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Cisco, Microsoft, VMware and Linux which one you choose??

Sep 30, 2010 7:07 PM

JosephGoh 46 posts since
Sep 24, 2010

Hi, everyone.


If let you all put in the number which will be the top you all choose??


Cisco, Microsoft, VMware and Linux:











Give some idea to me if you are a lot of experience in IT world.


Thanks & Regard

Joseph Goh

  • Jared 5,555 posts since
    Jul 27, 2008

    1. Cisco


    2. Microsoft


    3. VMWare


    4. Linux.



    Why?  It is totally my personal preference, what my current job requires of me at this point in time and where my personal interests fall.  The order may change if the circumstances are different.

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  • rmhango 579 posts since
    Aug 12, 2008

    Hello there,


    Personally, I think your observations are correct, but your perception may be a little misguided. For example, as far as I'm aware Cisco don't make operating systems for servers or desktop computers and Microsoft are not a hardware vendor (or maybe not yet anyway) 



    However, if my aspirations were purely technical in nature I'd probably start with Microsoft and then Cisco as my foundation. Given that virtualisation is causing a stir at the moment I'd also definately be wanting to pursue a VMware cert to compliment my existing skills, but not sure where I'd fit Linux into this equation, not something I'd actively pursue tbh, so anyway here is how I see it:


    1. Microsoft (Server Administration)

    2. Cisco (Network Administration)

    3. VMware (Server & Network Virtualisation)

    4. Linux (Whos using this, am I wasting my time?)


    Hope this helps put a bit of perspective on things for you, good luck in whatever path you decide to choose, which I think was the intention of your post.




    PS You did realise this was the Cisco Learning Network, didn't you?

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  • Paul Stewart  -  CCIE Security 7,575 posts since
    Jul 18, 2008

    I'd choose Cisco, but that's just bc I enjoy networking.  VMWare is all the buzz and Linux has a lot of potential.  One thing that turns me off about VMWare is that they require ILT for their certification.  While I think ILT is the quickest way to learn, I have an issue with a vendor requiring it (sort of excludes a lot of people from being able to attempt it).  As far as the other choice, I'm sure we'll also need M$ stuff for some time to come.  The important thing is to chase something you love to do.

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  • rmhango 579 posts since
    Aug 12, 2008

    Hi Paul,


    I wouldn't disagree with anything you have said, but I'm sure you are more than aware of just how dynamic our industry is.


    On the one hand vendors are fiercely competing with one another, at the same time they are forming strategic alliances, a good example of this is Cisco UCS and the Nexus 1000V, where arguably this set up could require you to have skills in all that have been mentioned.


    Testimony to my belief the future will require a broad range of technical and business skills for someone just starting on his or her journey, especially given the current economic climate and competition in the jobs market.


    On VMware's ILT policy, unfortunately I now see this as a growing trend amongst the leading vendors, though whether or not this enhances value only time will tell.


    Kind Regards!

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  • Paul Stewart  -  CCIE Security 7,575 posts since
    Jul 18, 2008

    I certainly agree with everything you state and I certainly see the benefit of good ILT.  As an instructor, I wish everyone would go this route.  As for the reason they force ILT, in my estimation it is a way to protect their certification program.  I just hate to see a $4k+ barrier to entry for a certification program.  I feel like it does make candidates get out in the field and prove their work ethic and value first.  Then maybe an employer will help them out.  Unfortunately, you will find some very good employees working for companies that do not help with training.  Additionally, you may find not so good employees working for companies that do help with training.  I guess I just think how you learn should be up to you, as long as you learn.  A good testing program should assess the appropriate level of knowledge either way.  This would make how the candidate got there irrelevant.  VMWare is a very hot topic at the moment and I think that is a good certification if that is where an individual's passion is.

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  • Conwyn 9,685 posts since
    Sep 10, 2008

    Hi Joseph


    This is my usage profile.


    Cisco is my job.


    Microsoft I use email and excel


    VMware once used it to run Solaris


    Linux just another UNIX.



    Ask me again in five years and you might get a different answer. As your career changes you will use different technologies but the underlying thinking skills never change.


    Regards Conwyn

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  • Paul Stewart  -  CCIE Security 7,575 posts since
    Jul 18, 2008

    I certainly agree that Microsoft/Linux certifications complement VMWare certifications.  However must we approach it that way?  It really depends on your work environment.  I can see in a small shop where you build VM's and administer Microsoft servers that you may certainly want the MS cert with it.  VMWare has its roots in Linux, so Linux would be beneficial.  Maybe you are in a really large datacenter where you are just managing VMWare though.  In that case, the other certs may be less of an issue (but still good).  In some cases, the VMWare Administrator may need to understand the backend storage.  In that case maybe the certification for the applicable storage vendor (EMC, Left Hand, NetApp, HP, IBM, SUN) might be a very beneficial addendum.  It really just depends on your employment.  If you are looking for a work, I would probably agree that Microsoft/Linux would be the typical and beneficial certifications to have.

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  • Robin Guo 79 posts since
    Mar 18, 2010

    about answer this questions for me:


    1、Linux (like open source,current job for me)

    2、cisco (interest)

    3、vmware (test for me)

    4、windows (daily use)


    i think any skills just only appy for what enviroment that your work ...



    Best Regards

      Robin Guo

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  • rmhango 579 posts since
    Aug 12, 2008

    Hi Joseph,


    All I'd add to some of the responses you've received would be, as well as enjoying what you do, make sure it pays.


    When Cisco enters new markets (and it never does this lightly), it presents new opportunities, one of the areas I previously highlighted was centred around the Unified Computing System.


    At present in order to become a Cisco UCS specialist, you are required to be a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), to answer your question, the recommended prerequiste for VCP is systems administration experience on either Windows or Linux.


    All the best!

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  • ciscoskeemz 462 posts since
    Jul 10, 2008

    I've been pursuing my VCP for the past 3 months. It is a beast of an exam. Unfortunately, I need to save up some money to pay for the ILT that is required as Paul already stated. While I understand some reasons why they may require it, it bothers me because right now I cannot afford it


    I think when people hear VMware, they are quick to associate Microsoft and Linux, and while that is valid, vNetworking is one of the biggest components of virtualization. A VMware Administrator has to setup vswitches (or dvswitches), and configure them with the correct VLAN settings , traffic shaping settings possibly, as well as NIC Teaming. An understanding of the physical network(mainly LAN) is key.



    I'd put the order of certs this way


    1) Cisco

    2) Vmware

    3) MS

    4) Linux

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