I passed the ICND2 on Friday which means that I am now CCNA certified.
The company I am currently working for is slowly moving away from Cisco, but I think the CCNP (the next cisco cert level) is still on my to do list. For one thing I already have a ton of cisco hardware, and there is just a lot of stuff that I want to learn yet.
And now for something a little different..
I managed to forget about certifications for almost a whole day after passing the CCNA. I think my next target is the Juniper Networks Certified Associate-JUNOS (JNCIA-Junos). This is Juniper’s lowest level technical cert so it will be a good intro to Juniper gear and it will help me reinforce (and relearn) some of the data from the Cisco CCENT.
I’m not sure how hard the JNCIA will be. The Juniper exams aren’t quite as well known as the Cisco exams so I’m having a little trouble finding info on them. Fortunately Juniper provides a bunch of free study resources for their exams in the Juniper learning portal through their “fast track” program.
Why Juniper? I’m not really sure. We don’t have a ton of it at work. I guess it is just kind of neat to be working on some newer gear after banging away on my 10+ year old cisco hardware for so long. Plus I just think that I need a break before I dive into the CCNP material.