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Updated Requirements: Master Cloud Builder Specialization (PDF - 197 KB)
Enterprises, service providers, small businesses, and governments are looking for cloud solutions to solve some of their biggest business and technology challenges. A solution to these challenges requires an approach that fully integrates the three pillars of cloud: cloud applications and services, data centers, and networks.
Building on your Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization, the exclusive Master Cloud Builder Specialization brings Data Center mainstream by recognizing and rewarding channel partners who have proven capabilities to build and deploy cloud-ready, integrated infrastructures based on Cisco solutions and our technology ecosystem partner cloud offerings across storage, virtualization, and cloud management. By achieving the elite Master Cloud Builder Specialization you will create a strong competitive differentiation and facilitate a new generation of IT and cloud services delivered economically, without compromising security or functionality. This specialization helps you:
- Differentiate your organization from other Cisco partners
- Increase profitability with rebates, and accelerate business and market growth
- Use the Master Cloud Builder Partner logo to uniquely position your capabilities
- Benefit from partnerships with Cisco technology ecosystem partners
- Capture and grow business opportunities in cloud management and virtualization
- Connect with over 300 providers who have hundreds of cloud solutions ready for you to sell
The Master Cloud Builder Specialization also offers the following incentives:
- Additional Value Incentive Program rebates
- Teaming Incentive Program and Opportunity Incentive Program discounts
The Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization is for a specific group of partners who have in-depth technology skills. These partners also have demonstrated customer success in more sophisticated, value-added Cisco Data Center and Cisco Cloud Builder solutions, including:
Partners with a highly qualified data center and cloud practice can achieve a Master Cloud Builder Specialization regardless of certification level.
Master Cloud Builder Specialization Steps
Step 1: Pre-Audit Validation
These requirements will be validated remotely before the onsite audit is scheduled. Requirement Evidence Cisco Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization Partner must hold the Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization. A check is performed through an internal system validation, through the Certification and Specialization Application (CSApp) online tool. Cloud Management (one or more) Cisco UCS Director. Validated during audit. Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud. Validated during audit. BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management (CLM). Validated during audit. CA AutoSuite for Cloud. Validated during audit. Microsoft Systems Center 2012. Validated during audit. VMware vCloud Director. Validated during audit. Virtualization (hypervisor) (one or more) VMware Enterprise or Premier Certification. The partner uploads a copy of the certificate into CSApp. Citrix Gold or Platinum Certification. The partner uploads a copy of the certificate into CSApp. Red Hat Premier or SI Certification. The partner uploads a copy of the certificate into CSApp. Microsoft Silver or Gold Certification. The partner uploads a copy of the certificate into CSApp. Integrated Infrastructure (one or more) Vblock The partner uploads as part of the customer reference requirement. Validated during audit. FlexPod The partner uploads as part of the customer reference requirement. Validated during audit. FlexPod Express The partner uploads as part of the customer reference requirement. Validated during audit. VIA-HDS The partner uploads as part of the customer reference requirement. Validated during audit. VersaStack The partner uploads as part of the customer reference requirement. Validated during audit. OpenStack The partner uploads as part of the customer reference requirement. Validated during audit. VSPEX The partner uploads as part of the customer reference requirement. Validated during audit. Customer References: For certification and recertification, partners provide documentation to validate three sophisticated deployments based on specific qualifying data center and cloud criteria. See the Master Cloud Builder Customer Reference Checklist. The partner completes the customer reference document, which includes customer reference account deployment summaries, for the three customer references.
A Cisco Channel Systems Engineer (SE) reviews the customer reference document and validates deployments. The SE must upload the customer reference checklist into CSApp or sign the copy uploaded by the partner admin. This indicates review and validation of the customer reference checklist.
Step 2: Onsite Audit
After a Cisco Certification Program Manager validates your application, the manager will forward your application to the third-party auditing firm. That firm will contact you to arrange an audit date. Requirement Preparation Onsite Audit Capabilities Validation All requirements for the onsite audit are found in the Cisco Channel Program Audit and Policies document. Prepare accordingly. Onsite Audit Demonstration* Be prepared to perform a demonstration as directed by the Master Cloud Builder Demonstration Guidelines document *dCloud is not currently available for use in satisfying the Master Cloud Builder demonstration requirements because it does not support all Integrated Infrastructure vendors or options. Cisco will continue to evaluate its suitability for future use as additional functionality becomes available.
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Certifications and specializations are based on meeting all requirements within a given country, or country grouping where relevant.