I currently have my CCNA and I've already started working on getting my CCNP. But just recently I've started looking at Juniper certificates, mainly because Juniper offers free books and discount tests. Since Juniper is Cisco's main competitor I'm sort of curious to look at working with Juniper equipment. The Juniper equivalent to the CCNA is the JNCIA, as goes the CCNP-->JNCIS and the CCIE-->JNCIE. I understand that none of these certificates hold any value compared to the Cisco certs but I'm curious to know how different JUNOS is compared to Cisco IOS. Does anyones believe that having both vendor certs will make you a better network engineer? Has anyone tried taking the JNCIA test? easier or harder than the CCNA?
My understanding is the JNCIA only covers routing therefore no Switching, VLAN, STP, VTP, etc. questions.