Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Plans For 2014

Finally it's 1st Jan, 2014. So perhaps just the right time to plan things for 2014 by setting up goals. Of course both personal and professional.

So starting with the interesting part which is CCIE :) , I'll be dedicatedly working on CCIE Data Center Lab Preparation from 1st Of Feb. Yes you read it right, I got to study and finish lots of other topics in the mean while which I would say are requirement of my current project at work.

I had couple of things to choose between initially like :

CCDE - Which is very very interesting as far as learning Design goes. But Designing is just part of my current job as Consultant but lots of other things also have been part of equation as well like Operations, Troubleshooting, Technical Account Management, Planning, Leadership, Helping Customers & Pre-Sales teams with Decision Making, POCs, Documentation etc. But I would more likely return back to CCDE after CCIE DC. Also I would still be trying to spend at least 5 Hrs a week to study Design.

CCIE DC - I had spent couple of months earlier preparing for Storage & Nexus Portion of Lab Blueprint. Also worked quite a bit on Nexus Product line last year including implementing features like VPC, VDC & OTV etc. So possibly will be attempting lab in next 6-9 months.

CCIE SP-OPS - Current Project have lot to do with NGN, ASR Product Line, Unified MPLS Network For Mobile Transport , Network Automation, CGN, EVC etc. I have spent a month time already to learn and grasp this new stuff and will be spending entire Jan too. It's always good to align your job requirements with professional goals. So as I go further with current project, this is something that may push me to go for CCIE SP-OPS. Also Cisco's IOS-XR Specialist certification might be good way to start with.

Also I'll try to find sometime this year to learn some new stuff for which I have developed interests recently like - SDN/Open Flow/One PK, Java Programming, Python Scripting & Basics of Junos, VCP.

Now enough of professional/Career goals. Let's talk about personal goals :)

Lately I have put up lots of weight in last few years. Usually I tell people that I am getting closer in look to Brian M and Scott Morris And More CCIEs means More Weight :)

But I'll find time for Gym now for sure. Also very interested to learn swimming this year.

But on the flip side life is always full of surprises which pushes us further to change or tweak the plans :)

Also I'll try to keep blogging and maintain the difference by talking and writing more about Network Technologies and Products by not following typical or conventional ways but rather keep focusing on making things easier & simple. And maintaining the Fun as part of learning.

With that being said, Happy New Year to All of you from Evil CCIE.


Manu said...

Hello Mr.Deepak, great post

I'm just starting out with Networking and have begun preparing for my CCNA+CCNP and I can't help but have doubts

1. What domain does Cisco, Juniper, F5 Networks, Arista... particularly cater to ? Aren't they different from ,say, Huawei who manufactures modems ? Broadcom who manufactures SoCs that power our phones ?

2. What about SDN ? Is it going to affect the industry by the time I finish my studies(CCNP)? Will knowledge of Cisco lose value ?

3. How exactly is the work life of a Network Engineer ? I've read up lot about it and learnt about the dreaded 'shift' wrecking your personal life. Is it true ? What are the working hours specifically ? Is it a graveyard shift ? Rotational shift ? How bad is it ?

4. I'm currently in Gurgaon enrolled in an institute. I deliberately did not go for CCIE straight away as it requires huge personal and financial commitments besides running the risk of eroding my market value, or so I'm told. I've searched a lot of jobs and no one hires a fresher. I know those institutes promise a lot but I'm going safe by getting a CCNP first. Do you think these institutes help getting a job ? If not, then do they provide any references that can help you get job ? I've noticed many jobs are concentrated in Gurgaon instead of Delhi or Noida so any experience you may have will be appreciated.

5. Lastly, Happy New Year and good luck with your personal goals this year. You can not go wrong with swimming , sir ;) :P

haz said...

Interesting blog... going to be on my follow list :) btw, you have not told which one is you on the photo there? nice work mate.