The Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert is a prestigious certification which enables experts to design, implement, configure and troubleshoot large networks in an enterprise environment. The CCIE program by Cisco is further divided into multiple tracks i.e. CCIE Data Center, CCIE Collaboration, CCIE wireless, CCIE Security, CCIE Service Provider etc.
The Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert Data Center is a senior level certification testing the advance level skills for planning, managing and troubleshooting large Data Center networks
Cisco CCIE data center is an expert level certification in the field of network. There are other expert level certifications available as well mentioned below:
- CCIE Routing and Switching, Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert for Routing and switching issues in a network.
- CCIE Collaboration
- CCIE Security
- CCIE Service Provider
- CCIE Wireless
CCIE Data Center is an expert level certification to test and verify candidate's skill in following areas of Data Center management:
- Deep understanding of Cisco Data Center Architecture
- Cisco NX-OS Architecture
- Cisco Storage Networking management
- Implementation of Virtual Server Network Environment
- Data Center application availability and load balancing issues.
- Plan and design complex Data Center Networks
- Manage Data Center operations
- Troubleshoot Complex Data Center Networks
CCIE Data Center certification exam is divided in two parts a written exam and a lab exam. Both are explained in detail below:
CCIE Data Center Written Exam
The written exam code for CCIE Data Center is 350-080 CCIE Data Center. It is a two hours exam having 90 to 110 questions. The exam is taken in English language. The topics covered in the exam are Cisco Data Center Architecture, Infrastructure of Cisco NX-OS, Storage Networking and virtualization of Data Center, and Application management network Services etc.
CCIE Data Center Lab Exam
The CCIE Data Center lab exam is an eight hour practical exam which is based on practical configuring a data center and managing service provision in a lab environment according to the questionnaire. Troubleshooting is an important part of the lab exam. The candidate must be eligible to figure out and troubleshoot issues in data center management.
All the CCIE certifications are to be renewed every two years after the first certification date. Hence CCIE is expert level certification in the industry so it is ensured that the certification holders possess up to date technology knowledge. That is why CCIE has to recertify every two years. Otherwise the certification is suspended and after sometime it is completely expired and candidate has to restart all the certification process from start. In order to recertify candidate has to pass one of the following exam before certification expiry:
- Any current CCIE written or practical exam
- Current CCDE written or practical exam
- Clear the Cisco Certified Architect interview or and the CCAr board review to extend lower certification.
For recertification candidate has to wait at least 15 days for reattempts between written exams. With CCIE Data Center recertified all the active Entry, Associate, Professional and other Expert level certifications are also re certified e.g. CCNP and CCNA etc.
There are no specific prerequisites to appear in CCIE data center exam. It is an expert level certification and the exams are highly professional. So it is encouraged to have at least 3 to 5 years of professional job experience before trying for CCIE data center exam.
Skills and Benefits
Cisco CCIE is an advance level certification possessing a high level skill set. The certified people are considered eligible for management of huge Data Center Networks. The benefits of CCIE in industry are mentioned briefly below:
- Most privileged and complete data center certification available worldwide for the experts.
- Verifies knowledge and skill set of the expert to design, configure and troubleshoot a large Cisco data center network.
- Provides theoretical conceptual knowledge as well as practical hands on skills to manage large Data center networks.
- A prestigious certification credential to ensure career excellence of the expert.
CCIE is the senior most or Expert level certification in the networking certification hierarchy. After obtaining the CCIE Data Centre Credential candidate can attempt other Expert level certifications e.g. CCIE Routing and Switching, CCIE Collaboration etc.