CCIE Data Center certifies Expert-level capabilities and skills required for the planning, design, implementation and management of complex, modern IT data center infrastructure. Version 2.0 includes certification on policy-driven infrastructure, advanced virtualization, and data center automation and orchestration.
This certification is for experienced data center professionals who are seeking to future-proof skills that are needed for leadership roles focused on harnessing in-depth IT data center solutions and emerging technologies.
Candidates are expected to have in-depth understanding of the exam topics and strongly encouraged to have at least eight years of job experience before attempting certification.
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There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required.
Candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification. You can review the exam preparation materials included on this page for more information.
Steps to Certification
Step One: CCIE Data Center Written Exam
Candidates must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam prior to scheduling the Lab exam. The Written exam tests candidates on their knowledge of data center requirements, how different data center components interoperate, and their ability to translate it into the device configurations. It is a two-hour test with 90-110 questions. It certifies that professionals have the expertise to design, implement, diagnose, and troubleshoot complex Data Center technologies.
Step Two: CCIE Data Center Lab Exam
The Cisco CCIE Data Center Lab exam is an eight-hour, hands-on exam which requires a candidate to configure, diagnose, and troubleshoot a series of complex Data Center scenarios for a given specification. Knowledge of troubleshooting is an important skill and candidates are expected to diagnose and solve issues as part of the CCIE Lab exam. You must pass the Lab exam within three years of passing the Written exam to achieve certification. Your first Lab exam attempt must be made within 18 months of passing the Written exam.
CCIE certifications are valid for two years and must be recertified every two years thereafter.
To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:
For more information, access the CCIE Recertification.
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