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2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. video CCNA into one p. but it will also benefit your employer’s network.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. and will provide you with a practice quiz to test your knowledge.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. We can help you stay on track. Cisco has made some changes to the topics that you need to study. With the new 200-120 CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. . The following articles explain recent changes that have been made to the CCNA certification. Not only will obtaining this certification expand your career opportunities.16 Page 1 of 16 In this e-guide: Achieving your Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification requires a true in-depth understanding of network fundamentals and network security technologies.

Enterprise Management Associates Cisco made changes to its CCNA program to help admins become voice.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. video CCNA into one p.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) has long been Cisco's foundational certification. These changes will allow IT pros to use an entrylevel Cisco certification to accelerate their careers as specialists in these disciplines. Administrators had to pass two rigorous exams on routing and switching -. voice or security to obtain specialist CCNA certifications. Cisco has streamlined its Cisco Certified Network Associate certifications by reducing the amount of core routing and switching expertise an administrator needs to obtain a CCNA Voice. wireless and security specialists faster.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.16 Page 2 of 16 CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification Shamus McGillicuddy. This approach has encouraged administrators to get a deep foundation of networking skills before trying to develop expertise in a specific branch of networking. . CCNA Security and CCNA Wireless accreditation.to obtain a standard CCNA before taking additional exams on wireless.the ICND1 and ICND2 -.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. Cisco said.

They don't necessarily want all their voice.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. Of course. entry-level administrators with core routing and switching skills remain just as important to employers.500 enterprises on the subject. Bijor said." video CCNA into one p. "Job roles are changing. so Cisco will continue to test candidates on these skills with its rebranded CCNA Routing and Switching certification. For these accreditations. It found that 80% of companies will have network administrators dedicated to security in 2013. CCNA Security and CCNA Wireless. The first exam will evaluate their knowledge of the routing and . creating a demand for a more streamlined entry-level Cisco certification program. 69% will have dedicated voice administrators.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. product marketing manager at Cisco.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. and 66% will have dedicated wireless administrators. But employers are looking for more entry-level administrators who can do more than plug in and configure voice. They are being asked to troubleshoot and debug system problems with increasing levels of complexity and feature implementations. security and wireless administrators to know how to work with routing protocols like BGP and OSPF. Cisco commissioned Forrester Research to survey 1. administrators will only need to take two exams rather than three. wireless and security systems.16 Page 3 of 16 More enterprises are creating dedicated job roles in these specialty areas. "Companies are asking associate-level engineers to do more. consolidate the exams and test preparation for CCNA Voice. Cisco will." said Ramesh Bijor. however.

Employers want administrators who can quickly fill a specialized role "versus a more jack of all trades administrator. Some level of certification can help make those candidates more employable and also give employers some known competencies that they should be skilling their staff to. program vice president for IDC." Anderson said. video or wireless. principal analyst and founder of Westminster.E-guide switching technologies most relevant to their chosen specialty.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. "When we do surveys on hard-to-find skills. video CCNA into one p. "We're finding that those skills are teachable to entry-level positions. "It allows a Cisco engineer to decide right up front if they want to specialize in security or unified communications. Mass. In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p." This realignment of entry-level Cisco certifications will allow administrators to define a career path for themselves earlier than they have in the past. and the second exam will test their skills in voice. according to Cushing Anderson." . routing and switching." said Zeus Kerravala.-based ZK Research.16 Page 4 of 16 Not only will this redesigned CCNA help employers find entry-level specialists. voice and security now appear at the top and wireless isn't far behind that.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. but it will help network administrators differentiate themselves early on in their careers.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.

" Anderson said.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice." p.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. "They don't need to be generalists and then specialists. Being more knowledgeable in one or several specialty areas makes an employee more valuable.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification "Those specialist skills are valuable earlier on in an employee's lifecycle. video CCNA into one p.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.16 Page 5 of 16 Next article .

16 Page 6 of 16 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. Senior Writer Cisco is replacing its CCNA Voice. video CCNA into one p. Cisco today introduced two industry role-based certifications for collaboration that address the convergence of voice. CCNA Video and CCNP Voice certifications with the CCNA Collaboration and CCNP Collaboration certifications. Noting that collaboration is a catalyst for the transformation in the workplace.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. data and mobile applications.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. said that the new Cisco collaboration certifications address .9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. according to Cisco. video CCNA into one Lynn Haber. Tejas Vashi. The new Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Collaboration and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Collaboration certifications aim to teach the skills required to help customers meet the growing need for collaboration in a workplace that is geographically diverse with a workforce that is increasingly mobile. director for product strategy and marketing with Cisco Services. video.

deploy and troubleshoot collaboration and communication infrastructures. The existing CCNA Voice and CCNA Video certifications. partners should stay tuned for such announcements in the coming months.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. video. the collaboration platform.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. Cisco is encouraging partners to pursue the new collaboration certifications but Cisco's partner organization has not announced any timeline or requirements for partners to get the new certifications.E-guide a skills gap and that IT professionals need to be retrained to have a broader picture of collaboration as it's evolving. remain valid. . Cisco plans to merge CCNA Voice and CCNA Video tracks into the new CCNA Collaboration certification. However. as well as the CCNP Voice certification. manager for product strategy with Learning@Cisco.16 Page 7 of 16 The new Cisco collaboration certification strategy targets engineers who implement. video CCNA into one p.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. "Those two exams cover all of the skills for integrating voice." Corno said.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. integrated with the concept of on premise and cloudbased services. according to Antonella Corno. configure. In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. which requires two exams but has no prerequisites.

9 All of the CCNA Collaboration exams and courseware is currently available. So. with the rollout of the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Collaboration certification. The migration plan for the new collaboration certifications is a chapter that the company started last year. completing a certification path. according to Corno. Cisco will retire the older CCNA Voice and Video certifications and CCNP Voice certification about six months after the new materials are available.E-guide The CCNP Voice certification. the content has been reorganized into four exams. The CCNP Collaboration exams and courseware will follow by the end of April. In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. the CCNA certifications will retire in August and the CCNP certification will retire in the fall. one of which is new.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.16 Page 8 of 16 Next article ." she said. To map to the new CCNP Collaboration certification.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. video CCNA into one p. expert-level track. "Now were offering the CCNP and CCNA Collaboration certifications.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. consisted of five exams. meanwhile.

video CCNA into one p.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. Cyber adAPT and Napatech join forces to launch an integrated threat detection system. automate and orchestrate services and provide the infrastructure to support big data analytics. Cisco said the new certifications teach networking professionals how to connect.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. The curriculum is targeted at plant administrators.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. The new Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications are available globally. . Cisco has expanded its certification program to include topics on the Internet of Things and cloud networking. as well as control and IT/network engineers working in manufacturing. The cloud-focused CCNP certification teaches professionals how to create infrastructure as a service products to enable the enterprise to control cloud deployments. Liberty Mutual Cisco has added IoT and cloud topics to its CCNA and CCNP certification programs.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.16 Page 9 of 16 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros Sonia Groff. The IoT-focused CCNA certificate concentrates on how to operate converged industrial networks.

"It is through the integration process that we are able to address the needs of today's overtaxed network infrastructure.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. the two companies will connect monitoring devices to water pipes. The purpose of this venture is to find leaks in pipes it would take water managers much longer to find without the use of IoT technology.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. According to CNT research.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p." said Napatech CTO Peter Ekner. The enhanced Cyber adAPT blends Cyber adAPT's real-time scanning detection product with Napatech's four-port. video CCNA into one p.16 Page 10 of 16 Cyber adAPT and Napatech create integrated threat detection system Cyber adAPT and Napatech have just launched a new integrated product aimed at accelerating threat detection in high-speed networks. 1 Gbps network accelerator to support higher speed processing. IBM use IoT to improve water management systems AT&T and IBM have teamed up to bring the Internet of things to civil engineering. 2." AT&T. "Staying ahead of the data growth curve often requires a combined solution and very often cannot be provided by only one company. in a statement.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. according to the firms. More specifically.1 trillion .

000 PB by 2019 A recent Juniper Research study on mobile phone traffic predicts that mobile phone data will reach 197.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.16 Page 11 of 16 Juniper Research predicts mobile data traffic to reach 197. In the AT&T/IBM initiative. primarily due to increased consumption of HD videos across 4G networks. North America and Western Europe is expected to have the highest offload factor between now and 2019.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. While most of the data will be offloaded to Wi-Fi networks. it has connected 22 million devices to the Internet. Juniper Research also found that machine-to-machine traffic is likely to increase. fueled by telematics and automobile-based information and entertainment systems. acoustic sensors are attached to the pipes and are able to pick up the sound of a leak. 41% of the data will be carried over cell networks.000 petabytes by 2019. doubling the amount of mobile traffic generated in 2014.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. The data collected from the sensors is sent to the cloud over an AT&T wireless network and then uploaded onto IBM software for managers to review the information. According to the research. The two companies plan on undertaking more IoT projects focusing on cities and utilities.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. . video CCNA into one p. And IBM has invested $3 billion in an Internet of Things business unit. the study said. gallons of purified water are lost each year because of leaks. AT&T has reported that so far. the average smartphone user will double his data usage over the next four years.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.

wireless. Firewall.and a significant increase of emphasis on IPv6 topics. Our updated CCNA quiz has been completely redesigned to reflect the new CCNA Routing and Switching (200-120) requirements and to help you test your knowledge and understanding of a variety of CCNA topics.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. It requires a true in-depth understanding of network fundamentals and network-security technologies covered in the CCNA curriculum. There is also complete absence of any wireless topics.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you Chris Partsenidis.a very important section in previous CCNA Routing and Switching exams -. security) and focus more on the routing and switching technologies. With the new 200-120 CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum.E-guide In this e-guide Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. which are now covered in the CCNA wireless exam. video CCNA into one p.cx Achieving your Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification requires more than just studying.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. Cisco has made some much-needed changes to steer the exam away from topics covered in other CCNA certifications (e. . ready? p.g.16 Page 12 of 16 A few of the major changes include a noticeable reduction of emphasis on IP subnetting coverage -.

Host A receives a frame and discards it after determining that it is corrupt.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. head over to SearchNetworking to see how well you do.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. See below for some sample questions from each of these quizzes. as they are now frequently used in today's networks and also occupy an important portion of the next certification level. CCNP Routing and Switching. When you feel prepared. and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol – while high-availability technologies such as VRRP. What is used in standard access lists? . Which command is used to verify the encapsulation type on a frame relay link? 3.16 Page 13 of 16 Practice Quiz One: Study Questions 1. HSRP and GLBP have made an appearance. video CCNA into one p. We have prepared two 10-question quizzes to help you practice for the exam.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. At which OSI layer are frames checked for errors? 2. open shortest path first (OSPF) virtual LANs (VLANs). p.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros The new CCNA Routing and Switching exam now focuses more on routing and switching technologies – among them Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol.

12 1. Which open standard protocol is used in VPN implementations to ensure secure end-to-end communications? 3. Which parameters are used to calculate OSPF cost in Cisco routers? . TechTarget-SW1 (config-if)# switchport port-security. 5. Explain the purpose of inverse ARP. What actions does the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server take when there is an IP address conflict? In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. Which command shows the last method used to power cycle a router? Getting more PRO+ essential content p. b.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.6 Practice Quiz Two: Study Questions Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. What would the result be when the following commands are executed on a Cisco Catalyst switch: a. video CCNA into one 5.16 Page 14 of 16 4. TechTarget-SW1 (config-if)# switchport port-security macaddress sticky p.E-guide 4. Which command is used to encrypt all plain-text passwords on a Cisco router? 2.

16 Page 15 of 16 . video CCNA into one p.6 Next article Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.E-guide Now that you know what to expect. you can access our practice quizzes at any time on SearchNetworking: In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.2 • Practice Quiz Part 1 • Practice Quiz Part 2 Good luck! New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. and what you may still need to study.

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