It took me a couple of months to decide whether I should pursue another CCIE or to go in another direction. After debating between the different tracks I chose to move in another direction and dive into the design/architecture path. Today, I start my journey to becoming a Cisco Certified Design Expert.
As per wiki: “The CCDE identifies network professionals who have expert network design skills. CCDE focuses on network architecture and does not cover implementation and operations. CCDE supplies a vendor-neutral curriculum, testing business requirements analysis, design, planning, and validation practices.” This certification seems like the best choice for me right now as I try and transition into an architecture/lead engineer role.
One of the things I have learned from my CCIE studies is that you need a plan but you should also take it one step at a time. Following that mentality, I will only plan the upcoming months of study and adapt from there. For the next 2 months, my study schedule for this exam will be as follow:
BGP design and implementation
Optimal routing design
Definitive MPLS design
BRKRST-2336 – EIGRP Deployment in Modern Networks
BRKRST-2042 Highly Available Wide Area Network Design
BRKRST-2335 IS-IS Network Design and Deployment
BRKSEC-4054 DMVPN Deployment Model
BRKRST-2310 Deploying OSPF in a Large Scale Network
BRKRST-3051 – Core Network Design: Minimizing Packet Loss with IGPs and MPLS
I will be writing blogs on the different technologies and topics covered in the CCDE. Hopefully this blog will stay informative and relevant throughout my journey.