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Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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4/22/2014 | 10:29:23 PM
Top certifications
Do you agree with the certifications we've listed here? What certs or other educational programs are on your radar for providing value to today's IT professionals?
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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4/24/2014 | 10:02:11 AM
Vertical View?
With so many certifications available, these days you could become a full-time student and test-taker if you wanted (and could afford it)! One consideration I've wondered about: If you're in a vertical market such as healthcare or finance, are there specific certifications of more use than others? 
jgherbert
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4/24/2014 | 2:18:50 PM
Re: Top certifications
Well, the list from memory covers Virtualization, Storage, Server OS, Security and Networking. I'm not going to disagree with it, mainly because it covers a lot of topics that are relevant to the industry.

I do wonder whether we'll ever see a shift away from the vendor certs and see vendor independent certs as being the "high value" ones as they're applicable in more scenarios (assuming you can turn your hand to implementation on a given platform). 

I also wonder at what point being certified in a programming language will creep in. I've already heard some people saying that they are only hiring network engineers who have some programming abilities in addition to their other skills.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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4/24/2014 | 3:57:30 PM
Re: Top certifications
Hi John -- Interesting question you raise about programming certifications.  The overall topic of whether network engineers need programming skills was a big one at Interop earlier this month. There seems to be a wide range of views on the issue: http://www.networkcomputing.com/networking/sdn-programming-skills-needed---or-not/d/d-id/1234728

 

 

 
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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4/24/2014 | 4:14:13 PM
Re: Top certifications
That's an interesting article; thanks for sharing, Marcia. 

I suspect we're going to go through some phases as SDN becomes more prevalent. Up front - for the next few years most likely - I think that many SDN deployments will be undertaken by precisely the kind of companies who have devops teams already, and are prepared to embrace a new frontier supported by the programming skills they have available to tweak curently available tools to their needs.

Then as the market matures, the management piece will also start to fill out, with products that mean you don't have to be able to create code to run the network because the software will be sufficiently capable to provide the level of control and reliability that companies need. I think we saw this a bit with companies like Google who were very early adopters of SDN-type capabilities, but had to create all their own custom code to do so. Relatively few companies can afford to follow that same path.
dsmiv30182
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dsmiv30182,
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4/24/2014 | 4:43:38 PM
Re: Top certifications
jgherbert,

 

Regarding your last comment, I am starting to see a lot references from employers wanting folks with some sort of programming skills.  It certainly makes me believe that certs for that area will soon be available.

 

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ReturnoftheMus,
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4/25/2014 | 9:48:44 AM
Some Hot, Some Not!
I think it's fair to say the VMware's VCDX probably sets the new gold standard in vendor certs, so if you are intent on travelling up a specific vendor cert track then this is probably your best option.

As an alternative to Citrix, I'd go with Microsoft's MCSE Private Cloud cert, which combines there Windows Server & Systems Center products, like the VMware VCP DC track it covers network, server & storage virtualization, as well as infrastructure management and orchestration.

You certainly want a foundation in storage though I'm not sure travelling up the SNIA track is the best way to go. Here the SNIA have outsourced their foundation cert to CompTIA, personally I would look to a leading vendor cert in this space, either EMC, Hitachi, IBM, NetApp etc, baring in mind that that the virtualization vendors are heavily encroaching on this space.

Red hat almost definitely, if not only for their Linux leadership, but more interestingly their contributions to OpenStack, here I would look at obtaining a certificate of expertise and more specifically the Red Hat Certified Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack.

In the Wireless LAN space vendor neutral is definitely the way to go, but if you're going start you're probably going to have to go the whole hog CWNA is not going to cut it alone.

Personally, I think the CISSP has probably past it's sell-by-date, there were rumours that ISC2 were getting together with the Cloud Security Alliance some time ago to work on a new certification/s, though nothing to my knowledge has materialised. Here I'd look at a leading vendor certs, one that springs to mind is the IBM Certified Deployment Professional – QRadar SIEM Implementation.

From Cisco I'd look no further than their CCNP DataCenter cert and compliment it with one of their upcoming Network Programmability specializations.

Other than that I'd investigate The Open Group Certified IT Specialist – Infrastructure Design stream, as a way of having my knowledge validated.

As far as I'm concerned everyone working in IT should be able to code, this shouldn't require a cert.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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4/25/2014 | 11:13:12 AM
Re: Some Hot, Some Not!
Returnof the Mus, thanks for all of the really detailed feedback -- it's great to hear your thoughts. I'd agree that the MCSE Private Cloud is anotehr certification that's very valuable. I think the author included the Citix certs here because they turned up on several lists at the end of 2013 for certifications making the most money, so those folks are differentiating themselves somehow.

A couple of you have brought up the need for programming skills. What type of code do you need to know? Python? Anything else?
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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4/25/2014 | 12:10:19 PM
Re: Some Hot, Some Not!
Also, ReturnoftheMus, I am anticipating the upload of your profile picture -- your username is quite intriguing :)
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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4/25/2014 | 12:42:41 PM
Re: Some Hot, Some Not!
While some security pros see the CISSP as essential -- they said employers look for it -- it seems a growing number dismiss it and say practical experience is much more valuable. I think the Cloud Securty Alliance does offer a certification: https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/education/ccsk/

 

 
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