Moving Markets and upskilling

I had absolutely no idea that AWS in its contemporary form came into existence in 2006, right around the time I started at Cisco and my first venture into the network industry. I was aware of AWS as a platform a few years later but like many (and with my lack of experience and insight) didn’t realise the impact or potential of it.  Having worked in networking for 10-years now (Oct 2006-2016) and seen the dramatic change from old C6500 switching to modern SoC-based/merchant-silicon, as well as the more recent influx of ‘SDx’ technologies, I can see clearly now that platforms like AWS and Azure are quickly becoming the de-facto choice for future IT strategies for both infrastructure and services.

With this in mind, it’s time to upshift the skill set and move on.  I had originally planned to complete the VCDX-NV qualification and I may well still do this over the long term but, in the short-term I’m going to focus on retaining my CCIE R&S until it becomes Emeritus and put significant efforts into training for AWS, Azure and some more general architecture specialisations such as TOGAF.

2017 will be the year of Architecture for me.

CCIE refresh time

Well, it’s July 2012 already, which means in January or before I need to re-certify my CCIE. I’m hoping they’ll have released the CCIE-DC written by then (I missed the chance to try the beta) and I can use that as the next step.. until then, I’ll write a few refreshing blog entries.

Sometimes I still can’t believe I have this thing.. I know it’s not held in as high-a-regard as it used to be, but it’s still pretty great to know the time and effort that went into it and the achievement of passing..