i have a same mind with you. but something i feel that Microsoft Certification is quite important also because all my working enviroment i just can see Microsoft Window, Microsoft software ... all about microsoft ..
that make me feel that Microsoft is easy for me to get jobs. hahaha .. but those all is my personal idea.
How do u think Jared?? mind to give me some ur opinion ??
Thanks . (^_^)
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?
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.
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.
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.
Hi Mr.rmhango and Mr.Paul,
Thanks for all your share. i gainfully more from you all. I agree Mr.Paul say that "The important thing is to chase something you love to do." That's meaningful for me. :-)
I think my target is be a talent Network Administrator so that i should keep improve my Cisco Cerf before i get others Cerf. :-D
Here i got one more question is that do you all think if before we want to get a VMware Cerf, we must get Micrsoft/Linux Cerf?
For my opinion is withou Micrsoft/Linux then without VMware. Is it correct ?
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.
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.
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!
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