CCIE Data Center Certification

Data Center maintenance is a vital role within the IT field, requiring both expertise and leadership. Agile IT infrastructure is a fundamental part of modern business strategies and depends upon the oversight of professionals who are knowledgeable, adaptable, and confident.

What is the CCIE Data Center Certification?

Cisco’s CCIE Data Center Certification establishes your high-level capabilities and understanding of complex Data Center navigation and solutions. The advanced skills mastered through earning this certification focus on both Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity, as well as fabric infrastructure, storage networking and compute, network services, and automation and orchestration. As a result, certified practitioners are uniquely prepared to plan, design, implement, and manage the many facets of today’s Data Center infrastructure.

Is the CCIE Data Center Certification Right for You?

There are no prerequisites to taking the CCIE Data Center Certification exams (besides extensive study, of course) but it is recommended that you have at least 7 years of job experience prior. Previous work with designing, deploying, operating, and optimizing data center technologies and solutions provides a significant advantage.

What Can the CCIE Data Center Certification Do For Your Career?

The average CCIE Data Center Certified practitioner sees a starting salary at $85,000 annually. As Data Center technologies evolve, the already abundant need for professionals will continue to grow. Job opportunities increase as a result of earning your certification, as 99% of organizations use certifications to make hiring decisions.

How Do You Achieve Your CCIE Data Center Certification?

Candidates must pass two exams in order to earn their CCIE Data Center Certification: a qualifying, written exam and a hands-on lab exam.

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CCIE Data Center Exams:

Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR 350-601)

This 2 hour written exam tests a candidate’s knowledge regarding the implementation of core data center technologies.

The topics covered within the exam include:

  • Network (25%)
  • Compute (25%)
  • Storage Network (20%)
  • Automation (15%)
  • Security (15%)

CCIE Data Center v3.0

This 8 hour, hands-on lab exam requires candidates to plan, design, deploy, operate, and optimize complex Data Center networks.

Candidates are expected to program and automate the network during the exam within the following topics:

  • Data Center L2/L3 Connectivity (20%)
  • Data Center Fabric Infrastructure (15%)
  • Data Center Fabric Connectivity (15%)
  • Data Center Compute (15%)
  • Data Center Automation and Orchestration (15%)
  • Data Center Storage Protocols and Features (10%)
  • Data Center Security and Network Services (10%)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, written exams may now be taken remotely. Learn about your current exam options here.

How to Prepare for the CCIE Data Center Certification Exam

INE’s CCIE Data Center v3.0 Learning Path covers all the fundamental topics critical to earning the CCIE Data Center Certification and achieving success throughout your career.

All technologies, hardware platforms, and software platforms included in the v3 blueprint are demonstrated and explained in-depth. Expert instruction pairs with hands-on exercises to provide candidates with an advanced understanding of all important topics and skills.

Every course is brought together in one, easy-to-track location, guiding candidates through the study process step-by-step. There’s no need to worry about unintentionally overlooking a critical area of study. Everything you need is laid out clearly, allowing you to make the most of your training. With engaging content that improves retention and advances capabilities, INE’s Data Center Learning Path sees you through the entire certification experience and beyond.

I could not have passed without the help of INE. They have the best training materials in the industry by far. The on-demand videos are excellent. The rack-rentals and exercises were essential for my practice leading up to the lab exam.

Cory, CCIE Data Center #59831

I've been a proud INE customer since 2006. It would have been impossible to earn my CCIE without INE’s help. INE has always been one step ahead in terms of training development and rack-rental availability. Everything they offer is all we need to surpass the big CCIE challenge.

Antonio, CCIE Data Center #18473

INE provides clear and concise video training tools. I’ve been able to use knowledge I’ve gained from INE not just to pass a lab exam, but also on real world projects I’ve been able to deliver to customers.

Jose, CCIE Data Center #59340

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