Hi friends! Cisco sent me this letter letting me know my CCNP/CCNA will expire.
I am letting it expire. Here is why.
My goals have changed. I got my CCNP in back 2002 and renewed it several times. I spent the first part of my career as an aspiring Network Engineer. Letting go of it now is a little sad. My journey as a Net Eng led me into Information Security. As a Security Engineer, I do think is important to understand and keep current on routing concepts, like BGP and routing in the Cloud. Last year, I sat the AWS Networking Specialty Exam. Moving forward, I’d rather spend my precious study hours on Certifications that make me better at my job, like Kali Linux Certified Professional and OSCP, as opposed to re-doing a Cisco Test on Spanning-Tree.
The world has changed. There once was a time where every small and medium sized company NEEDED Cisco Routers and Switches! There was a time when many companies ran their own data centers. Some still do, yes – but the shift to public Cloud has clearly happened. Cloud is where the expertise is needed today and in the future. There is still a need for Cisco Certified Professionals, but this need will be helping a slice of the Fortune 500 who choose to run on-prem networking or internal, private clouds. Government and Large telcos will probably leverage Cisco gear for a long time as well. Please understand, I am not saying Cisco Certs are no longer needed, because they are – it’s just that the playing field is different today.
Cisco’s CCNP has not changed. (much) I wrested with this before – Check out my post from three years ago. The switching test today is pretty much the same as it was then. The 300-155 Switch test is old – they only update it every three years. Good news is that the three year cycle is up and Cisco is updating the CCNP tests in 202o, however, but still – how much of this content will still focus on legacy data center tech?
There is a Cisco CCNP Cloud certifcation – but this track focuses on Cisco Cloud Tech only, with tech like unified fabric, UCS, ACI, etc.. Cisco Cloud is different than the Google, Azure, Ali and AWS public cloud offerings. Cisco cloud technology focuses on empowering orgs to run their own internal clouds. Again, there is a need for private cloud tech, but how great a need?
In conclusion, because of my professional path, the direction of technology and the direction of Cisco, I am not pursuing renewing my CCNP. I will spend time on other certifications instead.
I must say that Cisco was a huge help to me in the start of my career and I feel gratitude toward the folks there who ran the certification program in the early days, helping Engineers like me get skills needed + get acknowledged and recognized. I am grateful. Thank you, Cisco.
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