Ask the Expert

Should I start my networking career with Voice over IP, network security, or SANs? What long term pl

I have chosen a networking career for myself but am not sure where I should start. My proposed choices are in either Voice over IP, network security, or SANs. Which one would you suggest, and please specify a good path to start from as well as a long term plan that should be made to advance my career.

    Requires Free Membership to View

Dear Sir or Madam:
All three of the areas about which you inquire -- namely, VoIP, network/information security, and SAN -- present excellent employment opportunities for knowledgeable, experienced practitioners where VoIP and SAN probably present the best opportunities for entry-level professionals as well. When it comes to VoIP, start with a vendor-neutral cert like the CTP or CCNT (see my survey of VoIP certs for more information), and then move into whichever vendor platform you feel offers the best mix of on-the-job experience and learning opportunities (Cisco and Avaya are both good choices). When it comes to SAN/NAS, start with SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) credentials and then, likewise, jump into the vendor platform of choice (I wrote an article on storage-related programs and certifications for Certmag in 2003, but it's a bit out of date now).
Thanks for posting. Good luck with your career planning and training activities!
--Ed--

This was first published in April 2007

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: