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A couple of months ago I was working hard on completing my CCIE R&S studies so I can finally go for the written. At that time I was finishing BGP and I was looking forward to reviewing my 2 years old notes for QoS,Multicast,Security and Network services. In the mean time I was offered a Network Architect contract position with a well known Canadian company and I am now getting up to speed with Data Center topics and Cloud topics. Life sucks when it comes to planning it. No matter what I have ever planned well ahead, it all went in a different direction, good or bad, so here I am doing something that I like but something that I did not plan to.

Should I have rejected the opportunity ? I don’t think so.. Is it a bad thing that I stopped my studying? I don’t know yet but it seems that this is not meant to be, to happen, me going for CCIE R&S. 

Anyway..the problem is that in the mean time I went sour, very sour on this cert. I am working with 3 CCIEs at this moment. The scope of the work is architecture and high level design. No rocket science but the nature of the work and the environment still requires professional maturity and experience and that you do not get with a paper. No other comments …  You might wonder what turned me sour on this … Well I have spoken with one of these guys and I have discovered that there is a tenebrous underground network that connects people who are pursuing this certification using less orthodox methods. I knew about it but I never had hard evidences and I never spoke with people who admitted that they did it.  The worse part is that these people keep close to each other and they recommend each other for jobs and they end up monopolizing a market in which the employers blindly trust the fact that you were certified by Cisco.

The way this guys are organized is not unique, I believe this type of network was polarized by Cisco’s inability to make these exams impossible to cheat. The way the CCDE exam is structured makes it almost impossible to cheat (at least the lab part) and for that reason the CCDEs is probably a better quality lot of people.

Worse comes to worst, there are some other vendors who offer you bridges between CCIE and their certifications so then this fraud that these people are involved in spreads like a disease and you get to meet people who have no idea about a certain domain but the got the paper because of these bridges…

So this are the reasons why I have not continued my work here. I hope that when the things settle I will be able to post some technical content. I am now sitting on a pile of docs (study notes) which are quite good IMHO and in which I put a lot of work, and I am wondering what to do with them. I was thinking about selling them but looking at what Ruhan’s experience (the guy behind https://routing-bits.com/ ) I can see that it is not worth it. His notes where at the time when they were released, one of the best in the market, clear and concise. They were focused toward the lab exam but I liked them a lot. I am also looking at study notes waiting to be converted to flash cards (I have taken my notes in a special format so I can convert them to that) and I do not know what do to with them. I am in possession of an older copy (but good enough for my purposes) of the Anki SERVER software for which I have, from his author, the legal write to use it specially for this (still bound by a non compete agreement) .

So if you drop by and you read these keep an eye on this …if the things go well I might end up resuming the work here and post my notes, cheat sheets and flashcards, that if life does not get in my way again and forces me to do something else …which seems to happen on a regular


Best regards!

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