Friday, 19 February 2016

The Best IT Certifications

In the earlier post, we discussed about the computer networking ideas and concepts. Now, we can check what are the most popular IT courses and certifications available now.


Cisco introduced the entry level Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification at the Philadelphia Networker show in 1998. This certification was meant to improve the knowledge and skills required by the professionals to successfully manage the different aspects of a network. CCNA is considered as the foundation course of Cisco networking. CCNA is a prerequisite for other Cisco networking courses like CCNP, CCIE.

A CCNA certified candidate can have the ability to install, configure, manage, and troubleshoot medium-sized networks, including implementation of remote networks in a WAN.

CCNA Benefits:
Good knowledge on network OS's concepts and fundamentals.
The CCNA certification logo can be added to their resume so as to make it unique.
With CCNA, it is possible to proceed for a CCNA Security certification which has a high scope in the networking domain, currently.

Job duties of a Cisco Network Engineer
Create new network design, assess the network requirements and report recommendations based on the requirements to the management.

Check and Configure switches, routers and double check the cables are connected properly.

Able to develop designs with 100% Network security.

Backup and recovery plan for the data and the network.

Continuous monitoring of the network and offer prompt and instant support when issue arises.



CCNP certification has its roots back to 1998. CCNP has gained a solid reputation as it implies a high level of skill.

CCNP has always had a heavy focus on routing and switching, with some other networking topics. CCNPCisco Certified Network Professional – is an intermediate level Cisco networking certification. A Cisco certification has a high value and approval worldwide, as Cisco is a top global networking service provider in the world.

CCNP certification enables a candidate to setup, repair, and maintain Cisco networking equipment. The following are the main tasks of a CCNP Professional:
  • Design local and wide area networks
  • Create virtual networks
  • Integrate voice and video services.

A CCNP certified professional can be fit to work in the following IT jobs:

  • Systems Engineer
Systems engineers do focus more on designing and installing networks rather than checking and monitoring them. Meanwhile system engineers lead networking teams also.

  • Network Engineer
The role of Network engineers is to ensure that the networks always run with no issues and smoothly. They must monitor what is coming in and going out of the network, and also, they ensure it running without any traffic congestion.

  • Network Technician
A network technician is supposed to handle the routine tasks of running a network. It’s his duty to repair routers, install new cables, and troubleshoot problems on the spot. Technicians can also assist network and systems engineers in the setup of new network infrastructure.

  • Support Engineer
Support engineers offer phone support, live chat, or e-mail support for clients. Even though they have a good idea of networking protocols and equipment, they don’t need to repair damaged equipment themselves. Instead, they should have strong communications skills to communicate with end-users of different technical backgrounds about the network or equipment.


The CCIE - Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert program was announced on September 27th, 1993. It was Mr. Biggs who obtained the first CCIE certification and that honor was bestowed upon him on July 19th, 1993. Like a doctoral degree in any other discipline, a CCIE certification has a high status and reputation in the society. CCIE Engineers are considered to have deep technical knowledge in the networking domain and can successfully undertake even the most complicated and challenging networking projects.

Unlike other traditional courses, the CCIE programs are continually updated and revised so the testing methodologies will have high quality, relevance and value. The CCIE exams have a written exam part and a practical lab session, both highly ensure the internet working expertise.

There is high scope for CCIE certified professionals and they are hired by corporates and MNCs like Cisco, TCS, Orange, HCL, HP, Infosys, Wipro, Accenture, Array Networks, Proactive Data Systems, Dimension Data, Singtel, IBM.

The most popular job designations for CCIE certified employees are listed below:
  • Network Engineer
  • IT Security Consultant
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Architect
  • Network Security Engineer


The MCSE certification was introduced with Windows NT, decades ago. The new acronym for MCSE is Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and it’s considered to be the most widely accepted certification in the IT sector. After successful completion of this course, a candidate can design and implement high-level IT system solutions using the Windows 2012 platform and MS Server products.

MCSE courses are regularly updated so the candidates can have the innovative ideas and up-to-date knowledge on the Microsoft products and services.

The MCSE certification is suitable for a variety of job titles like:
  • Systems Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Analyst
  • Technical Support Engineer
  • Technical Consultant

MCSE Certification Paths:

  • MCSE Server Infrastructure
  • MSCE Desktop Infrastructure
  • MCSE Private Cloud
  • MCSE Data Platform
  • MCSE Business Intelligence
  • MCSE Messaging
  • MCSE Communication
  • MCSE SharePoint


Red Hat® certification began in 1999 with the title, Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®). It’s an internationally accepted certification which equips a system administrator with all the knowledge and skills required to handle, implement, and troubleshoot RedHat Enterprise Linux systems - world’s no. 1 Open Source-, successfully. 

With RHCE, one can configure the static routes, perform the packet filtering, and network address translation. A Red Hat Certified Engineer can easily setup kernel runtime parameters, build simple RPMs etc., with no failure but 100% success.

Short for Red Hat Certificate Engineer, RHCE is a test that measures a person's ability to configure network services and securities on live systems. It is considered by many to be the premier Linux certification.

RHCE Advantages:
  • Linux is an open source software
  • Most of the web servers are Linux based.
  • The world is moving towards Open Source
  • Plenty of job opportunities in Linux in coming years

Job Responsibilities of an RCHE
A Red Hat Certified Engineer can act as administrator for Linux systems networks that run on the Red Hat Enterprise. The role will be to configure, manage and maintain Linux systems.

RHCEs may have to work with Wide Area Network (WANs), Local Area Networks (LANs) and other similar networks. Checking for system security will also be a part of RHCE’s job role.

Other Certifications
The some other networking certifications prevailing in the IT sector today, are:
  • CompTIA Network+
  • MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate)
  • MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional)
  • MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist)
  • MCSM (Microsoft Certified Solutions Master)
  • VMware VCP5-DV (VMware Certified Professional5 – Data Center Virtualization)
  • VCP (VMware Certified Professional)
  • CCA (Citrix Certified Administrator) for XenServer 6
  • RHCVA (Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator)
  • CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator)
  • Novell CNE (Certified Novell Engineer)
  • ACSP (Apple Certified Support Professional)

Networking Courses @ Soften Technologies in Cochin

Soften Technologies offers job oriented computer networking training and certification under experienced certified faculty who have real world networking experience. Currently, we offer the following courses:
  • CCNA –Routing & Switching
  • CCNA –Security
  • CCNP–Routing & Switching
  • CCNP–Security
  • CCIE
  • MCSE
  • RHCE

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