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Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization

Gain Data Center Expertise

Increase opportunities and profitability with this advanced specialization.

Gain Data Center Expertise

Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization

With the Data Center Architecture Specialization, you can take advantage of the $67.9 billion market opportunity and contribute to your profitability. This specialization provides an advanced level of knowledge and skill, allowing you to meet customers' diverse data center needs, including consolidation and virtualization, private cloud computing, application- or infrastructure-as-a-service, and big data.
With it you can:

New Specialization No-Retest Rule

New Specialization No-Retest Rule

You are no longer required to retest on pre-existing exam content to recertify. (PDF - 231 KB)

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The Cisco Channel Partner Program is designed to strengthen your ability to capture market opportunities. Partners who invest in the Data Center Architecture Specialization are eligible for the following certifications:

Data Center Architecture Partners also can participate in Cisco channel incentive programs.

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 (AM)

    Responsible for sales methodology and customer engagement.

    • Requirements: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Data Center Architecture Account Manager Representative*
      Selling Business Outcomes (#810-401 or #810-403) Exam $150 1 hour
      Data Center Unified Computing Sales Specialist (PSDCUCAM, #650-987) Exam $65 1.25 hours
      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
      Quickstart for Data Center/Virtualization Architecture E-learning $0 2 hours
      Cisco Data Center Unified Computing for Account Managers (DCUCAM) v1.1 E-learning $0 6 hours
      Data Center Networking Solution Sales (DCNSS) v3.0 E-learning $0 6 hours
      Total:   $415 23.25 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.
  • Architecture Systems Engineer (ASE)

    Presales engineer responsible for Data Center Architecture solution planning and design. Possesses both business and technical skills. Understands customer business needs and issues, business process and transformation.

    • Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      There are no prerequisites for this role. - - -
      Requirements:      
      Data Center Architecture Systems Engineer Representative*
      Data Center Unified Computing Sales Specialist (PSDCUCAM, #650-987) Exam $65 1.25 hours
      Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD, #642-996) v5 Exam $250 1 hour
      Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD, #642-998) v5 Exam $250 1 hour
      Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Quickstart for Data Center/Virtualization Architecture E-learning $0 2 hours
      Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD) v5.0 Instructor-led v5 $3,295 40 hours
      Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD) v5.0 Instructor-led v5 $3,495 40 hours
      Total:   $7,355 85.25 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.
  • Field Engineer 1 Unified Computing (FE)

    Post-sales engineer responsible for Data Center Architecture unified computing solutions and considerations.

    • Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      There are no prerequisites for this role. - - -
      Requirements: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist
      Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI, #642-999) v5 Exam $250 1 hour
      Troubleshooting Cisco Unified Computing (DCUCT, #642-035) Exam $250 1 hour
      Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v5.0 Instructor-led v5 $3,495 40 hours
      Troubleshooting Cisco Unified Computing (DCUCT) v5.0 Instructor-led v5 $3,095 24 hours
      Total:   $7,090 66 hours
  • Field Engineer 2 Unified Fabric (FE)

    Post-sales engineer responsible for Data Center Architecture unified fabric solutions.

    • Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      CCNP-Data Center
      Or
      Exam $750 2 hours
      CCIE Data Center, CCNP-Routing and Switching (aka CCNP), CCIE Service Provider, CCIE Design, CCIE ISP Dial, CCIE Routing & Switching, CCIE Security, CCIE SNA/IP Integration, CCIE Service Provider Comprehensive, CCIE Storage Networking, CCIE Voice, CCIE WAN Switching, CCIE Wireless, or CCIE SP Operations Exam $400 2 hours
      Requirements: 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 $3,495 40 hours
      Troubleshooting Cisco Unified Fabric (DCUFT) v5.0 Instructor-led v5 $3,095 24 hours
      Total:   $7,490 to $7,840 66 hours