was just previously talked about talking about and so and basically from here you just select the course that you want. You click on the name of the course and then it will actually bring you to a page where you can actually register for the course one of the things that we've implemented as we put the timestamp so the amount of time it takes to complete the course at the bottom of each course, and this will help to guide you in terms of how the length of the course the time commitment required and then the amount of you know, I guess the prerequisites and other details are also listed on the course information.
And then it's really simple this point. There's no credit card information that you have to enter there's no special thing. All you have to do is Select request. If you select request you're going to get an email you'll get a personalized certificate for me that says welcome to that's not going to happen. I thought I won the vote when we voted for that. But I evidently I didn't but that's not how you remember why I believe they were seven people voting and it was five to one against me may be true. And so I appreciate that. You're neutral you can watch it the course and you know, what even the second time you go through it still free. It's amazing. Yes, very good.
This is a an example of what In this particular case, there's a lot of learning assets here. A lot of learning elements. This might be similar to this that DPS a course of the said that a bunch of your modules within that. Typically you're only going to have one to two modules in the in that particular course and you're going to select launch to launch that particular asset once every asset with each element within this list has a check mark next to it. That means that that acid has been completed. So there's a lot of assets here. So if I started the first two and I don't know got interrupted and came back later. What would it look like when I come back in? So it should remember where you were where you're at. It was in your previously left off.
About Channel or whatever it is. I know the no one on this calls. This is the problem. We're more into CNN or whatever. Whatever it is. Are you online gaming is done for the night. Definitely there's opportunity to all right, and then one thing I would do want to point out at the bottom that previous slide is there is an assessment test each. One of these courses does have a very short assessment test except for some of these longer ones that I mentioned pretty much they're typically ten questions or less. The bar is not set. Terribly High. We just wanted to basic test proficiency. You have the ability to look up the answers, you know within the student guide that's there. So we're really not trying to trip you up. We've been through all the content developers have been through the high-stakes certification rights. We know what the questions are. We've been sequestered in Utah for weeks where there's nothing else to do but right tough questions, we made these questions applicable to the course, but not we're not really trying to stump you for a ready to take the test and they don't pass it the first time.
You know, you have the you should have unlimited attempts and we're not tracking how many times you take the quest the test to to, you know to kind of browbeat you or anything like that. Basically, we want to make this, you know, we want to make sure that you understand the content and we but we also want to make sure that you can move on and gain course completion.
And then you have the ability after you're done underneath my transcripts to print out a certificate of completion. Now, you have the ability to print these out and put these in your neighbors Cube. Probably not the best place to put them you could send to your boss. They're still kept my transcripts you can go to that and you can go and print out each one of our student guys. We show step by step process of how to print these out within the within the intro module, but you have the ability to print these out at any particular time.
Great. Well, let's jump into your recommendations for introductory courses and what's new out there. So this is some of our more popular courses and courses. Like I said, I want to give you a cheat sheet for being able to you know qualify for our our raffle. Here are some of the courses that I would definitely direct you to such as mentioned in the introduction of fibre Channel fans. This is a very, you know, it's a it's a it's a starter course, but it really talks to a new technology. One of the biggest challenges is some of the terminology so I know you took this course as well, right you get to learn a lot about these 101 courses are really meant to give you a taste of that particular piece of technology, and this is no different.
And if I reach an environment basic topologies and things of that nature. So again, this is a very popular course and it's a course that would highly recommend, you know for you getting yourself on the path towards being in the mix for our raffle beginners or as a refresher as well.
This is Sister course to introduction to five accounts and a little bit more difficult on the scale because we're talking about as you can see here. We're talking about the frame format. But if you really want to know some of the do a little bit deeper dive even though it's an intercourse.
It covers is little more deeper dive on fibre Channel itself as opposed to just stands this is of course for you and you can take this in conjunction with the with the with its introduction to fibre Channel San so you're going to get into protocols and you can get them to the frame format bluffer bluffer bluffer bluffer credits and things that are you know fundamental to fibre Channel and so this is another starting point again another popular course that people take just to get going I would be remiss if you talk about our courses by didn't introduce another no course. It just basically covers all of our Hardware. We have a Gen 6, which is our current generation of switches. We also have a gen5 course I didn't list here. If you want to talk about a little bit more of our previous generation, but this is a course where you can learn about all of our products in a single place. So instead of going out to different data sheets, here's a place where you can learn about all the different switches which switches have so many ports and you know, how many power supplies did they have and it's a fairly quick study of these particular products. But again another course, you can take to learn about the breadth of brocade products, but then also qualify check another course off the list of the three courses you need to qualify for your raffle again little bit of a cheat sheet here.
These are the courses that I would recommend to get you qualified and I want to see as many people because you guys will be all Ours, I want to see the people on this particular webcast qualifying for the raffle and getting a chance of winning some of the pretty cool swag that we have. Now. This is one of the newer classes then asks, not everyone knows about Santa's not everyone knows about for the most part and general fibre channel topic. So I'm not really an expert. So I did look through some of these courses and I was like, so why do we have two of them and instead of going to the application developer or the content developer himself, which I did do as well. I have to be honest, but I did open up the classes myself and take a look at and go. Oh so sand a product overview. Oh that so basically what we've done is it just talk about the whole solution entire the entirety there's we have a product called Stand to have management portal. And then we also have another product that's called standout global view. I was what is the difference between the two because the network advisor will we didn't have two different names?
And so what I learned by looking at the cord is that the sand that has global view is kind of a manager of managers. So what you would do is you would use this and that management portal for maybe an individual site and if you had multiple sites, what you could do is have an instance of stand that magic portal for each site and then this global view kind of manages the entire environment. So you have a dashboard of all your environments and then you're able to drill down into that individual saying that management management portal instance by selecting and on that particular dashboard, so I didn't even know that prior to taking these courses. Yeah, and this is you know, the next generation of what's happening in visibility and analytic it is the next Generation.
Yeah, evidently you can More efficient so you can get your task done, you know at a better pastry dashboard tool as well as a great great dashboard to Tool. So these are two courses you can take that kind of give you an introduction to the standout world. And there's there's many more on there is many many more but these two again if you want to qualify for the raffle, which is what I really care about at this particular point. I want the people on this webcast the definitely qualify. These are two courses you can I recommend I personally recommend that you can move through learn something but also not have to spend the rest of your life doing it. All right Derek. I think you want everyone to win I do I do. I'm rooting for everybody. So, you know, she's not going to have me reach into the bag because if I recent of a gunman grabbed everyone's name out, so we may never move we met me never move on for that. So let me ask actually have to get someone else who's more qualified.
Or so we decided to develop again. No fabric vision is a tool that we use that you can do to manage your environment. So what basically from a high level you-you-you by this license you acquire this technology and you can monitor the transceivers you can monitor all the physical ports. You can monitor your e ports your at ports and then have alerts sent out based upon thresholds that you that you set. So this is our kind of our management are is a management tool but it's also you know basically monitoring is a monitoring tool for your environment. So some people may not know about fabric vision. And so this is a kind of a short course and you can see a graphic here with a bunch of acronyms in a bunch of names and not going to walk through that because basically what the course does for you is it walk through each one of these names Maps fpi dashboards one by one and just kind of just describes what they are.
So it's a great place to start is a great place to be The pass the test is a great place to get qualified for the raffle. And here's the subjects that I know, you know a lot about yeah, so I'm only going to talk about is just kind of Falls by the wayside, but I'm doing my best to talk about the breadth of our portfolio. And this is a great course again to qualify for the raffle and a great course to learn about our entire strategy. So, you know the previous course I mentioned the rest 320 320 course that's really a deep dive. This is kind of a high level approach. I just explain what our rest API strategy is from a high level. And then I also explain what pipe losses which is literally a python-based wrapper around our rest calls and said, what is that? Well, you can take this call I take this course to learn a little bit more about that. I'm not going to drag you through the weeds in this particular course.
I'm just going to give you a flavor of what these tools are and then I also mentioned ansible which is kind of an Castration software suite we talked about how that might play into an automation strategy within the broken environment. So this is definitely a course that I would highly recommend you take for yourself to learn about automation strategy to learn about Automation in general because I know that you guys always want to learn about new technologies and this is this is a technology that's always hot and a great place to do to qualify for the raffle and speaking of hot new technologies. We've got Envy me over fiber channel. This is a basic overview course, but highly comprehensive and it's a very highly technical course as well. Yeah it is and I took it I didn't realize I didn't realize I didn't realize I didn't realize you don't have to do it.
Only a software upgrade and so you can just plug in whether it's in the future and nvme device or it's an SCP device and you're good to go. And so you learn about some of the latency benefits and in benefits when you move towards an nvme environment and so there's a lot of times where I this is really forward-looking course, but I think it is the future of fibre Channel because it's doesn't require a referral replace type solution.
And then I would be remiss because we have another 101 course about ficon. I'll be honest with you. I know very little about ficon but I do know after walking through these slides. I know what a chip. It is an LPR and I know you know a cup and different terminology. So literally what this course does if you want to be conversant at lunch you'll for bike on and fight the topic of Icon comes up or you're in a Mainframe environment or you need to educate other people. We have a very deep dive course on ficon that will take you some time to get through but we also have produce a one-on-one level course.
You learn a lot of the terminology so that you can be you start to become proficient in that in this area. So another one of our 101 courses and I believe it's the last course that we're going to talk about. So, how do you win the raffle remind me again? Why I think you have to take three automation courses. Is that what it is? It's not it all again. I'm getting a head shake or is it or is it three of the 101 courses just the 101 courses?
Choose again, we're not going to hold it against you some of the shorter courses from the 101 courses because you can learn a lot and also qualify for the raffle and I have a feeling that I'm not going to be the one choosing the names.
I think we just I think we just came up with that being I was hoping that it's less without stain and I could get bring in some other people to qualify the who vote for me to do it, but I have a feeling that this decisions semifinal Burlington brocade education group, this is very popular group. I think we have maybe 3,700 people who have joined at this point and have participated in sharing information. This is a place where we also post some of the newer collateral pieces like white papers anything that's knowledge-based and education dates. We post to Arlington page and we welcome your participation. You just have to request to join and we'll let you in Facebook Facebook page.
You how to access the information, right and a question just came in that I wanted I want to quickly address in order to qualify for the raffle. You do have to complete the quiz as true. But you also have to complete the for the course. The course itself has to be marked as complete and order for the course team are complete the learning assets that are in that list. You have a red checkmark next to him because you can take the quiz prior to completing but we don't want I just don't just want to say that the court all the course material all the required course materials need to be complete and at that particular point, you can print out the certificate so it's not just taking the quiz and that is what I just jump to it and take the quiz, but you do have to review the learning materials and then take that's right. You have to have the check mark to say that the course is complete.
I just want to make sure that I cover that and again There are many of the links that we have talked about you can download these links in the attached hand out file that came with this webcast and and we welcome you to do. So, so if you have any further questions, you can always reach us at brocade education that broadcom.com. We'll see you in there. I'll have to fix that but you get the point and we welcome your feedback on our LinkedIn page on Facebook and by email as well. So hopefully it will stay in communication and as The Prize winners come up from the raffle will be sure to post this on our LinkedIn education.
Yeah, we do have some questions that have come in and so I want to address one or two of these are the questions that are that are here. There was a question about performance. Yes. We do have courses on performance and and and the statistics that you can gather from from the sand that's underneath the fabric Vision course where I don't know that the course name off the top of my head. It was it was actually in the list, but there was a fabric Vision course that will address any performance questions to see if I'm getting the deck here.
And then and then there was also a question. Are there any external links to video training with the to do those videos? I think most of our content is still within the learning management system. Is that correct questions that came in how can I find out when new classes become available?
So when you classes become available, we post the information right away on our LinkedIn brocade education group page. This is a place where you can see real time as soon as it is posted will be sure to notify everyone in that group.
Okay, and then another one was if I can't remember the exact title of the training class. How do I find the course that I'm looking for?
Okay, so that's an easy one. If you cannot remember the exact title, but you know the topic that's covered. You can put in various keywords into the search bar to search for the titles that might fit what you're looking for. And then I have another one that's pertaining to the raffle If I complete more than three quizzes. Do I still qualify for the raffle? Like if I do six quizzes, does it double my chances?
You can take as many quizzes as you like and certainly we will have periodic will pull the different raffle names at different times over the next three months. And so, of course it will increase your chances of getting your name pulled more than once during numerous raffle, you know opportunities, especially if I will sneak my way in there. But again, it's the you complete the course which includes the quiz. Yeah. That's how I have not no. Yeah. Well on that note good luck everybody good luck with winning the raffle prizes and thank you for joining us today.
Take care, everyone.