Cisco vs. HP: Choosing the Right IT Certification
Cisco's networking design certificationsCisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) ($125 exam – two exams)Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA)/Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) ($250 exam)Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) ($300 exam)Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) ($350 written exam, $1400 lab exam)
HP's recent acquisition of 3Com has created the biggest threat Cisco has ever faced in defending its networking empire. The two technology giants will now go head-to-head in the networking space and in the data center space too. As channel partners and IT pros choose sides, there's a lot to consider in terms of which networking certifications to pursue.
While Cisco offers a greater installed base, HP offers more certification paths. Here's a comparison of the different certification paths from both companies.