Show 109 – Knowing Why – Cisco Certification Roundtable from CLUS 2012

In this show recorded at Cisco Live US 2012, we put mics in the middle of a big table and had a Cisco certification roundtable chat. These folks, probably all well-known to the Packet Pushers audience, offered up program updates as well as real-world advice that will help IT professionals working on certifications. Oh, and we had a lot of laughs along the way – hope you don’t mind. ;-)

We  focus on the recent CCIE Security 4.0 track announcement, updates to the CCDE program, study strategies, the true benefits of IT certifications, and what the changing networking landscape means to folks who are just getting started in their networking careers. All in all, this is a fun show with practical value, some humor, and great perspective brought to the table by folks with many years of experience working in and contributing to the networking community.

Ethan Banks
Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655, has been managing networks for higher ed, government, financials and high tech since 1995. Ethan co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast, which has seen over 2M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. @ecbanks
Ethan Banks
Ethan Banks
  • steve

    thank you very much for hosting this show,
    Sorry guys , i was expecting a very serious discussion on this matter ,and it was disappointing that not everyone took this as seriously as you and Greg. as its extremely important for a lot of people all over the world.
    in times of recession , passing an exam could mean the difference between keeping and loosing your job.

    i don’t mean to complain , as i am extremely grateful for all the handwork both you and Greg put into packetpushers.
    many thanks

  • John

    I don’t
    mind the laughs, I like the fact that is not scripted, just people sat around
    having a chat and joking.

    Everybody
    got their point across, I did my CCIE 10 years ago and I have to agree with
    everything that was said and now that I’m looking to start on a year of JNCIE
    study it all seems more relevant and it re-enforced my study methodology.

    Greg and
    Ethan, please continue to keep podcasts light and personal – if it gets too
    serious or cold, then I think you will lose some of your audience. I have
    listened to every podcast that you have produced so far and they are all very
    informative, but still fun to listen to…..

  • Robert

    Russ mentions someone’s website to go to for reviewing designs in prep for the CCDE… does anyone have the link for that?

  • Karim

    I really enjoyed this conversation. Thank you for this podcast.

  • rodel

    just what i need… the perfect motivation! thanks guys! gotta hit the books now. c”,?

  • Ian

    Just what I needed! I just read TCP/IP illustrated (Stevens) and about crack open my CCNP route FLG (Teare) & OCG (Odom) books. This was a very motivating podcast. Thanks guys.

  • Kevin

    Great podcast — Thank you very much for putting this together. I’m going for my CCIE Security Lab in less than a couple of weeks and this was a very refreshing listen.

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