I just got this from Eman concerning the current  demand for CCIE’s everywhere.

The current surge in hiring is continuing and as we all have heard, there are not enough CCIEs to go around, so the demand remains high as ever.  Among the hottest selling CCIEs are UC skilled ones.  There are not enough Voice CCIEs so, of course that is what I get asked for most, but there are plenty of CCIEs that are skilled in the voice technologies required by hiring managers.  Now if there were more CCIEs in general life might be simpler, then all those recruiters that keep contacting me about needing them would be able to find them like I do.

So what do they need?

Data Center network engineers are in big demand

Unified Communications engineers are also in high demand

R&S CCIEs the plumbers of the internet are still in big demand

Security CCIEs round off the highest demand talents we are being asked for here at CCIE Agent, Limited. 

The interesting work is great that these Cisco Channel Partners are sending our way.  Some examples: A major TV station in the USA is in need of VoIP experts in the heart of NYC, a Theme park where the demands of VoIP, Linux and Apple device support is critical, a major telecom in New Jersey needs R&S CCIEs and Java developers, several Wall Street Projects that would highlight any CCIEs resume are pushing a couple of channels to seek our support, Casinos are rolling out and need support of their UC implementations, Hospital systems throughout the USA are short on Security and VoIP talent, A telecom in Kenya and most of Africa is looking for Wireless and VoIP experts from our network, Riyadh based channels are asking for help with UC skilled presales engineers, Oman and Qatar this week have opened up new roles requiring UC skilled and R&S CCIEs, Spain channels are asking for Spanish speaking UC skilled and R&S CCIEs along with Germany asking for the same skills.

So if you are interested in working in Zurich, Barcelona, Orlando, Toronto, San Diego, NYC, Qatar, Richmond, Munich, Atlanta, Boston, Kenya, Riyadh, Oman, Chicago, Montreal, Poland, LA, Berlin, Tampa, Jordan, New Jersey or any of the other cities we are covering for the Cisco Channel Partners we need to talk.  Send your resume to or call +1-302-438-1681 Skype id ccieagent LinkedIn join group CCIE Jobs or CCIE Network or connect directly with me there or on FaceBook CCIE Network or on Twitter, but whatever you do reach out to me because the world is waiting for us to send them your resume!

IPv6 For Enterprise Networks – Book Review

IPv6 for Enterprise Networks

Shannon McFarland, CCIE® No. 5245
Muninder Sambi, CCIE No. 13915
Nikhil Sharma, CCIE No. 21273
Sanjay Hooda, CCIE No. 11737

This book is a breath of fresh air for those of us that need to take IPv6 from the text book and implement it into the network. The title lays it out well:

“The practical guide to deploying IPv6 in campus, 
WAN/branch, data center, and virtualized environments”

I can recommend this book for a wide audience including:

–      *Network Administrators looking for practical information about IPv6

–      *Network Engineers tasked with developing an IPv6 deployment plan

–      *Managers looking to evaluate IPv6 and the pro’s / con’s that go along with it

–      *Anyone that is interested in IPv6

The book starts out addressing the WHY IPv6 question. This section lays out the drivers for IPv6 with the benefits of IPv6 adoption. At the end of the chapter is an IPv6 Q&A section followed up with a list of vertical markets that are making the move to IPv6.

Next the book dives into hierarchical network design. This chapter is a great review of network design that covers all of the bases from access to core and from the Data center to the branch. It includes new technologies such as VSS as well. I noted that this chapter would be a great primer for someone considering tackling the CCDE written.

The next sections take a look at common terminology along with how IPv6 works with IPv4 and how IPv6 is implemented with common network services such as Multicast, QoS and routing protocol support.

Now that the foundation is laid, it is time to move on the planning an IPv6 deployment. This could be a daunting task, but the book gives a great starting point with a section duly called “Determining Where To Begin”. Also, ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) is a big factor these days and yes this book leads one to get the creative juices flowing to identify common risks with an IPv6 deployment.

The book follows with several chapters dedicated to the specifics of IPv6 deployment across several networks types including Campus, Virtualized, WAN/Branch and Data Center. So what about extended network access? Don’t worry, you are covered!! A chapter dedicated to Remote Access VPN is there for you.

So, now you have deployed Ipv6 – now what? Chapter 11 covers the care and feeding of an IPv6 network.

The book ends with a fantastic section covering setting up a test environment to setup an IPv6 lab and starting a pilot deployment. The step by step directions and screenshots are done very well – yes you can actually make out what is in the screenshots!!!

At a slim 372 pages, this book should be on every network engineers  required reading list.

Larry Hadrava
CCIE #12203