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Portfolio Manager. The era of digital transformation currently invigorating us has certainly not overlooked this vital IT sector. the curricular and exam changes we have undertaken across our Data Center certification portfolio to meet the demands of the next-generation data center. In this e-guide. and data center automation and orchestration. modern data center infrastructure. and protect data—what Cisco calls the “ASAP data center. You’ll need to know about unified computing. Cisco is happy to say that the Data Center certification program has been revitalized to get you ready. Fast disappearing are the days where data center professionals live in a siloed world just tending server farms. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). 2 . Today’s next-generation data center calls for a new breed of data center pro: someone who understands how to analyze. you’ll need to understand how to design. Data Center Technologies and Skills • NW engineering • Policy-driven infrastructure • Unified communications • Software Defined Networking (SDN) • Virtualization • Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) • Automation • Hyper-converged infrastructure • Cloud integration • Soft skills (negotiation. Inc. automate. simplify. Data Center Certifications and a participant in another certification track wanting to broaden your horizons. and a list of people and groups to connect with to guide your journey. I hope you will share our excitement in the data center’s Karen Louie. project management) January 2017 | © 2017 Cisco Systems. implement. a wealth of resources for self-study and formal training. current transformation whether you are a Cisco Data Center certification holder looking for career momentum. explore with us the growth of the data center market and the job roles it is spurring. Learning@Cisco Data Center e-Guide Introduction Data Center Tracks Data Center Growth Update Customer Story Authorized Training Self Study Connections Introduction It’s an exciting time to be involved with the data center. relationship management. Cisco Services eager to find a pursuit that promises to be vibrant and rewarding for years to come. or someone new to certification but Product Training. virtualization. All rights reserved.” To be at the forefront of this next generation. and manage a complex.

All rights reserved. implementing and troubleshooting today’s Data Center infrastructure. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. configure. network virtualization. and manage a modern data center infrastructure. There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). unified computing. data center automation and orchestration. and maintain data center technology.0 CCNP Data Center Get the skills needed to design. • 200-150 DCICN: Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6. Learning@Cisco Data Center e-Guide Introduction Data Center Tracks Data Center Growth Update Customer Story Authorized Training Self Study Connections Data Center Tracks CCNA Data Center Gain the knowledge you need to install. Validates the expert-level skills required for planning. 3 . implement. • 300-175 DCUCI: Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing • 300-165 DCII: Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure • 300-170 DCVAI: Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation • 300-160 DCID: Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure • 300-180 DCIT: Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure CCIE Data Center CCIE-level certifications are accepted worldwide as some of the most prestious IT certifications. designing. including data center networking concepts and technologies. and be highly qualified for senior roles in complex data centers chartered with enabling digital business initiatives. • 400-151 DCICNL: CCiE Data Center • CCIE Data Center Lab Exam January 2017 | © 2017 Cisco Systems.0 • 200-155 DCICT: Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking Technologies (DCICT) v6. storage networking. Inc.

computational of data per person capabilities and storage are all on the rise. Learning@Cisco Data Center e-Guide Introduction Data Center Tracks Data Center Growth Update Customer Story Authorized Training Self Study Connections Data Center Growth Means Career Opportunities An enterprise-class data center is key to supporting As you research career development new business models involving IoT. Big Data. With these trends hyper-connecting people. and modernizing existing business-critical applications. All of by 2020 these trends are converging in the next-generation data center and driving demand for IT professionals who design. networking. take these device and data trends into consideration: 5TB+ devices and machines. 30M In-Demand Job Roles new devices connected • Network engineer every week • Data center engineer • Network administrators • Systems engineers • Data center administrators 10. opportunities. and maintain Cisco Data Centers. install.4ZB 4. Inc.5X data center workload growth 2014-2019 January 2017 | © 2017 Cisco Systems. All rights reserved.2B • IT consultants • Support engineers global data center • IT architect IP traffic by 2019 web filtering blocks per day 2. 4 .

Product Strategy and Marketing. The revised data center certifications make sure that practitioners are uniquely qualified for key roles in sophisticated data center environments. Cisco is at the forefront of preparing professionals for today’s expanding job roles in networking. 5 . analyze it and make real-time decisions closer to where that data was created to fuel innovation and improve business outcomes. and orchestration Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure. Cisco Services Major Updates to the Data Center Certification Track The CCNA Data Center now has new content and The CCNP Data Center focuses on data center The recently enhanced CCIE Data Center certifies extensive hands-on learning that teaches the basics networking. Cisco is also delivering training for new skills requirements. to keep networks and networkers in the forefront Tejas Vashi. professionals’ skills in the latest technologies and center environment. Inc. processes. To support the skills needed for world-class digital business transformation. Learning@Cisco Data Center e-Guide Introduction Data Center Tracks Data Center Growth Update Customer Story Authorized Training Self Study Connections Curriculum Update Cisco enriches training and certification portfolio in support of latest skills and technologies needed for digital business transformation. cloud. and experiences is necessary for digital business transformation. and data solutions and emerging technologies needed to design. of innovation. such as network programmability and data analytics. unified computing. Cisco UCS director center automation and orchestration to validate IT implement and manage an complex. expert level skills focused on in depth data center of cloud computing. and data center. Cisco has made significant updates to its data center certification track. Enterprises need to access data from anywhere. security. virtualization. The ability to connect data. best practices. All rights reserved. Senior Director. January 2017 | © 2017 Cisco Systems. modern data basic functions. and application centric infrastructure. automation. of the data center infrastructure.

Even small enterprises have it in some form. Data Center Is the Brains But Rickey believes it’s his Data Center training and certification that delivers the most value right now for his employers and clients.” Universal Data For More Information To begin your exploration of Cisco Data Center certifications. I plan to earn my CCIE in Data Center. All rights reserved. so lucky that I have a passion for the technology.” He adds that understanding cloud management is now a basic skill for managing the data center. and even small advancement.” companies are moving to the cloud and to data centers. Rickey feels lucky to be doing something he loves. 6 .” Rickey’s plans don’t stop there: “In the next few months. the storage. so data center management is a great career. “This is especially important as more companies move into the cloud because they can’t maintain those services on site. It’s an excellent choice if you’re looking for job security and “We’re in a digital age. If you can keep the data center functioning. which is a big leap.” he says. he also acquired more than a dozen IT Cisco Certifications. he landed his current position in New Orleans. visit: www.” ­—Rickey Keith With a career arc that’s the envy of many young engineers. Before he was 30 years old. Inc. “I’m Service Operations Manager. “The data center is the brains of the environment. Learning@Cisco Data Center e-Guide Introduction Data Center Tracks Data Center Growth Update Customer Story Authorized Training Self Study Connections Customer Story Riding High with Data Center The sky’s the limit for a former “IT guy” who transitioned to data center management. . Rickey Keith was well on his way to being an IT pro. January 2017 | © 2017 Cisco Systems.cisco. After he earned his degree and gained valuable experience doing IT management for a hospital in Alaska. and especially the data centers. While he was developing his career. which makes it central to the way a company operates. This means that more Data Center-certified people will be needed. “This is where all the critical activities and processes happen. the Cisco servers.com/go/dccert. you can keep the whole enterprise operating.

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