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Unified Fabric Technology Specialization

Advance Your Expertise

Expand opportunities and increase profitability with this specialization.

Advance Your Expertise

Become a Unified Fabric Technology Specialized Partner

Prove your expertise in optimizing data center networks, storage, and application services.

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The Cisco Unified Fabric Technology Specialization helps your company to:

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

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

Requirements

Role-Sharing Guidelines (PDF - 59 KB) Adobe PDF file

For country requirements, learn more about country groupings. Also, see the specialization requirements in a consolidated view.

  • Account Manager

    Responsible for sales methodology and customer engagement

    • Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Unified Fabric Technology Account Manager Representative*      
      Selling Business Outcomes (#810-401 or #810-403) Exam $150 1 hour
      Data Center Networking Solution Sales (DCNSS, #646-985) Exam $200 1 hour
      Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Selling Business Outcomes E-Learning $0 6 hours
      Data Center Networking Solution Sales (DCNSS) v3.0 E-Learning $0 6 hours
      Total:   $350 14 hours
      *Renewal of Representative certifications require the completion of listed exams. They are not renewed automatically by Cisco Career Certification renewal or passing a CCIE exam.
  • Systems Engineer

    Presales engineers are responsible for unified fabric technology solution planning and design

    • Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      CCDA associate-level certification
      or
      Exam $250 2 hours
      CCDP or any CCIE Exam $750 5 hours
      Requirement(s):      
      Data Center Unified Fabric Design Specialist      
      Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD, #642-996) v5 Exam $250 1.25 hours
      Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI, #642-997) v5 Exam $250 1 hour
      Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD) v5.0 Instructor-Led v5 $3,295 40 hours
      Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) v5.0 Instructor-Led v5 $3,295 40 hours
      Total:   $7,340 to $7,840 84.25 to 87.25 hours
  • Field Engineer

    Postsales engineers are responsible for Unified Fabric technology solution implementation and operation

    • Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      CCNA associate-level certification
      or
      Exam $300 1.5 hours
      CCNP or any CCIE Exam $750 6 hours
      Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Data Center Unified Fabric Support Specialist      
      Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI, #642-997) v5 Exam $250 1 hour
      Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT, #642-980) Exam $250 1 hour
      Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) v5.0 Instructor-Led v5 $3,295 24 hours
      Troubleshooting Cisco Unified Fabric (DCUFT) v5.0 Instructor-Led v5 $3,095 24 hours
      Total:   $7,190 to $7,640 51.5 to 56 hours
  • Apply:

    Your company must be a Cisco Registered Partner before you apply for specialization or certification. Follow these steps to apply:

    1. Visit the "Become a Registered Partner" page if you are new to the Cisco Channel Partner Program and have not registered.
    2. Verify that the certified individuals fulfilling job roles are allocated to your company with their CSCO testing number. Partner Administrators and internal Cisco employees (associated through the CAM Assignment tool) are able to verify this information using the Partner Self Service tool. (It takes five to ten business days on average for Cisco to receive the exam results data from its respective testing agencies.)
    3. Complete and submit the Specialization Application.
      If you encounter any issues in the application or renewal process, please open a case with the Customer Service Central (formerly Partner Relationship Team - PRT).

    Renew:

    To renew a specialization:

    1. Begin the recertification process 90 days before your anniversary date.
    2. Verify that you are in compliance with the current specialization requirements.
    3. Submit your application using the Certification and Specialization Application online web tool.

    You must meet all requirements to submit your application. If you encounter any issues in the application or renewal process, open a case with the Customer Service Central (formerly Partner Relationship Team - PRT).

    If you fail to submit a recertification application within 10 days after your anniversary date, you will lose your specialization.

    Note: If a partner does not remain in compliance with the applicable specialization or certification requirements, Cisco reserves the right to revoke the specialization or certification at any time. Partners must notify Cisco of its non-compliance promptly, but in no event more than thirty (30) days after partner first becomes aware of its non-compliance. Upon receipt of such notice, partner may qualify for an extension of time in which to renew its compliance with the applicable specialization or certification requirements. Partner's failure to provide such notice may disqualify partner from receiving such an extension. If no extension is granted or if partner fails to comply with the certification or specialization requirements by the end of the extension period, Cisco reserves the right to revoke the applicable specialization or certification immediately. Additional information regarding non-compliance may be found in the Audit and Policies Document