Here, you will find the latest news on Cisco certifications, links to video offerings from TechWiseTV, and upcoming events such as Networkers and those provided through Networking Professionals Connection.


Cisco Introduces Four New Career Certifications

In response to the growing demand for IT professionals who can design, manage, and maintain converged technologies across global network infrastructures, Cisco recently announced the release of four new career certifications. 

Cisco Certified Architect, CCNP Wireless, and two new Cisco Datacenter Unified Computing Specialists reinforce Cisco's commitment in developing state of the art, technology driven, role-based certifications that meet the demands of today's network professional.

  • Cisco Certified Architect -- Available since January, Cisco Certified Architect is the pinnacle for individuals wishing to establish formal validation of both design and IT skills in Cisco technologies and infrastructure.
  • CCNP Wireless -- Available July 24, 2009, CCNP Wireless recognizes the expertise and technical acumen of wireless professionals who support and manage Cisco wireless LANs and networks.
  • Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Specialists -- Available October 2009, Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist and Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist validate a data center computing professional's knowledge, expertise, and ability to run mission-critical computer operations.

Further information will be made available on the Cisco Learning Network in the coming weeks in support of these exciting new certifications.


TechWiseTV: "IP Telephony Without the Migration Migraines"

Today, the vast majority of IT and voice professionals accept the economic and business benefits of IP telephony over traditional time-division multiplexing (TDM)-based voice solutions. However, most fear the migration process.

Now, learn how you can transition from your traditional private branch exchange (PBX) to IP telephony without the pain and suffering. Special co-host Tina Shakour, who has supervised over 50 implementations since 2001, joins the TechWise team to give you a complete customer-tested migration roadmap that covers the technical nuts and bolts, carrier considerations, PBX cutover options, training, security, and more.

Discover what you need to know about your existing PBX and network before you start, how to evaluate potential technology implementers, how to accelerate your ROI, how to identify and win over your most critical stakeholders, and where and when to start the migration process. Find out everything you need to know from A to Z for a painless transition to IP telephony, as we reveal:

  • Signaling standards and protocols you must consider
  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking: What does it really mean?
  • Five things you need to consider before "cutting the cord"
  • What to do if your PBX does not support SIP and other newer protocols
  • Best practices for minimizing user disruption
  • How to evaluate features and choose the ones that will truly help your business
  • Critical mistakes that doom migrations and how to avoid them
  • How to help ensure security, five-nines reliability, and manageability

Learn more and register to view today.


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Upcoming "Ask the Expert" Events and TechTalks from NetPro

Networking Professionals Connection (NetPro) is an interactive website where you can discuss Cisco networking products and technologies with Cisco experts and networking professionals around the world.

Upcoming events on NetPro include:

  • "Ask the Expert" events, which allow you to discuss specific networking issues online with Cisco engineers:
    • "Unified Computing," archived event
    • "QoS on the Catalyst 6500," now through July 17
    • "Cisco Unified Communications Express Update," now through July 17
    • "TelePresence," July 20-31
    • "SIP Trunks for PSTN Access," July 20-31

      Note: "Ask the Expert" events are subject to rescheduling. Please refer to the URL above for the most current schedule.
  • TechTalks are online webcasts that focus on particular technology subjects. You can view the latest event schedule, register to attend a live session, and view archived presentations on the web any time.

To attend an event or participate in a discussion forum, visit Networking Professionals Connection.

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