BIF wrote:You are so right, it is a trend to a "mainframeless mainframe" model! And the pendulum continues to swing...
I say if it interests you, then hit the ground running and take the coursework. That is usually the biggest cost factor anyway, and requires the biggest time commitment (and $ too if your employer doesn't cover it). The actual cert exams are usually quite cheap in comparison.
When it comes to education of any kind (classroom, video, self-study, YouTube tutorials, etc.), I always choose "more". Deciding to take the cert can always happen later.
Hz so good wrote:... If I can work my way up from MCSE and Netware Engineer to "the Cisco/Adtran/Wireless dude", I can do this, too. Thanks guys!
Aphasia wrote:To be honest, if you are renewing cisco certs anyway take a look at the datacenter track and see what is compatible there, but the datacenter track should go through most of it unless you are also interrested in vmware specifics and virtualization in general beyond the networking. I havent had that much experience with the Nexus1000V except for standard mangement, and from that viewpoint, it's basically works as any other physical switch that I usually work with, especially since the other connecting Nexus parts is still all physical hardware.
From a pure virtualization standpoint, I'm more interested in where SDN and some of the open alternatives will go in the coming years.
As for where you should look for the virtualization pieces, I have no idea of specifics being a security and networking guy myself.
Aphasia wrote:To be honest, I've read a lot of preparing books, but never got around to taking any of the cisco certs since I kind of changed my focus and took several other certs instead, like the CISSP and various other security related courses together with a few version of the ITSM / ITIL. Although I'm also on the run to get a few of the Cisco CCxA certs together with CCSA/CCSE (checkpoint), both because and as a point to collect CPE's for the CISSP. So I'm greatly interested in hearing further on how they are nowdays since they have changed quite a bit recently.
That said, my current experience from coworkers was that up to CCxP level you are fine with GNS3 and virtual lab enviroments, although if you feel like it, at the higher levels, buying remote lab time might be beneficial if you don't want to tinker in the extremes. As for IE levels, labtime and especially work experience counts for so much more of the practical test. One guy I worked with read himself up to CCIE written(R&S) without ever having worked with cisco equipment outside of GNS3 and a bit of lab time. Took 3 tries to nail the practical test though
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