Authorized Connected Grid

The Cisco Authorized Connected Grid Partner Program is designed for partners with a successful network design and deployment practice who aspire to develop a Cisco Smart Grid business practice. Ideal partners will have proven success selling and supporting network solutions for the energy and utilities market.

Program benefits include:

  • Market differentiation as a recognized Cisco Authorized Connected Grid Partner
  • Access to the Cisco Smart Grid Planning Design and Implementation Help Desk
  • Access to the Cisco Emerging Technology Partner Resource Center
  • Specially priced Cisco Connected Grid Lab Kit

Read more. Partners who wish to pursue this program should read and complete the requirements.

Prerequisites and Requirements

The Cisco Authorized Connected Grid Partner Program classification is available to partners in the following job roles:

  1. Account Manager
  2. Systems Engineer
  3. Field Engineer
  4. Utilities Industry Practice Manager (recommended but not required)

Role sharing is not permitted within this program.

Prerequisites: Candidates must, at a minimum level, be Cisco Premier Partner certified. It is recommended that program candidates also achieve the Cisco Advanced Routing and Switching specialization or Enterprise Networks Architecture Specialization.

Requirements: Partners must undergo the training program, pass mandatory exams, and purchase, install, and validate required lab gear.

Account Manager

Responsible for Connected Grid sales methodology and customer engagement (Cisco Sales Expert recommended)

Required Training:
Required Exam:

Systems Engineer

Presales engineer responsible for Connected Grid solution planning and design

Required Prerequisite:
Required Training:
Required Exam:

Field Engineer

Postsales engineer responsible for Connected Grid solution implementation and operation

Required Prerequisite:
Required Training:
Required Exam:

Utilities Industry Practice Manager (recommended)

Focuses on building partner's Utilities industry practice and deepening of Cisco relationship.

Required Training:

The Cisco Authorized Connected Grid Partner Program lab requirements have been bundled into a Connected Grid Lab SKU. Once the partner has initiated the Cisco Authorized Connected Grid Partner program application process, email the Cisco Worldwide Channels team to gain access to the ordering guide.

Product Description
CGR-2010-SEC-K9 Connected Grid Router
CGS-2520-24TC Connected Grid Switch
CGS-2520-16S-8PC Connected Grid Switch
GRWIC-8A/S-232 Module
SMARTnet Service

The gear must be ordered, installed, and verified by the partner to remain in good standing with the Cisco Authorized Connected Grid Partner program. The above lab requirements list is Subject to Change.

Cisco Authorized Connected Grid Partner Program Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for the program:

  1. Work with your Cisco partner account manager or systems engineer to determine your eligibility, identify any requirement gaps, and create a development plan.
  2. Apply for the program through the Program Management and Application tool (formerly CSApp).
    • Select Access Program Application
    • Then select the Specialization Application tab
    • Then select Cisco Authorized Connected Grid Partner Program
  3. Satisfy program requirements to become eligible for participation.

The Cisco Connected Grid product family is optimized for use in connected energy applications such as grid automation, intelligent energy infrastructure, distributed generation, integrated renewable energy, and oil and gas applications.

The Cisco Connected Grid Router 2010 and Connected Grid Switch 2520 are ideal for organizations that want to develop a more sophisticated energy infrastructure or smart grid. Those organizations include:

  • Electric
  • Water
  • Oil and gas
  • Renewable energy

These ruggedized products have been extensively tested and are KEMA-certified to meet challenging substation compliance standards including IEEE 1613 and International Electrotechnical Commission IEC-61850-3. The Cisco Connected Grid portfolio is designed for high availability, integrated security management, and scalability.

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