CCIE R&S vs CCIE DC - Urgent advice please
I do apologize for the lengthy message, but needed you to get the whole picture.
I am confused as to what to do and how to go about it, so I need your honest advice please?
In Oct 2012, I decided to start the CCIE track and to help me achieve this; I bought (from my own pocket) the CCIE complete bundle from INE and got some switches from my office to setup the hybrid GNS3 – Cisco LAB which was completed in Nov, 2012.
Just about a week after setting the lab up, my company decided it was time to move me over to the Data Center team having completed a Nexus course over a year ago and my company was bidding for a DC project.
Eventually we won the bid and I was assigned as the Focal engineer to implement the design and troubleshoot any issues. This involves the Nexus 7Ks and 5Ks.
Now in order to refresh my knowledge and obviously gain a lot more I purchased the CCIE DC course last month (all 3 from my pocket again –now I am broke and the wife isn’t happy ) and looking through it I am learning a lot to help me achieve a successful deployment.
My worries now are I am seriously thinking of starting a full study of the CCIE DC course rather than the CCIE R&S but I have some questions.
My questions are:
1. Do you think this is a good idea to now do the CCIE DC rather than the CCIE R&S, taking into consideration its all new to me and could take me a long time to get there?
2. If I should go for the CCIE DC, what can be the recommended way to go about this? Is it wise to do the CCNA DC, CCNP DC before looking to do the CCIE DC Written then the lab exam?
3. What will then happen to my CCIE R&S course materials and study? Do you think I will ever be able to get round doing it again?
4. Or should I just slow than on the CCIE DC and continue the CCIE R&S study now that I have the lab built up?
Sorry guys if I am being a pain but I am not quite sure what to do and just need someone to tell me what they will do in such situation.
My company are also getting some UCS deals coming through at present although there is another engineer working on that though we are in the same department.
Any advice will do.