Vendor cert levels

Eric Stoltz eric.stoltz at
Thu Sep 4 14:23:08 UTC 2014

The technical term for that music is the "Cisco Disco"

> On 09/03/2014 05:34 PM, Jon Garrison wrote:
>> On 3 Sep 2014, at 12:23, Jared Mauch wrote:
>>>> On Sep 3, 2014, at 5:00 AM, Isaac Adams <isaacnanog at>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> Hey Folks,
>>>> I am trying to work out a strategy for vendor certification in
>>>> our company. As a general rule, do you all fund employees
>>>> certification and if so what kind of levels do you try to
>>>> maintain as good practice?
>>>> For example. NOC staff should be JNCIA and engineering JNCIP to
>>>> JNCIE?
>>>> Clearly certification does not usually reflect ability but it
>>>> does help people feel valued and to maintain a basic level of
>>>> competence.
>>> Cisco discriminates against customers without certification and
>>> delays service and support to them as a result.  (e.g.: you can’t
>>> open a sev 1 case online unless you are “CCIE”).
>> You can however just call them and yell "Environment Down" and they
>> will call it whatever Sev you want. There are an unending number of
>> issues with their online case opening "portal" however.
>> Filling out a form online to wait a call back was never my first
>> choice. Plus putting that Cisco hold music on speaker is a good way
>> to improve the mood!
>>> You likely want to have someone with this access in their account
>>> to speed access when there are network critical issues.
>>> - Jared

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