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Changing certification goals

I've been with my employer for over 11 years now. I've spent most of the time here as a server/virtualization admin, and for the past 2 years, I've been working as a network engineer.

I've been studying for CCNP Security. Not really a huge demand for this in my area, I'm considering putting this on hold, in favor of finally completing the CCDA/CCDP. I'm considering this for a few reasons....

1) I'm hoping the design exams will help on my way to eventually becoming a lead engineer/architect.
2) I don't have any of the products that the ccnp-sec certification covers in production and I'm strictly a Palo Alto shop
3) This might free up some time to learn some SDN technologies (probably NSX for now)

I still think the CCNP Sec is a great certification and I'll continue to learn the technologies, just won't sit the exams.

I've also been watching some webinars on AWS/Azure (mainly Palo Alto webinars), and starting to wonder if there is benefit for me to pick up these cloud skills. Possibly go for the AWS CSA and maybe the AWS network specialist certification?

I've always had an interest in cloud (not so much development) so I feel I should explore it, but I also don't want to abandon networking altogether.

So in summary, I'm thinking go for AWS CSA, then CCDA/CCDP, or vice versa.

As always, any thoughts or opinions are appreciated

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