Many of my CCIE study peers have blogged about their CCIE pursuit. While that is certainly a significant achievement I feel that it is just the first step in my pursuit as an Enterprise Network Architect.
I am looking forward to further studying and understanding Architectural principals. I am starting this blog to document the significant milestones in my advancement as a Network Architect. I hope to extract and document lessons learned along the way.
I currently hold several Cisco professional level certifications that I would like to achieve the expert level certification in (namely CCDP and CCNP: Security). I am debating which direction I want to go in 2012. Whether to focus on CCIE: Security and move more towards an Enterprise Security Architect specialization or if I want to instead move straight into the CCDE (Cisco Certified Design Expert) which is really the next major step in validating my credentials as a Network Architect. I will most likely begin with CCIE Security as it is the more mainstream of the two and there is significantly more training available.
The CCDE is one of the newer expert level certifications from Cisco and there are very few CCDEs. One of those rare few is Petr Lapukhov who has done a fantastic job of putting together a consolidated list of resources for those interested CCDE for both the written and practical exams:
CCDE written: http://blog.ine.com/2010/05/24/ccde-written/
I will likely gloss over the recommended reading list for the CCDE written before decided which direction to go. I will be gearing up to take either the CCIE Security or CCDE written at Cisco Live 2012. If nothing else the CCDE written will serve as a nice way to re-certify my CCIE # down the road.
I look forward to sharing more of my journey with you.
Brandon Mangold CCIE 31104
CCSP, CCNP: Security, CCDP, CCNP, MCSE 2003