Data Center Storage Networking Specialization


Become a Storage Networking Specialized Partner


Prove your expertise in optimizing data center networks for storage networking.


Data Center Storage Networking Specialization
Entry Express Advanced Master
     
Related certifications: Advanced Data Center Storage Networking is not required for certification.

Announcement: Retirement of Cisco DCNI and DCSN Specializations

Announcement Date: July 29, 2011
Last day for new partners to apply: October 31, 2011
Retirement Date: October 31, 2011
Program End Date: October 31, 2012


The Cisco Data Center Storage Networking (DCSN) Specialization helps your company to:

  • Develop sales, technical, and service capabilities for integrated networking solutions
  • Increase technical competency within the company
  • Be recognized as a Cisco Specialized Partner in the Cisco Partner Locator

The specialization also entitles you to a range of additional benefits. You can:


Account Manager | Systems Engineer | Field Engineer



Specialization Requirements

Three roles are required for the Advanced Data Center Storage Networking Specialization:

  • Account Manager (AM)
  • Systems Engineer (SE)
  • Field Engineer (FE)

These roles provide a roadmap with training content and exams that are tailored to pertinent jobs within a company. Following is a summary of training format, cost, and duration specifically for each role, as well as additional general training requirements. All costs are estimated and may vary by region.


Account Manager
Responsible for sales methodology and customer engagement.
Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
Cisco Sales Expert (#646-205 CSE) Exam $80 60 min
Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration
Cisco Data Center Networking Sales Specialist (646-985) Exam $80 60 min
Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
Cisco Sales Essentials v5.0 E-learning $0 5 hrs
Data Center Networking Solution Sales (DCNSS) E-learning $0 6 hrs
Total:   $160 13 hrs
Role Sharing Guidelines: One qualified individual may fill only the AM role in unlimited technology specializations.

Systems Engineer
Presales engineer responsible for data center storage networking solution planning and design.
Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
None - - -
Requirements:      

Data Center Storage Networking Design Specialist (642-357)

Exam $150 75 min
Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
Designing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions v4.0 E-learning
Instructor-led
$0
$3195
14 hrs
40 hrs
Total:
      E-learning
      Instructor-led
 
$150
$3345

16 hrs
42 hrs
Role Sharing Guidelines: One qualified individual may fill only the SE role in unlimited technology specializations.

Field Engineer
Post-sales engineer responsible for data center storage networking solution implementation and operation.
Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
None - - -
Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration

Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialist (642-359) 

Exam $150 60 min
Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
Implementing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions v4.0 E-learning
Instructor-led
$3195 31 hrs
Implementing Cisco Advanced Storage Networking Solutions (IASNS) v4.0 E-learning
Instructor-led
$0
$3195
31 hrs
31 hrs
Total:
      E-learning
      Instructor-led
 
$3345
$6540

63 hrs
63 hrs

Role Sharing Guidelines: One qualified individual may fill only the FE role in unlimited technology specializations.

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