The network infrastructures are always growing, developing and expanding . Companies need to adapt to the new technologies and practices in order to remain relevant in the market. The professionals are also required to remain competitive and updated to everything that’s new out there. Learning and getting certified is one of the best ways to demonstrate our commitment to your profession. Not only does it add value to our skills and competence, it is also the way of showing our employer that we are a valuable member of the team. In fact, IT professionals skilled in many areas of networking are in high demand in today’s job market. Candidates serious about their IT careers should consider one or more of these best-of-breed networking certifications to set themselves apart from their competitors. I would like to present a list of some best networking certifications to aim for this year:
Earning a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) prepares us for a successful career in networking. Cisco owns almost 80% of the market when it comes to routing and switching technologies. If we are trained and certified to work on Cisco products, our skills will be more marketable and more in demand. The CCNA – Routing and Switching Certification (200-125) provides us with the knowledge and expertise to succeed in networking, even as technologies continue to evolve. The program teaches us to install, monitor, and troubleshoot the network infrastructure products that are being used by major companies.
If we already have CCNA, our next goal should be to take the CCNP Certification (Cisco Certified Network Professional) that comprises of three exams: ROUTE 300-101, SWITCH 300-115 and TSHOOT 300-135. ROUTE certifies candidates in using advanced IP addressing and routing in implementing scalable and highly secure Cisco routers that are connected to LANs, WANs, and IPv6. SWITCH certifies candidates in planning, configuring, and verifying the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions that use the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture. Lastly, TSHOOT certifies a candidates’ ability to plan, troubleshoot and perform regular maintenance on complex enterprise routed and switched network.
Getting the CCIE Routing and Switching Certification (400-101) (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) should be your next ultimate goal after completing the CCNP, CCIE explains “how” of implementing the technology. CCIE is the most prestigious networking certifications in the industry. CCIE candidates are encouraged to continually expand their technical knowledge and are required to recertify every two years before the certification expiration date.
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CCNA Cyber Ops
The CCNA Cyber Ops course was introduced at Cisco live last year and has gained a lot of attention recently. The emergence of IOT (Internet of Things), BOYD (Bring Your Own Device), DNA (Digital Network Architecture) where everything will be digitized, security threats increases exponentially which in turn increases the demand for cybersecurity. For this reason, Cisco recently introduced a Cybersecurity Operations (Cyber Ops) certification track and it doesn’t require any prerequisite!
Citrix Certified Associate
Having a certification like the CCA-N (Citrix Certified Associate – Networking) validates the knowledge and skills needed to implement and manage Virtualization. Currently, 40% of servers in the world are virtualized, and surveys show that this will continue to grow. It’s quite common for individuals within major organizations to rely on virtual services like cloud computing, which refers to the use of remote servers to store data and allow users to access information from anywhere.
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