CCIE Storage Networking

Expert Level Knowledge

Certifies expert-level knowledge of intelligent storage solutions using multiple transport options over long distances.


The Cisco CCIE Storage Networking certification is scheduled to be retired. No new certifications will be issued beginning July 1, 2013. Candidates are encouraged to pursue a Cisco CCIE Data Center certification, CCNP Data Center certification, or Data Center Specialist certification.

The last day to test using the 350-040 written exam will be April 30, 2013, and the last day to test using the lab exam will be June 30, 2013.
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Storage area networks require in-depth experience to manage, deploy, and interconnect multiple types of data storage devices and data servers that enterprise users rely on today. Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Storage Networking (CCIE Storage Networking) professionals have expert knowledge in the implementation and troubleshooting of storage area networks including LANs, MANs and WANs over Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCIP and FICON and must demonstrate in-depth understanding of Layer 2 and 3 network infrastructure.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, 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.

Step One: CCIE Storage Networking Written Exam

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam which covers storage networking concepts, features, design, applications, management and device operations before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

Step Two: CCIE Storage Networking Lab Exam

The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to get the storage area network running in a timed test situation. You must pass the lab within three years of passing the written to achieve certification. Your first lab attempt must be made within 18-months.

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To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):

CCIE Storage Networking Written Exam
(350-040 CCIE SAN)

The written exam is a two-hour, multiple choice test with 100 questions covering topics such as storage device protocols, troubleshooting tools, storage networking design, applications, and advanced management.

CCIE Storage Networking Lab Exam

The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to get the storage area network running in a timed test situation.

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