I’m considering pursuing the new CCDE certification, and I think you should consider it as well. Here are four reasons to think about it:
Unlike a CCNP, CCDP, or MCSE certification, the CCDE doesn’t have a long list of tests you must take. You only have to take one written and one hands-on exam.
For those of us who enjoy designing complex networks instead of tweaking and troubleshooting complex network routing or security, the CCDE may be something that interests you more than other certifications.
Cisco has done a great job representing, improving, and marketing the CCIE. Because of this, I think the CCDE will become highly recognizable, just as the CCIE is today.
The CCDE proves that you can design some of the most complex and advanced networks in the world today. The documentation of this skill can be invaluable to your career.
However, don’t jump the gun: Make sure you have the recommended design experience on large networks, get ready to prepare for some grueling tests, and make sure you’re willing to pay a much higher price than other certifications — both in time and in dollars.