That was the year that was, so what’s 2013 got in store?

By | January 9, 2013

Well, that’s my first year of blogging done and dusted, so what did I achieve in 2012 and what would I like to do in 2013?  2012 was a really enjoyable year, and at the same time it was probably the most challenging of my career in Networking so far.

I started the year intending to achieve Cisco CCNP status in Routing and Switching by the end of it, but I only managed to pass one of the three required exams.  I did get to work on some great projects,  including a branch network in Madrid, a Data Centre built with Juniper EX4500/4200 switches,  a Cisco campus LAN refresh and some Check Point firewall upgrades.

The other highlights of 2012 include:

  • started blogging at
  • finally started to realise what a fantastic tool Twitter can be for connecting with Networking folk all over the world
  • passed Cisco SWITCH exam (one down, two to go!)
  • got to work with Juniper kit and learn some JunOS, albeit mostly using J-Web rather than the CLI

So, what about 2013?  Well, more of the same really!  I’d like to continue progress towards CCNP, but I’d also like to learn more JunOS, and maybe have a crack at a Juniper cert.   I’d also like to do more with my blog this year, so some goals for 2013 look like this:

  • pass Cisco ROUTE exam
  • pass Juniper Networks Certified Associate – Junos (JNCIA-Junos) exam
  • blog consistently, about Cisco, Juniper and Check Point
  • re-vamp the blog design/framework
  • get better at network diagrams
  • keep improving as a Network Engineer


There we go then, that little lot seems plenty to be getting along with!!  Lets see how we go……




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About Rich Bibby

Rich Bibby is a UK based Network Engineer, working mainly with Cisco, Juniper and Arista gear in the enterprise LAN, WAN and Data Centre space. Aside from route/switch/firewalling, he is interested in open source network monitoring and management tools, and exploring the possibilities that automation and programmability bring to networking. Follow Rich on Twitter

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