CCIE’s ARE IN DEMAND – NOW!!!

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 eman@ccieflyer.com 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!

Interview With Anthony Sequeira

I get emails quite often asking me “What is Anthony up to these days?”. With so much interest  in this, I decided to get the answers straight from the man himself.

Anthony, thanks for taking the time to do this interview!!!
The pleasure is all mine Larry. So sorry it has taken me so long. I have never been busier in my life thus far.

Good things are worth waiting for:-)

Pretty much everyone that has been studying for the CCIE lab the last couple of years knows you and your voice. How does it feel to be a “household name” in the CCIE world?
It feels truly amazing. It really does. To see my name mentioned with Scott Morris and Narbik all the time is just thrilling. I have also been able to become good friends with those guys and it is wonderful and inspiring. Both of those greats are going to be Guest Experts in our Cisco training at StormWind Live and it will be such an honor for us. While I struggle to keep up with them technically, we share something very special. We really do deeply care about the success of our students, and even those we will never see or collect a dime from in tuition. I cannot say this for many others in the Cisco training space.

So, tell us something about Anthony that we probably do not know.
I just played my guitar and sang for an audience for the first time and it went great. I am forming an acoustic act with a good friend in Florida. I will be singing a lot in my new Cisco classes. That will be much to the dismay of my audiences there!

That is amazing!! I will have to come down and hear you and the group sometime. I find it interesting that even in your other parts of life you still relate it to training. You seem to love doing training. What is it that makes you like it so much?
I am so passionate about learning Cisco technologies, so it is an INCREDIBLE blessing to get paid to help people from all around the world learn Cisco. I am at nearly 1,000 Facebook friends and most of these are students. We chat all the time and it is just amazing.

Does it ever get old when someone emails you and tells you that they could not have passed their lab without your help?A
LOL – no way. I become very close friends with my students so it always feels amazing. I get to celebrate all the time. Last week, my friend from a bootcamp, Matthias Buchholz emailed me his number and it was just so thrilling. It makes all the time spent away from my beautiful family worth it.

Are you going to go for another IE anytime soon?
Yes indeed! I have finally committed to that and it is all thanks to Wayne Lawson at IPexpert. I am doing their Blended Learning Solution for Security. It is just awesome so far. Their success rate with students speaks volumes on its own, but now I really do see why they are so successful. StormWind Live will have lots of exciting partnerships with IPexpert I am sure. The no brainer one we are looking at is partnering with Proctor Labs for students to get access to awesome Cisco equipment. I think Wayne and IPexpert are completely poised and ready to completely dominate the CCIE space, and they deserve to.

I have to agree that Wayne and the gang at IPexpert do a great job with the products and provide some great tools to the CCIE training community. I used their products to pass the R&S lab and was honored to work with Scott Morris in writing parts of the very first Detailed Solutions Guides IPexpert published back in the 2003 timeframe. IPexpert has a solid product line with the Blended Learning Solution which I would recommend to anyone that is serious about passing the lab.

Do you have any new and exciting Cisco Press projects in the working? I am doing three chapters on the new FIREWALL cert guide for CCNP Security. Great timing on that project since I am now dreaming about Cisco SEC.

I see that you have left INE and started a new venture – tell us about it.
Resigning from INE was pretty tough for me because of how much I poured my soul into that company for 2.5 years. In the end though, the opportunity to work for Tom Graunke, co-founder of KnowledgeNet, was just too compelling. His vision and leadership eclipses anything I have ever experienced in a company. He has surrounded himself with incredible talent at StormWind Live. Corey Frank leads Sales and he is truly a remarkable person. I report directly to Tom Warrick. He will ensure these classes look and sound mesmerizing. In fact, mesmerizing was the word I just used in review of our first class. We ran Implementing Active Directory last week and I was hanging on the lead instructor’s (Doug Bassett) every word. Myself, Chris Ward, and Mike Vazquez appeared as Guest Experts in the event. It was really, really compelling. The students have been raving. Here is a demo of what our classes are like. One thing though, they already look and sound a lot better than this demo! No kidding! Check it out here!!!

Excellent!! I’m looking forward (as I am sure many others are as well) to see all of the wonderful training products that you will be providing the community. I always ask – because it’s free to ask 🙂
Do you have any specials for the readers of this blog?

You bet. I am so excited for what Corey Frank has allowed me to do for your readers. They can purchase an All Access Cisco Training Pass for $2990. Normally the tuition is $4490. I know this sounds insane, but this $2990 includes over $35,000 worth of classes, labs, and support materials. At StormWind Live, we have the ability to really accommodate all of the needs of a student. From Elite Mentoring to the inspiring Live Online Classes. This is not death by PowerPoint and a complete lack of instructor contact and interaction like many students have had to suffer with. Anyone interested in this can just contact me at anthony@stormwind.com. I am also on Twitter @compsolv and Facebook.

Larry, thank you so much for this opportunity to speak about the remarkable events happening in my life right now. You do such a wonderful job supporting students all over the world…in fact, at the very least, we want you to be a Guest Expert in our CCNP/CCIE series!!!!!

Wow – now that is a humbling honor!! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with the community what you have been up to. Everyone is looking forward to seeing all of the fun and exciting products that you will be putting out!!!

New Book Review – PKI Uncovered

I recently had the pleasure of reading PKI Uncovered: Certificate-Based Security Solutions for Next-Generation Networks from Cisco Press.

This book sure packs a lot of info into a slim 252 page book. I was pleased to see that there was no lack of technical content.
The book seems to be targeted at experienced  cryptographers as well as those reading about the subject for the first time. This is evidenced by the first chapter: Crypto Refresh. This chapter reviews key concepts that lay the foundation for the chapters to come.

I really was impressed with the detailed diagrams included in the explanations and examples. Many times, high level concepts are not illustrated well, leading to confusion. Not so in this book.

This book also includes a nice chapter on troubleshooting. PKI can be a challenge at times to figure out just what is not working. The troubleshooting chapter breaks down the process into three logical areas: Keying Material Generation, Enrollment Process and Certificate Use and Validation. By breaking down the troubleshooting process in this manner, the reader is shown a methodology for identifying and isolating problems in a logical and sequential manner. Yes, there are plenty of examples in this section showing output from devices to support the narratives. The chapter ends with several pages of troubleshooting flow charts that will be a valuable tool for all that are faced with trying to fix PKI problems.

The book also includes chapters on PKI design in general along with specific  solutions including Site to Site VPN’s, Remote Access VPN’s, 802.1x, Unified Communications and Cisco Virtual Office.

I have carved out a slot on my security bookshelf for this great little gem. I think that anyone that is currently designing and supporting any PKI infrastructure or someone that is just breaking into PKI can benefit from this book.

You can see excerpts from PKI Uncovered here.

Thanks
Larry Hadrava
CCIE #12203

Interview With Jeremy Filliben CCIE, CCDE

With a low CCIE number, #3851, you have seen the lab change quite a bit over the years. Tell us about the lab when you passed it.

When I took the lab, it was still a two-day affair.  Well, 3.5 days for me.  On my first attempt I made it through 1.5 days before I lost too many points to continue.  I was successful on my second attempt.  Back then (1998) I was able to retake the exam within three months of having failed.  I could have done it as quickly as 30 days, but my schedule didn’t allow it.  Many technologies have dropped off the exam (DLSW+, RSRB, Decnet, Appletalk, IPX) and several have come and gone since.  I remember being in a bit of a rush to complete the certification process before ATM and a significant amount of switching were introduced.

What was around for CCIE lab practice when you first passed the lab?

I was able to take a one day CCDE practice lab that was offered by Chesapeake Computer Consultants.  I don’t think anyone else offered a prep class.  I studied the IOS 11.2 Configuration Guides.  I don’t think I owned the Doyle book or any other resources.
What do you think of the evolution of the CCIE lab and where it is now.
I think the CCIE team is doing a good job of balancing the market demand for the CCIE certification with the need to keep it difficult enough to weed out those who should not hold the cert.  I have a high degree of confidence that most CCIEs deserve the certification.  I was initially concerned that the one-day lab would be too easy, but that does not seem to be the case.

How did you prepare for the CCDE?

A lot of reading!  I read numerous Cisco Press books, including Optimal Routing Design, BGP Design & Implementation and Definitive MPLS Designs.  There were many others too, which I’ve tried to list on my blog.  The most important thing to do to prepare for the CCDE is to work in the industry for a significant amount of time.  When I passed I had 13 years of experience, including ten years as a CCIE.

What would you recommend for CCDE study methods?

There are several week-long classroom offerings available now.  I was fortunate enough to be able to teach a couple of those classes for a Cisco Learning Partner.  I can’t say with certainty that classroom-based offerings are effective in preparing for the exam, but I believe they are helpful.  Aside from that, I would certainly recommend reading as many of the recommended books as possible.  Some should be read multiple times, as the reader will pick up different information over time.
I see that you teach a CCDE lab class and offer some CCDE training materials – tell us about the class and your other offerings. How they can help CCDE candidates.
I no longer teach the class due to a lack of time in my schedule.  At this point my only contribution to CCDE preparation is my periodic CCDE Practice Exam offerings.  I one Enterprise-based exam and one Service Provider-based exam.  Each exam consists of twenty questions and accompanying reading material.  My goal is to simulate as closely as possible the experience of taking the CCDE practical exam.  Participants are given the exam materials and given a day or two to complete the exam (total time should be one to two hours).  After completing the exam the participants and I get together on a Webex conference to discuss the correct answers and where in the text to find the necessary information to answer correctly.  The exams cover the types of questions found on the exam and simulates the level of difficulty of the real exam.
I also provide participants with up-to-date information on the actual exam, including an overview of the scenario types and the technologies covered on the exam.

Thanks Jeremy for taking to time to do this interview. Congratulations on the new job!!!

Larry Hadrava
CCIE #12203

Scott Morris Launches New Training Initiative

Scott Morris, CCIEx4, CCDE, JNCIEx2, CISSP to Launch Nova Datacom Education Services Offering

Complementary Open House to Include Training Sessions by Morris and other Noted Instructors

 

Chantilly, VA – February 1, 2011:  Nova Datacom, LLC, a provider of information technology services to the public and private sectors and a CompTIA Authorized Partner, a Cisco Learning Partner and a Cisco360 (CCIE) Learning Partner, today announced the upcoming launch of their Education Services offering, spearheaded by Scott Morris, Nova Datacom’s Chief Technologist, and partner Learning Tree International.  Scheduled for February 16th, in Chantilly, VA, this one day event will allow attendees to meet with Morris and his team, attend sample training sessions, and familiarize themselves with the offered curriculum.

 A well-known figure in the IT industry for over 25 years, Scott Morris, CCIEx4, CCDE, JNCIEx2, CISSP and Cisco Designated VIP, has fulfilled a number of roles within both the public and private sectors. As a Certified Cisco Systems Instructor (CCSI) and Juniper Networks Certified Instructor (JNCI), Scott has provided world-renowned CCIE training since 2002. He has delivered courses to a wide variety of audiences including internal training at Cisco Systems.

 Offering formal classroom instruction with full lab and NOC, or on-site worldwide, Nova Datacom, under the direction of Morris, will offer a variety of training curriculums to satisfy a broad range of requirements.  Additionally, Morris concentrated on recruiting top level instructors to provide unparalleled course delivery.

 “I’ve selected instructors who maintain a wide area of consulting and training experience to best present information as it relates to specific customer environments,” noted Morris. “Combining this deep knowledge with the ability to operate in both classified and unclassified environments allows our team to be even more effective at conducting training sessions that address specific security concerns, current vulnerability gaps, and pressing mission critical requirements- conveniently located where our customers need it most.”

 Additional instructors include Marvin Greenlee  (CCIEx3, CCDP, JNCISx3, CISSP) and Keith Barker (CCIEx2, CISSP, and Cisco Designated VIP).

 With 15+ years experience in the IT industry, Greenlee has been instrumental in the development and delivery of high-level technical training courses for live and online classes. Likewise, Barker, with 25+ years in the IT industry, has been involved with the creation and delivery of training in classroom and large audiences since 1995.  

 Sample training courses to be presented at the Open House were designed by Morris and his team specifically to showcase their ability to target courseware to specific topics of interest.  Sessions include:

 Subnetting and Binary Math for IPv4 and IPv6: A review of subnetting techniques and how to best identify appropriate configurations in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Practical and designed examples given.

 Multifactor Authentication: Maintaining confidentiality is critical for a secure network. In this lesson we will learn about multi-factor authentication, as well the strengths, weaknesses and best practice for each.

 BGP Attributes and Path Selection: When using BGP for Inter-Autonomous System routing, it is important to know the features and attributes that allow for manipulation of path selection. If studying for certifications, this will also help in choosing the right solution for abstract problems given to you in practical labs.

 Understanding MPLS for the Routing & Switching Engineer (CCIE Focus):  A new method of thinking and moving information around the network, as largely adopted by service providers around the world.  Session breaks down the concepts and demonstrates network effects. Includes demonstrating how a CCIE candidate identify, implement and work through any scenario in a short period of time.

 If you would like to attend the Open House, please register at http://www.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?e=44cafd86-3e34-4bab-963a-3fc35c7a77f3

 Or click the link to register for the Open House from www.novadatacom.com ‘s homepage.

 

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About Nova Datacom:

Nova Datacom (NDC) M/WBE 8(a) provides solutions that expand, improve, and strengthen client capabilities to satisfy mission assurance objectives. Focused on four practice areas, Business Continuity (BCEP); Information Assurance; Governance, Risk, and Compliance; and Enterprise Networking, NDC provides expert-level expertise and proven past performance across multiple technology segments to the public and private sectors.

 NDC’s approach combines operational planning, budget optimization and cutting-edge security measures to provide a solid framework for daily operations that withstand disruption. We accomplish this through continual training and vendor agnostic technology expertise resulting in a team of the best minds in the IT community.

 SBA-Certified 8(a), SBD, Minority Woman-Owned | Nova Datacom: Security is in our DNA

 About Learning Tree International

Learning Tree International sets the world standard for hands-on management and IT training. Since 1974, over 2 million Learning Tree Course participants from over 65,000 organizations around the world have enhanced their skills through intensive hands-on exercises under the guidance of expert instructors with real-world experience.

IPexpert Compiling Blog Posts Into FREE CCIE Library

I saw a post on Groupstudy from Tyson over at IPexpert mentioning that they were compiling blog posts into a CCIE library type of format which is FREE to all.

Here is the post:

We are starting to create our blog postsinto a technical library that can be used as a free resource.  Here is the list of current topics available.

http://www.ipexpert.com/Cisco/CCIE/Library
Right now it is just broken down by CCIE.  We will be updating it soon to bebroken apart by blueprint topic etc. We will be updating it soon to bebroken apart by blueprint topic etc.  I hope this is helpful to everyone.

Regards,
Tyson Scott – CCIE #13513
R&S, Security, and SPManaging Partner / Sr. Instructor – IPexpert, Inc.
tscott@ipexpert.com

More FREE Stuff For Voice Candidates!!!

VoiceBootcamp is offering a unique opportunity for CCIE Voice or CCVP for low as as $1299 USD The Terms and Condition for VoiceBootcamp Exclusive offer is now posted. 

You can take a look at the Terms and condition and decide if you wish to continue.  Should you wish to continue you must proceed with the purpose otherwise you can ignore it.   To view Terms and Condition please go to this link – http://www.voicebootcamp.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=139 

Seats QTYs are limited to 10 to 15.  So it first come first server and will last until Jan 31st 2010.    

Also don’t forget to download – Sample labs of our new product call – Call Routing and Dial Plan DVD set. Call Routing and Dial Plan DVD set will contain over 50 labs focusing on how to create/configure dial plan on Cisco IOS Router as well as Unified Communication Manager.   Dial Plan being one of the toughest topic in CCIE Voice and real world deployment, so we decided to come up with these videos.   

Download – Free Video Labs of – Call Routing and Dial Plan DVD – go to www.voicebootcamp.com and click on Download Center

The Full version will be around $499 to $699 USD.   However if you do purchase the Exclusive Offer Kit then you will receive it for Free.  This is a rare opportunity and you know how much a CCIE VOICE cost around the world.