The Beginning…

Ok, so Cisco recently announced the CCDE certification.

Those old timers out there will remember the ill-fated CCIE+Design certification that apparently NOBODY passed. I wonder if this will suffer the same fate. The problem is how does one test against something that is considered a dark art? Networking is not something that falls easily under an Engineering discipline. Networking is not something that can be quantified or easily measured. People talk of 5+nines availability but even this cannot be easily defined or quantified – 5 nines for what? Applications? Ping? What do you measure? The whole network or just critical pieces of it? Availability is one thing, but reliability is another.