Ok, another recertification out of the way. It will be another 3 years before I need to do it again, but things are changing.
The new CCIE, is very different to the one that I wanted to get when I first started in Networking. I was pretty keen on attempting the CCIE written again next year, as I have failed it twice so far. Now I have no idea what to study and where to begin.
What was Routing & Switching CCIE has now disappeared it seems. So, I cannot re-sit that written exam again and have a case of third time lucky.
The streams are now –
- CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure
- CCIE Enterprise Wireless
- CCIE Data Center
- CCIE Security
- CCIE Service Provider
- CCIE Collaboration
I have already removed Collaboration, I don’t like Voice and Video deployments. I like working on the networking, the QoS, and the Multicast if needed but I don’t like administering the backend and working on phone systems.
I love Service Provider, but I don’t work for one anymore and it’s a limited space in Brisbane. It is my favourite of all the CCIE, but I don’t have enough experience in the core of a Service Provider. They are heavily automated now as well. Usually when you go to work for a SP, you get pimped out as a consultant and selling stuff. Sales, is not me either. Data Centre is awesome as well, but most companies are sending to the cloud…which is someone else’s Data Center! I don’t see many cloud companies in Brisbane either!
I have to be really careful in what I select, I want to do something I have had the most experience in. Although my experience has been so wide spread lately. One minute I am deploying Multicast, the next I have to start learning Viptela SD-WAN CLI to help cutover a site, or lab a Palo Alto IPSec Tunnel.
The two topics that have been constant in every workplace is Wireless & Security. I have deployed Wireless in both Mesh, Standalone & Controller based setups. I have never had formal training on firewalls but I have touched ASA, FWSM, Palo Alto, Juniper and Checkpoint.
Security and Wireless, is not going anywhere. That I am certain of, as we advance our digital footprint, there is someone that is following those footprints…waiting for the right moment to exploit or take your information.
We are all mobile, so wireless is here for good. It’s always been here since the invention of the television, and as we talk to our distance spacecraft that land on Mars or our automated vehicle, we can’t have a cable attached.
Same kind of goes for Routing & Switching. We must route IPv6, existing IPv4 and send traffic the quickest path within the carrier networks. Switching is changing, spanning tree is disappearing but still the same at the enterprise edge for now.
The biggest change for me, is automation and programmability. I don’t know about you but I find coding incredibly boring. I can’t be creative with it like some other things I like to enjoy. The typing, the logic it’s just one giant maths equation to me.
But, we must change to grow so I will begin with this. It is something new and maybe once I get the basics, I could be creative. The problem is I have to start at the beginning again. The programming I did in school, I don’t even know how I passed. I still have dreams to this day that I haven’t finished my programming assignments and fail the class and my course.
It seems that Python is the way to go for networking, so that’s where I will start. It also seems to be all through the new CCIE exams, so that’s a step in the right direction.
And when I say start from the beginning I mean, the beginning.