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advice looking to move on from 3rd line server role

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by SPURSN17, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. SPURSN17

    SPURSN17 New Member

    currently in a 3rd line server support roles looking after physical and virtual boxes (vmware/ hyper v) and netapp and citrix boxes also currently mcsa 2012 and VCP 5.1 and

    looking to move on in maybe pre-sales, architect or just specialise in one area.

    maybes looking at doing citrix CCA or netapp NCDA as they seem to be asked for quite a bit in jobs specs ive seen plus ive got experience in these areas.

    what would be the most worthwhile cert to do next ie most in demand etc. ?
  2. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    TBH all three roles are different and have different requirements.

    I can answer the specialising in one area (virtualisation) because that's what I am doing now, a little about me is that I came from a Windows Server platform background but moved in to a Virtualisation platform role a couple of years ago.

    What you will find with the virtualisation specialisation is that it doesn't just need virtualisation experience, you're also going to need some sys admin experience, an understanding of storage and networking as well as some basic business appreciation.

    Depending on what kind of work you want to do in the future will also dictate what kind of certification to go for next. Pre-Sales are most likely going to want you VCP\VCAP'd\MCITP\MCSE\CCNA\CCNP etc. Architect is going to be deeper still, going down the VCAP\VCDX\MCA\CCIE etc.

    You really need to understand where you want your career to go next because only then will you know better where you need to get to.
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).

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