Optical Netwokring Certificate

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Jan 26th, 2009
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I just started preparing for CCNA(Switching and Routing)as the first step for me in the Networking Industry.Any one has an idea about that Optical Specialist Certificate from Cisco?

the I have found it as "Retired"


is there any alternative from other vendors?

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Michael Dooley Thu, 02/12/2009 - 13:25
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I don't know if there will be a CCNA version for optical (yet) but there is a CCIE Service Provider which is half routing and switching and half optical.


Mike Dooley

Cisco Optical TAC

omar_ccna Thu, 02/12/2009 - 15:36
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Hi Mike,

thanks for the info,what I meant was a dedicated certificate (other than CCNA) for optical specialists...I found that SP Optical #350-020 is used for recertification (after CCIE)

but still i do not have CCNA yet ,so maybe this is not an option...although that am familar with the optical part(SONET/SDH,DWDM...etc)

Michael Dooley Thu, 02/12/2009 - 16:13
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Yeah after I left the message I went and looked at the other Optical stuff. Looks like there's nothing really left, especially since the SP Optical is only good for CCIE re-cert. Strange...


omar_ccna Thu, 02/12/2009 - 16:26
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but you have given me a good info ...actually,now I know the syllabus for the optical stuff


I have read a book about these things and know them theoretically(am doing PhD )...now I wanna know Cisco Optical products ...any idea about Cisco tutorial ?

and I appreciate your help!!

Michael Dooley Thu, 02/12/2009 - 17:06
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You're welcome.

You can check out these two books. They should give you quite a bit to think about.

Cisco Self-Study: Building Cisco Metro Optical Networks (METRO) (Warren, Hartmann, ISBN #1587050706)

Optical Network Design and Implementation (Alwayn, ISBN# 1587051052)

And good luck with the PHD!



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