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11 Best IT Certifications For Cutting-Edge Skills

Networking and infrastructure professionals looking to improve their job skills should consider these groundbreaking training programs.
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The networking industry is suffering a bit of an identity crisis, making the once clear path to networking success seem mighty murky. Industry leaders are debating basic ideas like whether networks should be hardware or software, and a significant percentage of the most experienced architects and engineers are veering off into such disciplines as virtualization, cloud architecture, and even application development.

Cisco's CCIE has long been the pinnacle of networking certifications. But in a time of uncertainty, the predictable route may not be the best one. Even Cisco is introducing new education programs to adapt to the changing technology landscape, as you'll see.

So, this might not be the best time to lean back on that old CCNA and take it easy. In fact, it's probably an excellent time for enterprising IT pros to explore the new opportunities in emerging technologies and job roles. We've assembled a list of certification and training programs in areas that show large amounts of growth for networking professionals. Check them out and consider just where your career path might take you next. 

 

Susan Fogarty has almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise network infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its ... View Full Bio

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aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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6/27/2014 | 2:25:20 AM
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Any one out here for Certified Data Centre Management Professional (CDCMP), how well it suits cloud and virtulization needs. Any experiances .
aditshar1
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6/27/2014 | 2:17:43 AM
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@Susan, You keep up a point, no use of collecting bunch of certificates it will just take your resume in different and confusing direction. I believe your certificates should reflect your expertise so employer understand what exactly candidate can deliver.
MarciaNWC
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6/26/2014 | 10:59:18 AM
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Certifications are always a big point of debate in security; while many say you can't be without a CISSP, others say practical experience is way more valuable, and is what employers are looking for above all. I'm guessing a lot of employers though use the CISSP as a checklist item in hiring.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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6/26/2014 | 9:34:46 AM
Re: Cost
I always wonder when I see a person with a really long list of certifications how they possibly had time to study and take all of those tests while doing a full-time job. If you are a consultant or something I can see why it might be really useful for getting clients and work, but if not, it seems kind of extraneous to just collect them...
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6/24/2014 | 6:28:47 PM
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@Susan... Yes, if you are employed by a company that will pay for you to become certified that's great. If you are coming out of school and trying to break into the field it makes it tough. I don't see certs going away anytime soon.

aditshar1
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6/24/2014 | 1:47:27 AM
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I agree you on cross vendor certification, but one hiring tend these days shows that employers prefer candidate with valid certification in the area they expertise. But i do admit that too many certifications also hamper your resume.
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6/23/2014 | 4:21:02 PM
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That condition souds like major motivation to study up before the exam!
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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6/23/2014 | 9:58:46 AM
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Paul, I have to say I agree with you that the certification model of education and proving your worth is not particularly fair or effective. It just seems to be the way the industry has evolved. As @aditshar pointed out, his company paid for several certification programs for him. But I believe he works for an extremely large company. So only the IT pros working in that environment where their employers have big training budgets are really able to benefit.

I also think the vendor-centric nature of the certs is going to rapidly decline in usefulness, and I wonder if we'll see more cross-vendor certs, or more people not bothering to get certified in the first place because the skills are not applicable enough to their real work. Anyone have thoughts on that?
aditshar1
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6/23/2014 | 2:41:51 AM
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In India most of the companies and enterprise are sponsoring these kind of certification. I did CCNA, CCNP, JNCIA and they all were sponsored by my company. The only condition is i should pass, in case i fail the exam i had to bear the cost.
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6/23/2014 | 2:38:27 AM
Re: Additional certs?
Yes I agree ITIL ask you to adapt common model, but again you can modify or make hybrid model as per your need. But this shall increase management pain and i guess just to reduce stress and glichtes in process and management ITIL helps you to bring your self on common platform.
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