IT Certifications and Career Paths

Data Center Certification Comparison Chart

Data Center Certification Comparison Chart
Certification Name Years of experience Job Role Product/Technology Number of exams Prerequisites
CCNA Data Center 1 - 3 Data Center Network Administrator Basic Cisco router and switch operations, Cisco Nexus 1000v, 2000 and 5000 Series switches, Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series Blade Servers, Cisco ACE Appliance, and Cisco WAAS 2 None
CCNP Data Center 5-8 Presales Engineer
Design Engineer
Implementation Engineer
Support Engineer
Cisco Nexus Switches (1000, 5000, and 7000 Series), Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series Blade Servers, Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco Data Center Network Manager, Cisco Virtual Network Management Center, and Cisco MDS Series Multilayer Switches 4 CCNA Data Center
CCIE Data Center 8+ Business Services Architect
Technology Architect
Design Engineer
Implementation Engineer
Support Engineer
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Switch, Cisco MDS 9222i Multiservice Modular Switch, Cisco Nexus 7009 Switch, Cisco Nexus 5548 Switch, Cisco Nexus 2232 Fabric Extenders, Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches, Cisco UCS, and Cisco ACE Appliance 2 None
Data Center Specialists
Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist 3-5 Server Virtualization Design/Presales Engineer Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series Blade Servers, server virtualization software, and server operating systems 2 None
Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist 3-5 Server Virtualization Implementation/Support/Field Engineer/Server Administrator Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series Blade Servers, Cisco UCS in an enterprise data center routing and switching infrastructure, and next-generation Cisco Nexus product family 2 None
Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Design Specialist 3-5 Network Virtualization and Unified I/O Design/Presales Engineer Cisco Nexus Switches (1000, 5000, and 7000 Series), Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series Switches, Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco Data Center Network Manager, Cisco Virtual Network Management Center, and Cisco MDS Series Multilayer Switches 2 None
Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Support Specialist 3-5 Network Virtualization and Unified I/O Implementation/Support/Field Engineer Cisco Nexus Switches (1000, 5000, and 7000 Series), Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series Blade Servers, Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco Data Center Network Manager, Cisco Virtual Network Management Center, and Cisco MDS Series Multilayer Switches 2 None
Cisco and NetApp Flexpod Specialist 3-5 Flexpod Engineers, Administrators, Field Engineers Cisco UCS and NetApp Storage, Flexpod management tools, Cisco Nexus 2 None

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