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I was looking at the list of cheap certs and I see HP & Brocade on the list, while I would love to be the phone guy with HP certs while the HP site support doesn't is there any real value to these cheap certs?
If you are a tech and your business requires these certs then yes there is value to them.
Outside of this scenario...no, no value at all.
Some people love picking low hanging fruit, go ahead if you're bored.
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To be fair, Brocade owns a huge chunk of the SAN switching market. As far as HPs, I have seen some cheaper MSPs running HP switches. They aren't horrible but they aren't what I could call great either. I suppose it depends on where you are in our career or where you're working. If you're going to be working in an environment where you're constantly servicing different customer environments, it's good to have a knowledge of different products.
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true, these certs will only benefit some one who works in HP products
As far as HPs, I have seen some cheaper MSPs running HP switches.
I work in K-12 education, and I see a lot of HP switches in this environment. HP will practically give them away to school systems for next to nothing, and for a non-critical environment like that, they're perfect for what they do (nobody really seems to care about 24/7 uptime in a public school). They don't do everything that a more expensive Cisco or Juniper will, but they serve a purpose. I haven't heard good things about HP routers, but we don't have any onsite, so I wouldn't know.
Honestly, there is so little difference between Cisco and HP command line that getting certified in anything HP just seems like a waste. Once you get the whole VLAN tagged/untagged/no untagged down, you're golden. And trying to navigate/register at the HP ExpertONE site is enough to make anyone lose interest.
Brocade SAN stuff is okay. However, if I ever applied for a job and they were a Brocade/Foundry network shop I would look somewhere else. I wouldn't waste your time on it, but IIRC there is a way to take it that is almost free.