CCIE R&S or CCIE Voice

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Sep 10th, 2010

Hi all,

Just need some thoughts into which one I should pursue, the CCIE R&S or CCIE Voice?

A quick background info on me is, I have a CCNA, CCNP and working on my CCVP, in fact passed my CIPT1 exam just now and only 2 more exams to go till I hold the VP cert.  My plan for Jan 2011 is to start a CCIE track and I was or still am going to go for the CCIE Voice, however after some lengthy discussions with a few work colleagues, they feel I ought to go for the R&S as they feel Voice is slowly phasing out, whereas R&S is not only core to Cisco technologies, but will always be needed and still in high demand.

My thoughts are, I want to be more marketable once I have my CCIE (as most people do).

Any thoughts or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated especially from current holders of either CCIE.



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Brandon Buffin Fri, 09/10/2010 - 07:23


     In my opinion, the answer highly depends on your interests, abilities, current job and future plans. So, the question is which one will help you more in your current job or in the job you want to be in. Which technology are you more interested in? You're right that R&S is core to many other technologies. However, I'm not sure I buy the statement that Voice is "slowly phasing out". VoIP is still very much a hot topic for companies and will continue to be in demand. A CCIE in any concentration makes you marketable. A CCIE in an area that you're passionate about makes you more so. My recommendation is to do what interests you.

Hope this helps.


sachin.bhamra_2 Fri, 09/10/2010 - 08:37

Hi Brandon,

Thanks for your thoughts on this topic.  What you say is very true, that one should follow what they're genuinely interested in as this makes them better at what they do.

In my current work, I do switching and routing side of things working within a Data Centre.  Haven't done any voice work outside of my own home lab, so don't have a good basis to compare.

I guess what I was really questioning was what people think will be bigger or holds its weight.

Having searched many forums, I'm leaning towards R&S as my 1st CCIE as most if not all other technologies tee's off from the core fundamentals of routing and switching.  IE's in Voice or Wireless etc, are specialising in one area


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