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CCNP/CCDP vs. CCNP/CCNP DC

I'm looking for a bit of advice.  I just completed my CCNP and was wondering what you though about my next step.  Should I work towards a CCDP (which means first getting my CCDA) or going for my CCNP Data Center (which means getting my CCNA DC)?  

 
I've heard a CCNP/CCDP can look really good on a resume but I have also heard that with companies moving to the Nexus NX-OS platform, the CCNP Data Center will be the desired cert to have.  And my interest lies in designing data centers.
 
The third option being that I get my CCNP Security, as I already have my CCNA Security.
 
Thoughts?
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Design and implementation

Design and implementation/operation at the engineering level are pretty tightly linked. However, if your primary desire is design then I would pursue the CCDP certification-wise. That said, it is useful more with the professional services community as a pre-sales or consulting engineer.

If you're looking more to do the implementation and operations sort of work for your present or future employer then I would say the CCNP DC is more useful.

While you're in a position, learn anything relevant you can about the job(s) at hand while expanding your knowledge in areas that interest you. That will make you an all around better engineer and increase your satisfaction with your professional life. It may involve certification, it may involve academic education or it may just be listening to podcasts during your drive to work.

Finally I'd recommend you to a recent blog post by the esteemed Russ White. Here's a link.

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Hall of Fame Super Silver

Design and implementation

Design and implementation/operation at the engineering level are pretty tightly linked. However, if your primary desire is design then I would pursue the CCDP certification-wise. That said, it is useful more with the professional services community as a pre-sales or consulting engineer.

If you're looking more to do the implementation and operations sort of work for your present or future employer then I would say the CCNP DC is more useful.

While you're in a position, learn anything relevant you can about the job(s) at hand while expanding your knowledge in areas that interest you. That will make you an all around better engineer and increase your satisfaction with your professional life. It may involve certification, it may involve academic education or it may just be listening to podcasts during your drive to work.

Finally I'd recommend you to a recent blog post by the esteemed Russ White. Here's a link.

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