Cisco has introduced new certification known as Cisco Certified Architect. Prerequisites:-
1. Candidate is required to have completed CCDE.
2. There is an application process and requires the candidate to have 10 years of experience.
In Cisco’s certification pyramid, this certification stands above CCIE. I personally think that with CCDE and 10 years of experience as prerequisite very few people would even qualify for this certification. As per this writing, there are only 7 CCDEs worldwide. So don’t worry, CCIE’s respect is not going to be effected by CCA :-). Just my 2 cents.