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Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Design Specialist

Data Center Unified Fabric Design Specialist

Learn more about the Data Center Unified Fabric Design Specialist certification.

Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Design Specialist is for data center professionals who want to design and implement convergence, network scale and virtualization-awareness within their data center network. The Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Design Specialist is a design and implementation track that tests a candidate's knowledge and implementation skills of network topologies and architecture, routing protocols, traffic design and network virtualization. Unlike other data center general certifications, this program combines design and implementation knowledge of unified fabric architecture with security, high-availability and network virtualization in one program.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites

Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
642-996 DCUFD Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD) v5.0
642-997 DCUFI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) v5.0

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

Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD)

The Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD) course enables engineers to choose and design scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center networks.
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Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI)

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) 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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Self-Study Materials

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

642-996 DCUFD v5.0

The 642-996 (DCUFD v5.0) Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric exam validates a candidate's knowledge of designing a Cisco data center unified fabric solution, including reference network topologies, routing protocols, traffic design concepts, storage and storage networking architectures, scalability, availability, and security and management architectures. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD v5.0) course.

642-997 DCUFI v5.0

The 642-997 (DCUFI v5.0) Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric exam tests and validates a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco data center unified fabric architecture including security, management, high availability, and virtualization in the network. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI v5.0) course.

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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