10 Networking Certifications the Channel Should Know About

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    Gina Roos

    | Posted 2010-05-18
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Top 10 networking certifications

Certification requirements continue to evolve as the networking world changes. Having both open-source and vendor-specific skills is crucial.

Updated Sept. 30, 2014: The IT industry's transition from physical networking to software-defined networking (SDN) has created strong demand for IT professionals with open-source and vendor-specific experience, and network certification programs are evolving to reflect these changes. "For example, Cisco and Red Hat recently announced a collaborative development effort to create an application-centric infrastructure integrated with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. Until the announcement, Cisco appeared to be moving toward a proprietary cloud solution. Cisco's change in strategy shows the importance of IT professionals having both vendor-specific and open-source skills," said Patrick Lane, technology and education consultant. This transition also adds the challenges of the cloud, big data, mobile wireless technology and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) practices. Here's a look at 10 major networking certifications, listed alphabetically. (Editor's Note: With input from Patrick Lane, Channel Insider contributor Gina Roos updated this slide show, originally written by Chris Talbot and first posted May 18, 2010.)


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