RAMBO wrote:Which one of these (CCIE switching and routing or CCIE security) is going to be more in demand in the future for those that are already in the field?
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Captain Ned wrote:RAMBO wrote:Which one of these (CCIE switching and routing or CCIE security) is going to be more in demand in the future for those that are already in the field?
This guy who's a financial regulator in his day job will always vote for security. Stringing Cat-5 and plotting switches is easy. Keeping out the bad guys and stopping internal users from being stupid will always be more challenging.
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Yes and no. Up until the practical tests, you can actually study it up to a CCIE without that much pure cisco experience. A colleque at work actually has CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCIP, CCDP and written CCIE(R&S). Has he ever worked in a live cisco envirorment... nope. Has he rented a lab and studied a whole lot... quite so. But then, thats probably more of an exception than a rule. That said, he missed the two first tries at the practical tests of CCIE(R&S), which I woud chalk down a whole lot to the lack of practical experience. But he does have experience with Nortel and Juniper gear for the last years, and networking is networking, even though everything Cisco is preferable if you are going for cisco certifactions.grantmeaname wrote:The CCIE is a multiple-day exam with like 9 lab components or some insane nonsense. IIRC it requires a bunch of experience in the field as well. There's a reason a CCIE is worth six figures. CCNP shouldn't be too hard. If you apply yourself you should be able to get the CCNP by the time you graduate by studying outside of class-- heck, I did half of the CCNA my senior year of high school, no reason you couldn't push through it in a good bit less than four years.
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