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

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

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

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

Being more knowledgeable in one or several specialty areas makes an employee more valuable.16 Page 5 of 16 Next article .6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.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." Anderson said. video CCNA into one p." p. "They don't need to be generalists and then specialists.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.

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

" Corno said. The existing CCNA Voice and CCNA Video certifications. configure. partners should stay tuned for such announcements in the coming months. Cisco plans to merge CCNA Voice and CCNA Video tracks into the new CCNA Collaboration certification. according to Antonella Corno. as well as the CCNP Voice certification. video CCNA into one p. "Those two exams cover all of the skills for integrating voice. the collaboration platform. video. .16 Page 7 of 16 The new Cisco collaboration certification strategy targets engineers who implement.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.E-guide a skills gap and that IT professionals need to be retrained to have a broader picture of collaboration as it's evolving.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. which requires two exams but has no prerequisites.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. manager for product strategy with Learning@Cisco. remain valid. 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. However. integrated with the concept of on premise and cloudbased services. In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. deploy and troubleshoot collaboration and communication infrastructures.

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

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

2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. According to CNT research.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. "Staying ahead of the data growth curve often requires a combined solution and very often cannot be provided by only one company. the two companies will connect monitoring devices to water pipes.1 trillion ." said Napatech CTO Peter Ekner. "It is through the integration process that we are able to address the needs of today's overtaxed network infrastructure.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p. 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. 1 Gbps network accelerator to support higher speed processing. video CCNA into one p. 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. in a statement." AT&T. according to the firms. More specifically. The enhanced Cyber adAPT blends Cyber adAPT's real-time scanning detection product with Napatech's four-port.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p.

video CCNA into one p.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. 41% of the data will be carried over cell networks.000 PB by 2019 A recent Juniper Research study on mobile phone traffic predicts that mobile phone data will reach 197.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. it has connected 22 million devices to the Internet. While most of the data will be offloaded to Wi-Fi networks. The two companies plan on undertaking more IoT projects focusing on cities and utilities. 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. the study said. And IBM has invested $3 billion in an Internet of Things business unit. . gallons of purified water are lost each year because of leaks. acoustic sensors are attached to the pipes and are able to pick up the sound of a leak. In the AT&T/IBM initiative.16 Page 11 of 16 Juniper Research predicts mobile data traffic to reach 197.000 petabytes by 2019. the average smartphone user will double his data usage over the next four years. 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. fueled by telematics and automobile-based information and entertainment systems.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. AT&T has reported that so far. According to the research. Juniper Research also found that machine-to-machine traffic is likely to increase.6 Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p. doubling the amount of mobile traffic generated in 2014.E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.

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

E-guide In this e-guide CCNA changes: Realigning the entry-level Cisco certification p.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol – while high-availability technologies such as VRRP. What is used in standard access lists? .9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. p. as they are now frequently used in today's networks and also occupy an important portion of the next certification level. We have prepared two 10-question quizzes to help you practice for the exam. CCNP Routing and Switching. See below for some sample questions from each of these quizzes. video CCNA into one p. When you feel prepared. Which command is used to verify the encapsulation type on a frame relay link? 3.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. head over to SearchNetworking to see how well you do. HSRP and GLBP have made an appearance. open shortest path first (OSPF) virtual LANs (VLANs).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. Host A receives a frame and discards it after determining that it is corrupt.16 Page 13 of 16 Practice Quiz One: Study Questions 1. At which OSI layer are frames checked for errors? 2.

9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. video CCNA into one 5. Which open standard protocol is used in VPN implementations to ensure secure end-to-end communications? 3. 5.E-guide 4.12 1. TechTarget-SW1 (config-if)# switchport port-security. 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. TechTarget-SW1 (config-if)# switchport port-security macaddress sticky p. Explain the purpose of inverse ARP. What would the result be when the following commands are executed on a Cisco Catalyst switch: a. b. Which command shows the last method used to power cycle a router? Getting more PRO+ essential content p.2 New Cisco collaboration certification plan rolls voice. Which parameters are used to calculate OSPF cost in Cisco routers? . Which command is used to encrypt all plain-text passwords on a Cisco router? 2.6 Practice Quiz Two: Study Questions Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.16 Page 14 of 16 4.

16 Page 15 of 16 .6 Next article Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros p.E-guide Now that you know what to expect.9 Cisco CCNA exam: Are you ready? p. 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. and what you may still need to study.12 Getting more PRO+ essential content p. video CCNA into one p.

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