Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialist
Learn how to deploy and optimize a storage network with multilayer switches and NX-OS.
The Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialist certification is scheduled to be retired on June 1, 2013. No certifications will be issued beginning June 1, 2013. Candidates are encouraged to pursue Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Support Specialist certification.
- Last day to test using exam 642-359 is May 31, 2013.
The Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialist certification validates an individual's understanding of how to deploy and optimize the features and benefits of the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Director and Multilayer Fabric Switches in order to maintain, implement, and troubleshoot a highly available storage network. In addition, this certification covers the use of Cisco NX-OS and provides a technology overview of Cisco Unified Fabric and Cisco Nexus products.
The best way to prepare for the certification is to take the Cisco-approved training:
Implementing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (ICSNS) v4.0
Implementing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (ICSNS) v4.0 course covers the key concepts and procedures you need to know to install, configure, and manage the MDS 9000 platform to improve the availability, scalability, performance and manageability of the SAN.
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Implementing Advanced Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (IASNS) v4.0
Implementing Advanced Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (IASNS) v4.0 is a training course covers advanced topics for Cisco MDS 9000 storage networks, including building virtual SAN fabrics, building heterogeneous SAN fabrics, configuring management and security services, configuring iSCSI, and advanced troubleshooting skills.
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The following resources are suggested study supplements; they are not designed to serve as a complete self-study program.
- 642-359 ICSNS Exam Topics
- Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialist Learning Map
- Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS)
- What is Data Center Ethernet?
- Cisco Data Center Network Architecture—At-A-Glance
- Cisco VN-Link At a Glance
- Data Center Library
- Additional Data Center content
- Cisco Learning Network - A variety of self-study materials can be found here.
Learning Partner Content
To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):
Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Designing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (DCSNS) v4.0 course. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of selecting and integrating Cisco storage products to design a highly scalable, efficient, high performing storage networking solution based on converged architecture. Cisco Storage Networking Design Specialist professionals understand how to utilize and employ the features and benefits of the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Directors and Switches, Cisco MDS 9509 Director Switch, Cisco 9216 Fabric Switch, and Cisco MDS 9120 products to create a high availability storage network design.
Complete one of the following recertification options every two years:
- Re-take and pass all exams for each Specialist certification indicated on the specific certification page. Please note: this includes ALL exams whether refreshed or not.
- Pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam
Achieving or recertifying CCDE or any CCIE automatically extends your active Specialist certification(s) up to the point of expiration of the last certification achieved.
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