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Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist

Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist

Learn how to design a virtualized data center with Cisco products.

The Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist validates an engineer's ability to design scalable, reliable, and intelligent Data Center Virtualization solutions. The following products are covered in learning materials:

  • Cisco Unified Computing System B and C Series
  • Server virtualization software
  • Server operating systems
  • Additional Cisco Data Center products

Prerequisites

All candidates must meet the following baseline requirements:

Candidates pursuing 642-998 DCUCD

Note: Prerequisites NOT applicable for DCUC ATP Partner status. Please visit
Data Center Unified Computing Requirements for specific DCUC ATP Roles and Requirements.

Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
642-998 DCUCD Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD)
642-999 DCUCI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v5.0

Note to Channel Partners: The Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist should not be confused with the Cisco Unified Computing Technology Design Specialist. Channel Partner specializations do not require the specialist badge represented on this page for specialization job role qualification. For more information on job role requirements, please visit the Partner Central Specialization pages. For more information on qualifying exams, please visit the Partner Education Connection.

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

Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD)

The Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD) course covers the the data center unified computing and virtualization solutions based on Cisco data center unified computing product portfolio, explains how to evaluate existing data center computing solution and determine the requirements, and design Cisco data center unified computing solution.
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Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)

The Data Center Unified Computing Implementation (DCUCI) 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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Self-Study Materials

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

642-998 DCUCD

The 642-998 DCUCD Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing exam is associated with the CCNP DC certification and with the Cisco Unified Computing Design Specialist. 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.

642-999 DCUCI

The 642-999 DCUCI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing exam is associated with the CCNP DC certification and with the Cisco Unified Computing Support Specialist. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing. 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 are covered by this exam.

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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