Designing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions

Last Day to test: May 31, 2013
Exam Number:     642-357
Associated Certifications: Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Design Specialist
Duration: 60 minutes (55 - 65 questions)
Available Languages: English and Japanese
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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.

Exam Description

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.

Exam Topics

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

  • Perform a needs analysis that identifies the appropriate Storage Networking topology, protocols, and transport to meet customer's requirements
  • Identify the interoperability requirements of a customer's SAN
  • Design a solution that addresses a customer's SAN requirements
  • Design appropriate IP configurations for a SAN solution