I wanted to give you a few updates as to what is planned for www.howtonetwork.com so you are in the loop so to speak.
Firstly, since we launched in 2013 we have been furiously adding content and not spent much time actually growing the member base. It's actually pretty hard to spin plates so we've relied on word-of-mouth as well as members of our former site www.howtonetwork.net jumping over to the new improved site. In 2015 we will still be adding courses but probably at a slower rate of two per month. They will still be based around networking as well as value add courses such as project management, network design and management. I also want to delve deeper into security certs.
So here is what is actually coming in the next few weeks:
CompTIA courses are a double win, you get a recognised qualification as well as a fantastic grounding in the relevant technology. There is no way a network engineer can remain ignorant of areas such as design, virtualization, cloud computing, security, voice etc. any longer. Even if you want to remain a core network engineer the landscape is changing and so we must adapt with it.
The Storage+ cert gives you a great grounding in Storage Area Networking and so ticks a big box on your resume.
If you can manage a project you will find yourself in high demand, especially if you also have technical skills.
Being able to manage even a small project takes the pressure off company management and gets you involved in another side of IT. Dealing with suppliers, network architects and designers and of course the satisfaction of seeing a project go from concept to installation and sign off. Great fun and so rewarding.
It's coming and it's actually easier than IPv4 but many IT students seem to fear it for some reason. Perhaps it's fear of the unknown.
Our CCIE is putting the finishing touches to a unique IPv6 course which will have a Cisco bias. You will cover all the theory but also be completing labs to prove you can walk-the-walk as well as talk-the-talk.
New Cisco CCNP
The CCNP has been updated and the old version will expire for testing in January 2015. Looking at the syllabus, there is a lot of really cool stuff being added such as IPv6 routing protocols, security, stackwise and much more. I rate the CCNP as one of the most valuable certifications any network engineer can possess.
Microsoft Office Specialist – Sharepoint 2013
Launched in 2001 and now updated for 2013 SharePoint continues to be hugely popular with large organizations. Sharepoint integrates intranet, content management, and document management, but recent versions have broader capabilities including a cloud deployment model. You can actually work full time supporting or teaching this software and a close friend of mine does exactly this. He works at various large companies as well as army locations assisting with integration and training. Great fun.
Microsoft MCSA Server 2012
We've finally got the last module finished. Part of the delay was due to the new R2 updates.
As you know, Microsoft still enjoys a huge market share in server side networking as well as client software and operating systems. The MCSA is a highly respected qualification and a career in it's own rite.
For a long time I've noticed a gap between the CompTIA Network+ and CCNA. The Network+ being pretty easy and the Cisco CCNA being pretty tough. There needed to be a middle ground course to either bridge the gap or lay a foundation for those who never took the Network+. I've finally finished the Cisco CCNA Primer course which covers TCP/IP, basic security, subnetting, VLANs and many other subjects you should understand before embarking upon the CCNA.
This course will give you valuable knowledge and hands on experience through the many follow along labs I've added.
101 Cisco CCNA and CCNP Labs
I'm going to update the books to match the new style exams. Considering the fact that at least 50% of your exam marks are based upon practical tests I'm actually surprised there aren't other lab only manuals out there. The video course for 101 CCNA Labs is already live but I'll be adding the CCNP labs video course early 2015.
Cisco CCDA and CCDP
In the Pipeline
I'm working with a few experts on Amazon certifications, security management exams such as CISSP and looking at the Cisco CCIE written exam. Certified Ethical Hacker is on our list also.
If you have a suggestion then feel free to add it. Some exams such as the CCNP Voice had almost zero interest and even the CCNA Voice was a very poor performer in terms of students taking it. Strange because voice is a fantastic career.
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