CCIE DC vs R&S???
Wanted to get the brain trust's thoughts...Currently in an internal debate as to which CCIE track to head down DC vs R&S.
My current role is Layer1-3 SME and data center architecture. However, SAN/MDS and compute live in other (friendly) teams. My interaction with these technologies is limited to where Layer1 to 3 interact (including physical layout). I also serve as the Cisco ACI SME.
I started down the R&S route, began to move over to the DC route and now can not decide. I believe I am seeing a significant amount of deep SAN (MDS is not an issue) & compute in the DC track. In my organization, I interact with these technologies but will never actually work on/in them.
From a learning perspective, I have full access to CML (Cisco Modeling Lab / corp version of VIRL) which is all I need for R&S in addition to the INE labs. Whereas for the DC labs, I will rely on paid INE labs mostly with some access to our internal functional DC lab (ACI/EMC SAN/MDS/UCS-B). Access to our corporate lab will be limited as my team does not completely own it.
What is everyone's thoughts for a hardcore network guy (8-ish years in a senior role) who accepts Cisco ACI, accepts python programming, but will be unlikely to engineer in the SAN & compute spaces?
Oh, and I really need to decide, planning on taking a written at Cisco Live this year...