Jan
26

Cisco has announced a new CCIE track – SP Operations. Read more about it here.

This new track features a written exam release in Q2, and a practical lab exam release in Q3 (that is if they hit their targets). Obviously we will keep close tabs on this new track and its development.

I am looking forward to the many comments of our blog faithful. . .


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11 Responses to “New CCIE Track Announced – SP Operations”

 
  1. Andrew Dempsey says:

    Ok Cisco now I am officially confused.

  2. John Spaulding says:

    Now i am wondering if this will replace the current.

  3. The interesting thing about this is that there is an entire SERIES of certifications regarding SP Operations coming into play. CCNA, CCNP and the CCIE. See https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-6488 for some information.

    CCNA and CCIE will both come sometime in Q2. CCNP will not be around until Q3′ish.

    There is not a whole lot of detail about the focus of this new series of certifications. How much “thinking” versus “doing” will be focussed on. And given the massive variety of ideas and details about what comprises a Service Provider’s network… The terms “IOS” and “IOS-XR” are definitely used.

    This means we’ll at least have SOME focus on GSR 12000-series or CRS-1 series routers. (I’m thinking that the CRS-1 may be necessary for INE to handle all of the bandwidth necessary for the blog site! (smirk))

    But there is alot of potential for this new track, and rest assured that we will all be paying lots of attention and seeing which direction things are heading.

    And no, for those who are wondering, this is not on my immediate roadmap of things to do! :)

  4. kim says:

    IMHO there will be two separate tracks for Sp.i fear if they replace the current track , i need to further push my lab exam.

  5. Bill says:

    Keep in mind that IOS-XR may come in with the ASR9000 or ASR 14000 platform rather than the GSR-XR or CRS-1. The ASR 9K and 14K, unlike the ASR1000 product line, runs a train of IOS-XR not IOS-XE.

    Running IOS-XR on an upgraded GSR12K was only meant as a transitional tool to avoid the forklift upgrade to the CRS-1. I would venture to guess that the GSR-XR is too outdated for a brand new CCIE track. Customers are not likely choosing GSR for brand new deployments with other Cisco and competitive offerings available. The other issue here is that many existing GSR routers can’t simply run IOS-XR without hardware upgrades. Picking a mature box like GSR doesn’t make home lab options any better, IMHO.

    My view is that the CRS-1 doesn’t have the adoption rate (like any vendor’s *major* core platform) to be considered mainstream. However, maybe this is Cisco’s plan to increase exposure. Of course, putting this box into a lab is very expensive and could hinder adoption of the CCIE track.

    Plus, what ever happened to the ASR 14000? This was suppose to be another IOS-XR box – actually a CRS-1 chassis re-branded ASR 14000. Checking cisco.com I see a support page for this platform but it must not be FRS yet since it’s not in the products section. It would also be a great fit for the CCIE SPO since the cost will be lower, which drives mainstream adoption.

    Ultimately, I think these ASR platforms will have better traction in the market than the other IOS-XR platforms of the past. Using these platforms will help make the CCIE SPO more attainable because equipment will be accessible.

    Now, if we could only get an emulator. I know, the problem is emulating the PFE in the control plane software but it can be done – assuming they want to manage a software build to make it happen.

  6. Pete says:

    And no, for those who are wondering, this is not on my immediate roadmap of things to do! :)

    Damn straight, still waiting for security and voice to be totally released, get onto those first please

  7. jkdrouter says:

    I don’t see how can they replace current ccie certification. Take a look at blueprint.
    Looks like NOC ccie.

  8. Malick Ndiaye says:

    I do not think that this track will replace the current, to me it’s 2 different things. NGNs are the next hot things and Cisco knows it, so in order to get people on board they creat a brand new certification and at the same time push partners to hire those certified engineers to up their partner status. I think it’s an exciting track but we will see how it will unfold!!!!

  9. butch_deadlift says:

    At what point does Cisco begin to dilute the value of their certs by having too many of them? In the past 2 – 3 years they have introduced the CCENT; CCNA voice & security; CCNA / CCNP / CCIE wireless; CCDE; and Cisco Certified Architect. Is there really a demand for an additional track? Especially one that obviously overlaps an existing one?

  10. jkdrouter says:

    I actually agree with you.
    I’d rather see those new things incorporated in old CCIE track.
    I mean, 4500 section for CCIE R&S is long overdue don’t you think so ?

  11. Mar says:

    No way to replace the existing CCIE SP track, this is totally different but it will great to have this type of certification to focus also on operations, please look to the written blueprint:

    CCIE SP Operations Written Exam Topics:
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    The Cisco SP Operations Written Exam (#350-060) has 100 multiple-choice questions and is two hours in duration. The topic areas listed are general guidelines for the type of content that is likely to appear on the exam. Please note, however, that other relevant or related topic areas may also appear.

    Exam Sections and Sub-task Objectives

    1.0
    Manage the network fault management system
    1.1
    Develop a fault management process for a managed network environment collaboratively with the tools team
    1.2
    Determine the interaction between the fault management system and the ticketing system in collaboration with the tools team
    1.3
    Determine the method to gather appropriate metrics for an established fault management process
    2.0
    Manage performance and capacity
    2.1
    Identify spikes and potential trouble spots based on syslog and/or Network Management System (NMS) output
    2.2
    Develop a plan to solve a particular performance issue based on syslog and/or Network Management System (NMS) output
    2.3
    Identify the Network Management System (NMS) metrics and SLA metrics that will be needed in order to further troubleshoot a specific problem communicated orally, written, etc.
    2.4
    Develop a plan to establish a baseline and monitor the network in conjunction with the tools and performance groups
    2.5
    Create baseline network performance in conjunction with engineering and architecture teams
    2.6
    Monitor the network to look for variances against the baseline
    2.7
    Edit existing scripts which enable a network baseline management plan in conjunction with the tools and performance groups
    3.0
    Manage operations processes
    3.1
    Collaborate with the process team and NOC management on process development to meet a desired network operational objective
    3.2
    Develop a specific prototype and test plan for a particular planned network change, working collaboratively with the engineering and design groups
    3.3
    Develop, for a particular network, a list of needed tools working collaboratively with the tools team
    3.4
    Develop a detailed operations plan including metrics and reporting functions for a particular network working collaboratively with the process team
    3.5
    Develop a process change action plan based on the results of a network audit
    3.6
    Develop and maintain a spares plan for a particular network
    4.0
    Troubleshoot and fix reachability and transport problems within the network
    4.1
    Identify predecessor steps that have not been executed based on an escalation ticket dealing with reachability
    4.2
    Determine whether to fix or escalate a ticket dealing with reachability
    4.3
    Identify the area(s) causing a complex reachability problem of unknown origin
    4.4
    Troubleshoot a complex routing problem and, considering the technical aspects, determine the risks and fix it
    4.5
    Troubleshoot a complex security problem and, considering the technical aspects, determine the risks and fix it
    5.0
    Identify problems in implementation plans
    5.1
    Find issues of a rollout plan received from engineering before deployment
    5.2
    Identify hardware which is not backwards compatible on a new service rollout plan
    5.3
    Find hardware that needs operating system upgrades on a new service rollout plan
    5.4
    Review and provide recommendations on areas in which NOC support plans will not be sufficient on a new service rollout plan
    6.0
    Troubleshoot and fix network performance problems
    6.1
    Identify predecessor steps that have not been executed based on an escalation ticket dealing with network performance
    6.2
    Determine whether to fix or escalate a ticket dealing with network performance
    6.3
    Determine whether to fix or where to escalate a core network fault
    6.4
    Identify the source of a complex network performance problem
    6.5
    Troubleshoot a complex network performance problem and, considering the technical aspects, determine the risks and fix it
    6.6
    Identify a complex application performance problem and isolate it
    6.7
    Identify a complex computing device (server, call manager, etc – not the network or application) performance problem and isolate it
    6.8
    Troubleshoot a complex traffic pattern problem and, considering the technical aspects, determine the risks and fix it
    6.9
    Troubleshoot a complex, chronic performance problem and, considering the technical aspects, determine the risks and fix it

 

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