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CCIE Data Center

This version of the CCIE Data Center certification has been retired as of April 27, 2020 and has been replaced by the new CCIE Data Center certification.

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CCIE Data Center

Cisco CCIE Data Center certification validates the expert-level skills required for the planning, design, implementation and management of complex modern IT data center infrastructure.

Overview

Why certify?

The CCIE Data Center practitioner is uniquely qualified to play a leadership role in harnessing evolving technologies and deep domain expertise to meet business requirements that depend on an agile IT infrastructure. Professionals who achieve CCIE Data Center certification have demonstrated their technical skills at the highest level, using industry best practices.

Advanced skills are focused on Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity, fabric infrastructure, storage networking and compute, network services, and automation and orchestration. Knowledge of evolving technologies, and their impact on the architectural framework, deployment models, implementation, and operations–are included in CCIE certification.

Prerequisites

While there are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification, you are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the exam topics and are strongly encouraged to have eight years of job experience before attempting certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, candidates must first pass the CCIE Data Center Written Exam, and then the corresponding CCIE Data Center Lab Exam.

Step One: CCIE Data Center written exam

Retired: February 24, 2020

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam covering concepts and equipment commands related to data center networking infrastructure, before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

Step two: CCIE Data Center lab exam

Retired: April 26, 2020

CCIE Data Center Lab is a two-part eight-hour timed exam that tests the candidate's skills in diagnosing, configuring and troubleshooting a complex data center topology. The candidate must make an initial attempt of the CCIE lab exam within 18-months of passing the CCIE written exam. Candidates who do not pass must reattempt the lab exam within 12 months of their last scored attempt in order for their written exam to remain valid. Candidate must pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, otherwise the written exam needs to be retaken prior to retaking the lab exam.

The two parts to the eight-hour lab exam are to be taken in sequence during the day of the exam starting with Part 1, followed by Part 2 are:

  • Part 1: Diagnostic module (one hour)
  • Part 2: Configuration & Troubleshooting module (seven hours)

Take exam

To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):

CCIE Data Center written exam (400-151 CCIE DC)

Retired: February 24, 2020

The CCIE Data Center written exam certifies expert-level skills to plan, design, implement, operate, and troubleshoot complex data center infrastructure. It accesses the ability to understand the requirements of data centers, how different components in the data center interoperate, and ability to translate it into the device configurations.

CCIE Data Center lab exam

Retired: April 26, 2020

The lab exam is an eight-hour, hands-on exam which requires you to configure and troubleshoot a series of complex networks to given specifications. Knowledge of troubleshooting is an important skill and candidates are expected to diagnose and solve issues as part of the CCIE Data Center lab exam.

Recertification

CCIE Data Center certification is valid for three years.

 

Continuing Education

Continuing education program

Cisco announces a flexible and alternative method of recertification for expert-level certification holders. In addition to the existing option of passing relevant exams, candidates can choose to recertify by earning credits through the Continuing education Program.