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Is obtaining a CCNA valuable for a system administrator?

Our Cisco certifications expert, David Minutella, tells us whether obtaining a CCNA is valuable for a system administrator, in this expert response.

I work as a Sun Solaris System administrator, and I want to know if a CCNA is valuable in this industry. Is the requirement and pay higher if I get my CCNA?
The two certifications (SCSA and CCNA) are very divergent and have very little overlap I'm afraid except for an understanding of TCP/IP fundamentals. Thus, unless you are specifically targeting a career which entails network administration with Cisco routers and switches with Sun Solaris servers, adding the CCNA to your resume alphabet probably will not increase your salary much.
This was first published in January 2007

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