CCNA Data Center is an Associate level certification for data Center professionals. It provides expertise in Data Center network configuration and troubleshooting knowledge and skills and is especially designed for Data Center network administrators. CCNA Data Center curriculum is up to dated with current advancements in Data Center network technologies and Cisco Products.
CCNA is an associate level exam in Cisco certification hierarchy. After clearing CCNA Data Center exam candidate can attempt other Associate level exams in other fields of network.
- CCNA Collaboration, A certification that verifies candidate's skills of designing and management Audio/Video Collaboration networks.
- CCNA Security, A certification that verifies candidate's skills and knowledge to design and manage a secure computer network in large scale environment.
- CCNA Wireless, A certification that verifies candidate's knowledge to design, configure and manage wireless networks using Cisco Wireless LAN products and technology.
- CCNA Service Provider, A certification to test candidate skills to maintain a service provider computer network.
Cisco Certification named CCNA Data Center is designed to cater the key areas of Data Center Network Designing. The CCNA Data Center persons are considered to posses the abilities to design, configure and manage a data center network. The objective of the CCNA data center certification is to test the candidate skills in following topics:
- Nexus Operating System based data center networking concepts.
- Managing Data Center Operations and work flow.
- Network configuration management and troubleshooting skills.
- Data Center network virtualization concepts.
- Management of Data Center Network Services.
- Knowledge of Server Load Balancing and convergence of Input/output and Server Storage management.
To clear the CCNA Data Center credential candidate has to pass following exams:
- First exam code is 640-911 DCICN; the exam is mainly based on introduction of Cisco Data Center Networking. It is a 90 minutes long exam containing 65 to 75 questions. It is available in English and Japanese languages. The exam intends to test candidate's concepts and skills for Data Center Networking in Nexus Operating System environment. The topics of data Center network virtualization concepts, implementation and troubleshooting networking issues are also a part of exam.
- 2nd exam is 640-916 DCICT; it is based on Introduction to Cisco Data Center Technologies and concepts. It is a 90 minutes duration exam with 65 to 75 questions available in English and Japanese languages. This exam aims to test the abilities of the candidate to manage data center network using the concepts of Load Balancing, Storage, Server Virtualization and I/O service on server management.
CCNA Data Center scores are valid for three years. Candidate can recertify during this period to extend the certification expiry. For recertification candidate has to clear one of the following exam during recertification period.
- Clear any type of current Associate level exam except ICND1.
- Clear any current professional (642-XXX) or any professional level (300-XXX) exam.
- Clear any current CCIE exam
- Clear any current CCDE written or lab exam
- Clear any Cisco certified Architect exam or CCAr board for extending lower certifications.
Clearing a higher level certification exam automatically extends lower certifications expiry.
There is no specific pre requisite exam for CCNA Data Center certification but it is suggested that the candidate's applying for CCNA Data Center exam should have one to three years of professional work experience in Data Center networking field.
Skills and Benefits
The Data Center administrators who want to learn about designing, management and troubleshooting of a Data Center network. The CCNA Data Center is the key to learn everything about maintaining a Data Center. It provides professional knowledge and skills to maintain a Data Center based on Cisco products and Solutions. It can greatly help in professional excellence and can act as a great source to increase expertise in Data Center networking issues.
After completing CCNA Data Center Credential candidate can move on to higher level certifications in the Cisco's certification hierarchy.
- CCNP Data Center, A professional level certification to test and train professionals in the field of audio/video collaboration systems.
- CCIE Data Center, An expert level certification to train professionals in the field of Audio/Video collaboration Systems.