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In a recent podcast, we talked with our friend Angelo Luciani from Nutanix about the value of being part of a community and what that can mean for your career. We continue along that train of thought in this podcast but pivot over to the topic industry certifications. Host Brian talks again to Nick Mitchell and Eric Pulvino, two of our consultants who’ve not only taken certifications throughout their career but worked on and helped to create our open networking certification. Listen as they discuss the value of them, if any, what works for certifications and what doesn’t, who should be taking certifications and more!

As Brian mentions in the podcast, we have a social game going on for 2019 where you can win some fun prizes. Part of the game includes some flash give-aways of free CCONP certification exam registration and more!  Head over to our EPIC Year Game page to learn more or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Guest Bios

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided to join Cumulus Networks to be a part of the open networking innovation. When not working, Brian is a voracious reader and has held a variety of jobs, including bartending in three countries and working as an extra in a German soap opera. You can find him on Twitter at @bosullivan00.

Eric Pulvino: Eric is a Senior Consulting Engineer on our Professional Services team. Before he became Cumulus Curious(TM) he worked for Cisco consulting on large service provider networks from various household names. Today he works with customers in all stages of the open networking pipeline from initial product training, on to architecture and design, as well as the deployment and operation phases. He is not sure if he loves Linux or Networking more but is happy to work at Cumulus Networks where he doesn’t have to choose. When not on-the-clock, he is frequently annoying his family, writing all kinds of python-based home automation. You can find him on Twitter at @EricPulvino.

Nick Mitchell: Nick has been a member of the Cumulus Networks team for over 3 years, previously as part of the technical support team, and currently as a Consulting Engineer within the Professional Services team. He has 10+ years of experience in the industry, the majority of which was during his time in a solution test team for both enterprise and data center networks at Cisco. As an avid Linux enthusiast and networking professional, Nick found open networking to be a common ground for his interests. Outside of work, Nick maintains his geek status with home automation projects. When not on a computer, he enjoys relaxing with his wife and dog on trips to the mountains or beach. You can find him on Twitter at @nwmitchell.