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Essentials of CCNP Data Center Webinar Series

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Essentials of CCNP Data Center Webinar Series

The CCNP Data Center exams have been completely updated as of January 17th, 2017. Through July 23, 2017, candidates may choose to take either the version 5 exams, or the version 6 exams or a combination of both depending upon the individual’s goals. To assist you during this period, please refer to the CCNP Data Center v1.0 to v6.0 Exam Highlights and the CCNP Data Center Exam Migration Tool. This tool will provide the exam options to complete in order to achieve a CCNP Data Center certification.

The CCNP Data Center certification and training program offers comprehensive certification and Professional-level skills focused on the data center solutions, technologies and best practices to design, implement, and manage a modern data center infrastructure.

IT practitioners who are Cisco trained and certified are uniquely qualified for key roles in complex data center environments, with expertise utilizing technologies including policy-driven infrastructure, virtualization, automation and orchestration, unified computing, data center security, and integration of cloud initiatives. CCNP Data Center certified professionals are highly qualified for senior roles chartered with enabling digital business transformation initiatives.

Prerequisites

Valid Cisco CCNA Data Center certification or any Cisco CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.

Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
642-999 DCUCI
Last day to test:
July 23, 2017

OR

300-175 DCUCI

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v5.0

 

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v6.0

AND
642-997 DCUFI
Last day to test:
July 23, 2017

OR

300-165 DCII

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) v5.0

 

Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.0

AND
300-170 DCVAI Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.0
AND
642-998 DCUCD
Last day to test:
July 23, 2017

AND

642-996 DCUFD
Last day to test:
July 23, 2017

OR

300-160 DCID

Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD) v5.0

 

Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD) v5.0

 

Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v6.0

OR
642-035 DCUCT
Last day to test:
July 23, 2017

AND

642-980 DCUFT
Last day to test:
July 23, 2017

OR

300-180 DCIT

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCT)

 

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT)

 

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT) v6.0

Self-Study Materials

The following resources are suggested study materials:

Cisco Learning Network Resources

Learning Partner Content

 

The best way to prepare for this certification is to take the Cisco-approved training:

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v5.0

This course is designed to serve the needs of engineers and technicians who implement Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers.
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Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) v5.0

This course covers the key components and procedures needed to install, configure, manage and troubleshoot the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 switch in the network and SAN environment.
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Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD) v5.0

This course covers data center unified computing and virtualization solutions. It explains how to evaluate existing data center computing solution, determine the requirements, and design Cisco data center unified computing solution.
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Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD) v5.0

This course enables engineers to choose and design scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center networks.
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Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCT) v5.0

This course prepares system engineers and implementers with the knowledge and hands-on experience to troubleshoot Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers operating in standalone and integrated modes.
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Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT) v5.0

This course covers how to install, implement, maintain and troubleshoot the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches, the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders, and the Cisco MDS Series Multilayer Fabric Switches.
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Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v6.0

The focus of this course is on deploying, securing, operating, and maintaining the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and UCS C-Series Rack Servers for use in data centers.
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Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.0

The focus of this course is implementation of LAN, SAN, and Data Center Unified Fabric. The course provides hands-on experience implementing Cisco data center infrastructure.
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Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.0

This course focuses on the implementation and deployment automation of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Nexus switches. It provides rich, hands-on experience building a data center solution.
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Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v6.0

The focus of this course is data center design based on Cisco solutions. The course includes theoretical content, as well as design-oriented case studies.
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Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT) v6.0

The focus of this course is troubleshooting of LAN, SAN, Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).
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To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):

642-999 DCUCI

Last day to test: July 23, 2017

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing. It will include concepts like setup of the computing environment in a standalone and rack-mountable configuration, provisioning of storage resources, backup, management functions and deployment of a virtualized environment.

642-997 DCUFI

Last day to test: July 23, 2017

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric architecture, security, management, high availability, virtualization in the network.

642-998 DCUCD

Last day to test: July 23, 2017

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing, including design concept in a server virtualization environment, scalability, reliability, performances, management.

642-996 DCUFD

Last day to test: July 23, 2017

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric solutions, including reference network topologies, routing protocols, traffic design concepts, storage and storage networking architectures, scalability, and availability; security and management architectures.

642-035 DCUCT

Last day to test: July 23, 2017

This exam tests skill of troubleshooting a virtualized computing environment based on Cisco Unified Computing System platform, focusing on features like storage and network connectivity, installation, memory issues, booting issues, drivers, BIOS and adapters connectivity issues.

642-980 DCUFT

Last day to test: July 23, 2017

This exam tests a candidate's troubleshooting skills in the Unified Fabric domain, troubleshooting connectivity issues, convergent I/O, Storage issues, as well as issues related to specific features like OTV (overlay transport virtualization).

300-175 DCUCI

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco data center technologies including unified computing, unified computing maintenance and operations, automation, unified computing security, and unified computing storage.

300-165 DCII

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure including key protocols, routing and switching protocols, maintenance, management, operations, security, and storage.

300-170 DCVAI

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure including virtualization, automation, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), ACI network resources, and ACI management and monitoring.

300-160 DCID

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of Cisco data center infrastructure design pertaining to deployment requirements and options for network connectivity, infrastructure, storage network, compute connectivity, and compute resource parameters.

300-180 DCIT

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of troubleshooting Cisco data center infrastructure including data network protocols, network virtualization and automation, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), storage, compute platforms, and management and operations.

Cisco Professional-level certifications (CCDP, CCNP Cloud, CCNP Collaboration, CCNP Data Center, CCNP Routing and Switching, CCNP Security, CCNP Service Provider, and CCNP Wireless) are valid for three years.

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

When using a higher level of certification to extend other certifications, the expiration date of other certifications will extend to the expiration date of the higher certification (i.e.: If you have one year left on your CCNA certification and you earn a CCIE certification (which has a two-year certification life) then both your CCIE certification and your CCNA certification will expire two years from the date you achieved the CCIE certification). For more information, access the How to Recertify page.

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